HTML Tutorial – Designing A Website In Notepad Web Design Basics

Want to learn the basics of HTML and how to build a web site. This free video tutorial will show you the basics of how to create your first web page using nothing more than note pad and the basic html page mark up. In this HTML website design tutorial you will learn how to write and format your very first web page using HTML.

Difficulty Level:
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Video by: EdzJohnson at youtube.com

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Web design questions to ask new clients

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Getting started with the web design process.

One of the hardest things for a web designer is to make sure he/she is a able to ask all of the right questions to his/her client durring the meeting / planning stage of a web site design. This is a very common problem that most web designers face, and although it can be very difficult to generate the right questions to ask your client rest assured that as time goes on and you have delt with a few clients your list of questions will begin to develop. I have compiled a list of common questions below to help make the web design process a little easier for you.

Keep in mind that as you develop your list of questions that gathering the right information will help you in the long run with the design process. Get as many of the following questions answered and 85% of the design battle is already done because you will already know what needs to go on the page and where to place it.

Just giving you the questions isn’t enough because you need to understand why the questions are asked. For this reason I have also included example options for the more in-depth questions so you can see why the question is important and what kind of answer you’re looking for. Remember that getting all the right answers is crucial, because having all of the necessary questions answersed the page will pretty much build itself!

One more tip before you read the following questions; rather than taking your laptop into your meeting with your client just keep it simple and use the old pen and paper method. This will allow you to make quick notes and avoid any interuptions from your computer and allow you to give your full undevided attention to your client.

Web design build questions to ask new clients

  • What do you want the web site to do for your company?(is it to just promote brand awareness and for people who hear about them and then go to their site, will people be finding them through search engines, is it existing clients looking for support or news, are you selling online, are you offering downloads, company reports etc)
  • Who is your target audience (age / level of internet experience etc)? (Do they require a modern, fast paced, highly graphical site to target the younger generation or a more user friendly site for the less experienced or older internet users. )
  • What image do you want to portray (Professional / Casual / cutting edge etc)? (Some sites use white space and limited text to give a relaxed feel while others use lots of images and text to give the site a busy feel. Define the feel of the site)
  • If you have branding what colours, fonts, styles do you use? (See business cards, letterheads etc). More often that not the sole trader will have no graphics, no logo and no identity so in these cases you need to ask the client for colour schemes they think fit with the ideas but also do market research on the competition because the client may not be right.

WEB DESIGN CORE QUESTIONS:

  • What do you absolutely definitely want on the site? (This list could include blog, shopping cart, members log in, private areas, RSS feeds. Gallery newsletter, contact forms, advertising space, different languages, search facility, etc)
  • What would you like if possible/within budget?
  • What absolutely must be on the homepage and what is the order of priority? (This is a core question and you should allow the client time to ponder and discuss this with you. Their answers here should define the position of the building blocks. The answers could be phone number, email, help icon, downloads, cart total, core product links etc.)
  • What must be visible at all times? (Every page has a fold. A fold is below the visual part of the page and requires you to scroll down to see it. I have a height I use but you should decide for yourself where it should be. The client must understand this and agree what can go above and below).
  • How many links will be needed and how many levels of navigation will there be? (You need to understand the journey paths and decide how far down the link structure will go (level one, level two, level three etc)
  • If the business has different sections and each wants its own presence on the page which business sections would get the best locations?
  • Is there any content that may require a database or scripting? (Contact forms, shopping carts, newsletters etc)
  • Who are your competitors? (Supply some URL’s of competitors that you think sell your product type well)
  • Do your competitors use something on their site that you really like? (Could be navigation structure, form layout etc)
  • What do you offer that the competition doesn’t? (This often makes the client think about his own business in a new way and I’ve started a new path for a few businesses with this one!)
  • List 5 general sites that they like and why do they like them? (This could be navigation method, colour scheme, fonts etc.)
  • Do you have any text/copy / graphics / Logos for the site? Will they be supplying the text in a ready to go copy/paste format or will someone have to input all their text into the site from paper etc. Likewise will we need to outsource all the imagery from other sources or do they have their own graphics that need to be included. Will we need to input all the links?
  • Will you require space on pages for external/internal advertising (If yes what types)? Header ads, sidebar ads, ads in the content etc.
  • When do you want it finished and who is going to be updating the pages.
  • What is their level of experience?
  • What are your main products and/or services? For each explain what you would want you visitors to do, (sign-up, purchase, contact you, etc.). i.e. a call-to-action for each.
  • What are the main categories of information you want to publish? (Time-sensitive like news & events? Product or service descriptions? Case studies / Success Stories? Careers information? Special offers?)
  • How would you like to communicate with you visitors? (Telephone, Email, Live Chat, Blog’s or discussions, Mailing list, Brochure/magazines)

Shopping Cart questions

  • Do you want to offer real time shipping?
  • Do you want the consumer to sign in or log-in?
  • Do you need cross selling?
  • Do you need to offer unlimited products?
  • Do you need unlimited categories?
  • How will you charge for shipping?
  • How will you charge for taxes

Blog’s

  • Will there be multiple authors?
  • Should the site clearly be displaying author info?
  • Are there multiple styles of blog posts, like longer feature posts and shorter quick posts?
  • What other kind of content will be on the site?
  • Does the site need to accommodate for advertising?
  • (What type? Sizes? )
  • Do you plan to use categories? tags? both?
  • How do you want to handle archives?
  • How do you want to handle search?
  • Are you going to be presenting source code in the posts?
  • Are there any other blog’s that you really like?

