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If your Web site doesn't project a professional and polished image to your visitors, your credibility and that of your products and services will suffer. Image is everything -- especially online where your competitor is only one mouse click away!
Before your first HTML code is written, you will need to conider your Web site's navigational structure, color scheme and page layout. Is your content developed? If not, who is going to write it?
Once you have done the necessary pre-planning, then the fun part begins -- coding your HTML pages.
Following are some steps to conider when laying out your Web pages:
Your code needs to be very clean and pretty much flawlessto display correctly on Netscape. If you miss even one table tag (e.g., you forget to close a tag), you will be mighty surprised when you get nothing but a blank page on Netscape.
Internet Explorer is much more forgiving. It "assumes" what you meant to do. Netscape, on the other hand, is unassuming. If it doesn't understand your code, it simply will not display it.
NOTE: An excellent site to check your HTML code for browser
compatibility, as well as screen size, is Anybrowser.com at
the date and time. This script is supposed to work on both
Internet Explorer and Netscape; however, a couple of days ago I
noticed that the year on Netscape was 100 versus 2000. A 1,900
year variance is a pretty significant difference!
These are only a few consideration in designing your Web pages, but they are very important. Don't let your beautiful pages look ugly on your visitor's computer screen.
If you are like me, you will find these issues among the most challenging aspects of designing professional Web sites.
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Joanne Glasspoole is a Webmaster and freelance Web designer. Visit her Web site for Internet and technology news, insightful articles, and links to excellent Webmaster resources to help you grow your online business. http://www.glasspoole.com
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