You want a site that is aesthetically pleasing, and has maximum effectiveness, easy navigation, and an enhanced user experience. How the user experiences the end product is the key to whether they will return to your site. Your website should look good and do what the user want's it to do. How do you achieve this and what type of design/application will you need to develop a good website? Start by asking yourself a series of questions.
- Who is your target audience?
- How technical savvy are they?
- What does the site/page need to do?
- What service are you trying to provide?
- What system does it need to interact with?
- What is the brower compatibility?
If your target audience isn't very technical savvy, it's obvious that you have to keep your site simple with easy to use tools. Knowing your users needs and goals is essential. While you do want to offer the last in technology and what the web has to offer, form must always follow function. If the user can't use the technology or it is confusing, it will only increase frustration and the user won't return to the site. Get to know your user and what they want and you'll know what you should include in you site. How many of us have technical gadgets with a huge list of options, but only use a small selection of the capabilities that are offered. A good web designer will consider this.
Getting found on the web and promoting your site to a target audience is essential. There are numerous options. Search engine submission is where it begins, but it doesn't end there. Here are a list of suggested sites to help
- Web Marketing Today
- Start Up Nation
- Marketing Your Organization's Website
- SEO Book
- Social Media Marketing Guide
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Interactive Designer, Front-end Developer and more
Hi my name is Michelle Harmon-Reed. I am a web and graphic designer based in Quincy, MA. I earned my Associates Degree in graphic design in 2006. I have a range of skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Indesign, E-comerce, photography, slideshow presentation, and social media