Content Management Systems

  • Do you require multiple levels of access?
  • Does the new content need final approval before being published?
  • Will they want simple content editors or web developers to change styles?

So I have the web build answers…now what?

I usually start with scribbles on a napkin or pad. Seriously if you start sketching out as the client is answering your questions you quickly get a feel for the blocks and usually when I leave the client I already have sketched out where the blocks need to go.

Once the client agrees with the position and prominence of the blocks I can start thinking of the graphics. This is where your preferred way of building a site comes into play but the difference between how you did it before and now is you have the building blocks in front of you and with the answers to your questions beside you it should be a much simpler process than ever before.

The visual wire frame should include the effects on the page. For example if your navigation has a mouse over then have that mouseover on “one” of the links. Likewise for active stats etc. If the effect is transitional then try to give a example web page with it working or give a detailed description.

The visual wire frame may be overboard for some of you but for me it is easier to modify a PDF than a pixel perfect web page. A client can often try and change the layout after looking at it for a while and while I’m in the PSD stage I’m happy to accommodate this. Once the visual wire frame has been agreed then the build begins and any changes after that point will incur costs. The client can’t really argue because they have already agreed to the block wire frame and visual wire frame so it is a lot easier to ask for extra costs when you’re at the final stage of the contract.

I wish I had this list when I first started and I hope my years of building and updating this document helps you.

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HTML Image Link Code

I have had a lot of friends ask me about this, so I have decided to write this article to make things easier for people who want to add images with a link to their, web site, FaceBook, Craigslist or what ever. The following is an example of html image code. You can copy and paste this code into your own HTML documents – just change the values of the attributes as required (meaning the image link and web address you want it pointed to).

How to modify the HTML Image Link Code:

  • Between the quotation marks Replace ( https://freewebsitetricks.com/ ) with your the web address you want it to point to.
  • Between the quotation marks Replace ( https://freewebsitetricks.com/images/FreeWebSiteTricks-Banner.png ) with your image.
  • To add a  border, replace “0” with a number, example ( border="1" )always keep the quotation marks
  • To have the link open in the same window remove the code: ( target=”_blank” )

Just Copy and paste the HTML Image Code below in to your html document:

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<a href=”https://freewebsitetricks.com/” target=”_blank”>
<img src=”https://freewebsitetricks.com/images/FreeWebSiteTricks-Banner.png” border=”0″ alt=”Free Web Site Tricks”/>
</a>

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This is what it should look like with no border.

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How to add a share button to your website

Share your website with the world

This is one of the coolest website add on features that you can add to your website for free. If you want more traffic to your website then you need to find a way to make it easy for people to share your site with friends, family and social networking site. The easiest way to do this is with a share widget / button from the add this website. I have put together a little video to help explain how simple the process of adding this to your website can be.

How to add scrolling text scroll marque to your web site.

How to add scrolling text / scroll marque to your web site.

One very cool website add on is the scrolling Marquee or also known as scrolling text. This is actually a very simple addition to your web site as long as you know the code or have the code to copy and paste into your web site. If you would like to see a video on how easy it is to add a scrolling marquee to your website click here for the code.

Add a Scroll Marquee to your website

Adding a scroll Marquee or scrolling text to your web site is as easy as copy and paste all you need to do is copy the code you like and add it to your web page.

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How to create a custom html error page

Add a custom HTML error page to your web site

If your like me you want your web site to be as fluent as possible, and there is nothing worse than an ugly error 404 page not found, but don’t worry there is a simple fix. Learn how to create a custom 404 error page for your web site.

How to create a custom 404 page not found, error page.

If you are tired of looking at that ugly 404 error page that comes standard with your website, then your in luck. I have created the video below to show you how easy it is to create your own custom 404 error page to match the look and feel of your existing website. Did you know that by simply adding a custom 404 error page to your website you can actually retain individuals who have found a no longer existing page from your website in a search engine and gain their interest by presenting them with an error page with your websites information, also if someone types in a /incorrect page to your website a 404 error page can help them, by letting them know they are at your site but have entered a wrong page. Creating a custom 404 error page is free and easy and can greatly increase the professionalism of your website dramatically. Check out my custom 404 error page it will open in a new window.

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Everyone wants something for free right? I know I do, if I can find it for free I will usually go that route, except for when it comes to free web hosting, let me tell you why. A lot of web hosting providers will give you free web hosting when you register a domain name. Now you might ask yourself why would I turn this down? And I say, let me show you the truth behind free web hosting offers.

