Another installment based on the web design tips tweets that we put out most days at 10am on our twitter feed. If you have just stumbled onto this web design article then this is aimed at all website owners who manage their own site rather than employ a web designer or web marketer to manage it for them.
The tips are designed to provide a quick win for the website owner who can apply the principle in the tweet simply and in short measure. The follow up blog post or ‘wash-up’ as they are becoming known is designed to flesh out any information that was difficult to put into the 140 character twitter limit.
One final twist in the web design tips series is that I am trying to group tweets together into relevant web design groups so that readers get a number of web design tweets on managing content or using visual clues as a group, and then the washup will discuss that group of tweets.
This means that the number of web design tweets in each article won’t be the same for each one. Previously I had imagined that I would add the tweets into web design ‘wash-up’ articles in groups of ten, but this seems unnecessary. This article contains web design tweets 21 to 28
Tweets on Managing and Updating Content on your Website
Web Design Tip 21: Will you need to update your pages in the future? If you will find out the cost of this with your designer before you start your project.
Web Design Tip 22: If you need to update your own web pages regularly then a Content Managed Website will allow you to do this yourself
Web design Tip 23: Do you need to add new pages to your website? Again, there is a cost to this, so find out before you start off
Web Design Tip 24: Some content managed sites allow adding pages.
Most websites grow over time. Your users will expect to see new content, perhaps blog articles or news stories. You may find your product range changes or grows. So decide with your web designer in the early stages of your web design project how you will add new pages and what the cost for this will be.
If you want to add lots of new pages for blog or news articles then you will probably need to add these yourself. Discuss different blogging software, ask for a demo and make sure you are happy using it.
Selecting Your Content Management System
Web Design Tip 25: Some Content Managed Websites (CMS) are easy to use. Some, not so much. Check you are happy using yours before you start the project.
Web Design Tip 26: Unsure about how easy your CMS website will be to use? Ask for a demo of the web design package before you start
There are so many content management systems on the market that it can be difficult to know which one to use. Some web designers only like to support their favourite CMS and not any others. The issue for you might be that the CMS they want you to use is great for web designers but overly complicated for you to use.
If you need to add or edit pages regularly then make sure that you can both do this in a cost effective way and on a simple content managed system that you can use easily.
Getting Your Web Content Where it will be Noticed
Web Design Tip 27: Important information needs to be ‘above the fold’ This is the area of the screen that you see without scrolling
re: Web Design Tip 27, ‘the fold’ is a newspaper term. Imagine your newspaper on your lap folded halfway. The top half is above the fold
re: re: Web Design Tip 27. In the newspaper, advertising ‘above the fold’ is more expensive than that below the fold because it is more prominent.
Web Design Tip 28: Information ‘above the fold’ on your monitor may be different to that of others. Check your website in resolution 1024×768
When a web page loads the area that is first displayed is known in marketing circles as the area that is ‘above the fold’. This information is viewed by the user without any further interaction by them and therefore the area information ‘above the fold’ is the most viewed area of a web page.
It naturally follows then that the area ‘above the fold’ should contain the most important information on the page. Don’t waste this valuable web real estate, make sure that the key benefits are there with a call to action for the user, don’t make them scroll down to find out why they should be contacting you or buying your products.
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