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    Do you make your website just to entertain yourself or do you want it to be a great web store? The fact is more than 80% of websites are trying to sell you something. There is nothing wrong if you want to get some money from the website you made, but remember to put some REALLY interesting information on your pages. This information must be free, unique and necessary to as many people as possible. Remember, Internet was built as a research network among universities in early 80's and only after the introduction of first graphic compatible browsers it exploded with the commercial websites....
     

    Seven Daft Things Not To Do To Your Website

     
    1. Splash pages Most of the time splash pages are uncalled for. There are only a handful of reasons why you may ever need to use a splash page on your website but these reasons don't seem to apply to most of the splash pages you can see on the Internet. The worst example of a splash page is when a company creates a page and adds their logo with no content. They may also add a 'click here to enter' button link when there is no reason to have not entered already. If a website was a printed brochure then it may be fine to put a company logo on the front cover with no text to accompany it - however on the Internet it is a bit of a no-no....
     

    Improving Usability for Screen Reader Users

     
    Simply ensuring your website is accessible to screen reader users is unfortunately not enough to ensure these users can find what they're looking for in a reasonably quick and efficient manner. Even if your site is accessible to screen reader users, its usability could be so incredibly poor that they needn't have bothered coming to your site. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple-to-implement guidelines you can follow, which not only drastically improve usability for screen reader users, but for all web users: 1....
     

    3 Rules of Website Designing and Layout

     
    Now that you have got your domain name registered, your next worry is about designing a website or getting it designed, depending on your budget, inclination and knowledge. To help the newbie's start it right - Design your website before getting the domain name registered. Why park an empty domain on the web just like that? Why waste even a single day after registration? right? So a better idea is to keep your "small but complete" site ready. As soon as domain name registration notification arrives, upload the pages....
     

    Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) & Web Accessibility

     
    There's been widespread speculation about the new legislation being introduced under the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act), which will ensure that websites are accessible to blind and disabled users. Try to find specific information about it on the Internet and chances are you'll come up empty handed. The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) and the DRC (Disability Rights Commission), two of the most renowned advocates for the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) and accessible websites, have no specific information about the laws and what websites specifically need to do in order to meet the legal requirements....
     

    Having a Portfolio on the Internet Can Help you Infiltate the Workforce

     
    If you're an up and coming graphic/web designer just out of university, you'll know it's quite hard to break into the workforce. You have to contact employers one by one, spend your time traveling and lugging your portfolio to their offices. Well, things have changed, and for the better let me tell you. Now you can make your own on-line portfolio on the Internet, and send its web page address to numerous design companies at once so they can all see your work easily. You don't even have to leave your house and organizations all over the world can access your work easily....
     

    Now You Have a Web Site - Have You Ever Heard of Accessibility?

     
    An accessible Web site is easily approached, easily understood, and useable for all. There are accessibility standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium, which all sites should adhere to as much as possible. Web site owners should be aware of accessibility standards, because most designers and developers often ignore them. It is a waste of your investment to develop a great site that many Web surfers may not even be able to use. While personal sites can get away with more innovative technologies, most commercial sites should not go overboard....
     

    Increase Hits to Help Increase Your Business

     
    In this day and age most businesses consider having their own website; from informational based to the most advanced and complex e-commerce site. For the large enterprise, this become a vital part of their day to day operation, their web site embeds complex applications that exchanges critical information between their partners and clients. Web services are sometime employed in order to simplify their transactions and easily exchange critical information across their suppliers, clients and partners....
     

    Get Your Business on the Web

     
    I can't think of any business alive today that couldn't benefit from at least a minor presence on the web. Now that I've made that statement, I'm sure someone will point out one. My point is, however, that having a web presence today is about as cheap as anything going and if you ever get one client or sale from the web you are way ahead. How many times have you come across someone who would be ideal as one of your customers. They have about a minute to talk to you and you don't happen to have a brochure in your back pocket....
     

    Website Conversion Rate: More Keywords Equals More Sales

     
    Your website conversion rate should concern you. This simply refers to how many visitors to your website it takes before you make a sale. It is called conversion because you are 'converting' a casual visitor into a buyer. Website conversion should concern you because when you can increase the rate at which your website visitors convert into buyers, you make more money without increase your costs. Let me explain. If you get one sale for every one hundred visitors to your sales page on your website, you effectively have a conversion rate of one percent....
     
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