Free Web Hosting Disadvantages

  • Number one disadvantage of free web hosting, search engines often ignore free web hosting space.
  • Free web hosting often comes with very limited space.
  • They can change the term on you at any time and try to charge you a fee.
  • limited or no interactive features such as (a blog, forum, chat rooms, message boards, online ordering etc.)
  • Free web hosting often has ads on your site, and you have no control of what they will be placing on your site.
  • Free web hosting ads make a web site look unprofessional and cheap.
  • Banners and/or pop up ads on all of your pages
  • No guarantees of site availability and longevity
  • Often comes with a hard to remember web address (instead of www.MakeMoneyOnlineKMD.com)
  • No personalized or branded e-mail addresses (you@www.imagineyoursitenamehere.com)
  • Poor quality help and support (if any)




Find your niche

How to find your niche when creating a web site

Well before I talk about finding your niche I think it is important to explain the definition of niche.

Definition of Niche: A specialized but profitable corner of the market.

Now that we have an understanding of what the word niche means I think it is pretty clear why you need to find your niche. How do you find your niche? The simple answer is try to get involved in something you are familiar with such as a product or service, and then try to find the type of market or people you would like to try and target your products and or services to, so basically the group of people who are more likely to need your products and or services. For example my website is geared towards guiding beginner web site creators towards the tools and resources that will help them in the process of creating their web site. I am recommending many of the products and services that I have used over the last 10 years of my career as a web designer, although I am no longer designing web site’s for other people I have found personal satisfaction in creating websites for myself and teaching others how to become self sufficient when it come to creating a web site, so this is my niche I enjoy sharing my knowledge of web design and this is the main purpose or niche of my site.

Helpful tools to help you find your niche

Coming soon

What is the Index Page?

How do I set the home page for my web site?

Recently I was asked by a fellow student at school “how do I set my home page for a web site?” At first I did not know what he meant, because I thought it was just common knowledge that your home page is your index.html page,  but then it got me thinking about when I first started designing web sites and I remember asking that same question. I guess it had been so long ago that it just seemed like such an easy question, but it is exactly the opposite, because to a person that is brand new to building a web site this is a valid question, so let me explain this.

What is the index.html page in my web site?

Well most web hosting companies use this as your starting page, meaning that when someone types in www.yourdomainnamehere.com then the first page that loads will be you index.html page, but you can call it what ever you like, so if you want to name this your home page on your navigation bar or menu then you can do so, but as the file name in the structure of your site where it reside on the server it should be named index.html I hope this helps to clarify for anyone that is new to web design.

If you have any further questions about this please feel free to post it in the comments below.

How to Build a Website

Simple steps on how to Build a Website

Before you start building your website it is a good idea to learn some basic HTML and CSS. Learning this language is not all that hard you just need to set a little time aside and get down some of the basics. I don’t expect you to become a web programmer, but understanding the basics of HTML and CSS will help save you a lot of time later while you are designing your website. There are many ways to learn web design, but here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

Learn Web Design, invest some money in your education.

I have learned a great deal of web design, graphic design, video editing, photography and more from Lynda.com this web site offers a wide variety of video based tutorial training on web design, such as HTML basics and CSS training as well as training on how to use web design programs like Adobe Dreamweaver and more, Download Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 now. I highly recommend Lynda.com if you are serious about learning web design in its entirety.

Step 1. Buy a Domain Name

The first thing you are going to need to do in order to start building your website is to register a domain name. A domain name is an easy way for people to find your web site, because if you build a website on a server without a domain name you will have to give out your server IP address which is a series of numbers, and is not very easy to remember. A domain name simply points people to the server which your website resides on, so what is a domain name? A domain name is what ever you choose for example www.MakeMoneyOnlineKMD.com you will need to go to a domain name registrar and check the availability of the domain name you desire, and as long as the domain name you want is available available you can buy it. Check if your domain name is available here

Step 2. Purchase web hosting space?

Well you might be saying if I can get free web hosting then why would I pay for it. Well that’s a valid question, but as always if its free there more than likely there is a catch, but if you still decide to use the free web hosting space that comes with your domain name purchase assuming the company you purchased you domain name with provides it of course you will have advertisement on your website that you have no control of, so with that said I would opt for the paid hosting it is relatively affordable and you will have more space and control of your website. Web hosting now a days is about $35 a year and your domain name will be around $10, so $45 a year is not to bad.

Step 3. Decide what your web site functionality will be, and your target audience.

You have decided to build a website, but wait before you begin to build your site there are some very important questions you need to ask yourself. These questions will help you in choosing what type of website is right for you.

Books to help you learn how to use Dreamweaver to build your web site.

 




How to Register a Domain Name

How to Register a Domain Name

Congratulations! So you have decided to Register a Domain Name and complete the first step in creating a website. Registering a domain name is very easy and affordable, depending on which company you decide to register your domain name with. The hardest part about getting a new domain name is finding a good domain registrar, so I have created a list of domain registrar companies that I have either used or have heard good things about.

Register your Domain Name Today