The great thing about being a web developer is that you can always learn new things and develop as a creator. And while some may view that as a challenge that they could do without, there are many who realize that the very essence of life is to learn and the opportunity provided by any job that always has something new to offer you is the most important thing to look forward to. So here are 10 tips that will definitely prove useful for beginners but that may be just as inspirational for veteran web developers.
1. Use the design of websites from other cultures as a source of inspiration. The truth is that a rooky and a veteran will both come to a point where they will lack inspiration in their design and going as far away from home as looking at the design they’re using in Japan or Nepal might prove to be a breath of fresh inspiration.
2. Keep your designs clean and simple. As you start creating a website the biggest temptation is to pile on more and cooler stuff hoping that, in the end, the whole will be as cool as the sum of its parts. But the fact is that the biggest sites from Rolls Royce to Wikipedia, have always known that the best way to show class and sophistication is to be as clean and simple as V8 engine.
3. Do not underestimate the importance of high quality content. There are more copywriters out there than there are websites with good content but if are going to hire one make sure that you hire for quality and not only for price. And if you are going to write your own articles make sure that you get the opinions of a few objective friends before you declare yourself the Hemingway of the web.
4. Learn from your visitors as much as you can. In the begging this will be a bit more difficult but as you start to get a following for your site you can start to challenge them asking them what articles they would like to see or what changes would make visiting the site a better experience for them.
5. Design for the best resolution. We are very quickly moving towards an HD era where a width of 800 pixels may soon be a joke. 1024 is still a good width but keep on the lookout as that is likely to change pretty soon too.
6. Embrace huge challenges. Modesty has always been a virtue but when you are striving to be the best there is no place for it. And taking on a huge project is not only a good opportunity but also the only way to learn.
7. Remember your client’s needs. There are those who do web design only for their own needs and there are those who make a business out of it and here the key to success is to design first so that your client will be happy with the end result and only second so that you will be happy with it.
8. Try to use the same team throughout the project or your entire site may come off as a patch of different styles and images. When it comes to the very content you can simply create two virtual or real authors and have a nice explanation but when it comes to the way the site looks make sure that all your team or teams are on the same page.
9. Mind your servers because there is nothing more frustrating in a time when we can stream an HD movie to have to wait for a simple website to load. So make sure that you keep your own servers running smoothly or, if you are using a web hosting service, make sure that you are paying for the best.
10. Design for navigation because very few people will work to find something on a site. If they can’t find what they were looking for on your site within the first 30 seconds chances are they are going to go to the next Google result to find what they need.