What constitutes a good web designer? Well, for me, a best web developer is someone who knows something about HTML and is able to incorporate the code and mesh it with the design principles that he or she must possess.
In this article, I will go over some of the web design basics that everyone must know.
Start by Learning a Thing or Two About Code
As a web designer, you do not have to learn the most advanced aspects of HTML just for you to start designing a website, but it really helps if you get familiar with some lines of code that are used in the website creation process.
There are a couple of things that you can do to start learning. For starters, you can use your favorite internet browser and go to a webpage (it could be any webpage of your choosing).
Right click on a blank area and then select “View-> Source”. It may look different on some of the browsers, but the gist remains the same.
Once you do that, you will be given some lines of code that you can study. The good thing about accessing this on an internet browser is that you can hover your mouse on a particular line of code and you will see how it gets implemented on the website that you’re currently on.
Another way for you to start learning how to code is to read up on how to code using HTML. The internet is a vast repository of information and some of them are available for free. Be sure to take advantage of this.
In addition, you also have to learn how to implement CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. Whereas HTML provides the backbone or the overall structure of your website, the CSS gives the website tangible design aesthetics. Therefore, HTML and CSS should go hand in hand in the website creation process.
The look and feel of your website should be streamlined. By “streamlined”, I mean that navigation should be easy whilst also making sure that the design language of your website is simple yet functional.
To help make navigation easier, you could implement some menus that people can just click on to find whatever part of your site they want to go.
Also, to make your content even more presentable, utilize tables, frames, and layers as well. Make use of Negative space or that blank area just to let your visitors’ eyes rest for a bit before consuming more online content.
Use Light Colors
Although the creative expression is okay when you’re designing a website, it would be best to stick with what is currently being used. The use of pastel or light colors is actually encouraged given that your site’s visitors may have stared at their screens for hours already, so you want to make sure that your content is not only legible but also pleasing to the eyes as well.
Also, it would be best to stick with a maximum of only 3 different colors so that it won’t get too messy or convoluted.