Rules of a Good Web Page Design

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The rules of a good Web page design include having a clearly laid-out menu, standard underlines for links and standard colors to highlight links. Make sure Web site headers match navigation links with advice from a software developer in this free video on Web pages.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today, I'm going to show you...share with you a few rules of a good Web page design. Let's go to our computer, and I'll show you an example. I have opened my website, which is, and I'm going to show you what I think makes this site have a good design. First of all, I have a very clearly laid out menu, and it has rollover effects if you'll notice that as well. That way, somebody who is visiting my website can tell exactly how they can navigate through the site immediately just by looking at it. You can tell that if I wanted to go to my press page, I'll just click on press, which pulls up all of my press releases. If I go back to my main site, it's usually going to be a good idea to stick with the standard of having underlines under links and, as you'll notice, this Easy Server Monitor Complete is actually underlined. Some sites nowadays are going to the trend of removing that underline, and if a visitor is used to seeing links be underlined, they won't even realize that those are links, so they'll never click on them and, therefore, they'll never navigate your site. It's also a good idea to either use the standard blue or just some kind of color that offset your links from the typical color on your page. That way, yet again, they can realize that it's a link that they're able to click on. Now, another good idea is when you click on, let's say, you have, for instance, here a listing of a product. Every single thing that I click on for this product that has to do with it, such as features, frequently asked questions, they take me to a page that has a header that matches the text of the link that they just clicked on in some way, shape, form, or fashion. That way, let's say, I clicked on frequently asked questions here, but what I got to was how to buy, that doesn't make any sense. I won't read any of this, and I'll just click back and I'll go somewhere else. So make your headers on your Web pages match the navigation links that are going to them. My name is Dave Andrews, and I've just shared with you a few good tips for good website design.


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