A home page is the official entry point of a website, and it’s one the most important pages. Its efficiency directly affects the efficiency of a whole website. Some designers overlook its significant role or fail to take advantage of its potential to enhance their designs. They should learn how to leverage a home page’s power to make websites user-friendly as well as efficient. We’ll explore this in detail in this article.
Home pages are all about first impressions. They should captivate and attract attention from both regular visitors and new ones. The home page is the first and last chance we have to convince visitors to stay and to return.
Generally, users see the home page after entering a website, and a remarkable number of users enter from lists of search results provided by search engines or from bookmarked links; in fact, from there they often go straight to internal pages—but they’ll eventually get back to the home page. So it can be seen from various perspectives, and each should be carefully considered when designing.
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The web is constantly evolving. New and creative websites are being created every day, pushing the limitations of HTML in every direction. HTML4 has been around for nearly a decade and now its time to move forward. To give authors more flexibility and interoperability, HTML5 is proposed as the next major revision of HTML.
It works on just about every platform, is compatible with older browsers, and handles errors gracefully. You can create powerful, easy-to-maintain, future-proof web pages. Many common tasks are now simplified, putting more power in your hands.
In this presentation, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs that are coded in HTML5.
When I speak to senior students at art schools, there is one major thing I try to impress upon them: to freelance is to run a small business and a freelance design business has all the needs and headaches of running a bakery, pizza parlor or crack house – although a crack house basically only needs a steady supply of product and doesn’t need advertising, bookkeeping, furniture and their collection methods are a bit different than any other business. Usually, this is when several students run to the president of the school, in tears, to demand their tuition back because no one had told them it would be so hard to be a designer. Welcome to business!
Part of that business is the same thing a competent designer will have to know to sell their services when a client with a new business wants a logo to start their road to success. There are many discussions on a logo vs. a brand. I can assuredly write that the two are intertwined but still two different things. When you start your freelance business, you will need both.
In web design, the learning never stops. Some of us designers see this as an opportunity, others as a hindrance. We have to keep up with the pace of ever-changing technology, techniques and trends in order to be competitive. In this fast-paced environment, we are bound to make mistakes—and mistakes can harm our reputation.
Heavy competition and ceaseless client demands make you susceptible to mistakes that you probably wouldn’t make otherwise. Here’s one possible remedy: put a list of common mistakes on your desk, and watch yourself carefully. Plenty are listed on the Internet, but they’re not organized well, which is the reason I wrote this post.