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What Web Design is All About
Web design involves different skills and disciplines about the production and maintenance of websites. Graphic design, authoring (standardized code and proprietary software), interface design, user experience design, and search engine optimization are the different features of a web design. Some web designers have knowledge on every aspect of web design, but most designers typically work in teams, wherein every individual handles a different part of the process.
The web design process entails the front-end design of a website, including creating mark up. When it comes to the broader scale of web development, web design is somewhat more complex than web engineering because web designers have technical knowledge on usability and they are expected to be updated with the current guidelines on website accessibility if their task involves writing markup, too.
HTML and CSS
HTML or HyperText Markup Language plays an important part in web design. It provides the content of the website – its structure and meaning define what the context is – including images, headings, paragraphs, and so on. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is a display language. It enhances what the content of the website looks like with the use of fonts and colors.
Both the HTML and CSS languages are used separately from each other and it is important to maintain them when dealing with the process of web design. For example, every web-related activity, CSS should not be created in an HTML document and vice versa. In general, the rule is that HTML is always about the content, whereas CSS is always about the appearance of that content. In some cases, beginners of HTML might encounter odd and new terms, but with experience and time, they tend to become more knowledgeable with all of them. The commonly used terms that you should be familiar with on HTML are elements, attributes, and tags.
Tools in Web Design
Depending on what stage of the web production process, designers use a broad range of various tools in web designing. While the principles are still the same, the technologies and tools constantly update by the current standards and software. To create images and design prototypes using a web format, web designers use vector and raster graphics. In building a website, the main technology used is the standardized markup that can be hand cooked or generated through WYSIWYG editing software.
There is also proprietary software that utilizes plug-ins in order to bypass the browser version of the user. For the most part, they are WYSIWYG, although it’s possible to apply a scripting language. Search engine optimization techniques can also be used to determine the ranking of the website in search engines and recommend ways to improve it. Markup validators and some other tools are used for testing usability and accessibility. This is to ensure that the website is able to meet the guidelines
Most usability experts and professionals say that the success of a website largely depends on the homepage design because it is the most important part of a website. But in the early 2000’s, there was a discovery that a heavy number of web traffic was unmindful to the homepage. They are mostly going directly to the contents of the website via search engines, e-newsletters, and RSS feeds.
Because of this, it is apparent that homepages now have lesser important part in the success of a website. In 2012 and 2013, carousels (rotating banners and sliders) became a well-known feature of web design on homepages. They are used to display new content in a particular space.
The look and feel of a website is more important than merely showing the information you want. However, you must do it in such a way that creates attention and appeals to your target audience.
This blog will assist you develop your website, particularly web design, that appeals and creates attention to the biggest possible audience.