Owner Ego Friendly or User Friendly? Are you caught is this Web Design Trap.
Caution: Web Designing Browser Specific And truckload of images.
Web Designing is not an easy job but some of the companies in the market claims that it is as easy as counting 1-2-3. Unfortunately the web designers these days have fallen prey to this market gimmick and the results are but obvious..Most of the websites these days are browser or screen resolution specific. An Image is said to say more than a thousand words,
Images no doubt, enhance the look of a page but it is advisable to use fewer images as most of the users surfing the web do so with dial-up-connections. The web page should not take more then 5 seconds to load. So, as a rough yardstick, keep the aggregate page size less than 30k.
Another important point to note is that each file on the page requires a separate HTTP request to the server. So a lot of small images - even if they do not add up to a lot in terms of bytes - will slow down the loading a lot. Little things can help the users in greater aspects like providing the alt tag with each image will help the users in navigating the site easily and comfortably.
Navigability & functionality come before artistic excellence. It is no use making your site a masterpiece of art if users cannot navigate around it - even after they reach the main page; they have no clue as to how to go where they want to go. Especially common, is a kind of navigation. That means that unless your mouse moves over an image, you have no idea where that link might take you. Only when the mouse hovers do you see the actual link. This is cumbersome because users need to move their mouse all over the place to find out which part is a link and which is not. The ongoing browser wars have left only one casualty - the user.
As a word of caution, stay away from all browser-specific functions. Because if a certain feature is supported by one browser, it will most definitely not be supported by another. Where you must use such features, it should not hamper the display of the page in the other browser which does not support such functionality. In other words, your page should degrade gracefully.
Thus in a nutshell when a user navigates a site for the first time he must be free open it in any browser irrespective of the screen resolution and should as quick as user makes a click. The first impressions is the last impression and the site, once visited if liked by the user he will heartily become its regular visitor or will never reopen it. The first part of the user impression is how quick and creative the site looks.
The web waits for no one. And furthermore, the user is king. Try your best to keep the user happy. And to keep all users happy. For, a good website is like a good storefront - it can mean all the difference between a casual surfer and a serious customer.
About the Author: Kyle Newton is a professional internet marketing specialist and can launch and manage your complete web presence from Web Design to SEO with professional results that make your projects, services, or products a success on the web.