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How to Design A Web Page Tips
A Riveting yet Revealing Web Design Tutorial
aka Web Design for Dummies

These riveting "How to Design a Web Page Tips" along with our top secret and revealing web design tutorial (aka Web Design for Dummies) will teach you how to design a web page that knocks the socks off your visitors.

It's all in how well you K.I.S.S.


That's the secret. . .

It's the simple yet essential key for how to design a web page that earns top ranking on the search engines.

"Why?", you might ask.

Design a Web Page Tips
Well, all you need to do is K.I.S.S. like this. . .


How hard is that?

All of the design a web page tips and tricks you'll find in this article follow the Golden Rule of Website Design: "make reading or viewing enjoyable."

The Golden Rule is easiest to understand by looking at websites that don't follow it. You've almost certainly stumbled upon websites that assaulted your eyes or you can't figure out how to navigate to the next page.

It's as if the layout artist read a website design tutorial without learning anything about good design.  (They should be using the design a web page tips revealed here along with giving it a good, hearty K.I.S.S., right?)

Design a Web Page Tips
For most sites, the best layout you can use is a web design for dummies. One that is intuitive, clean and simple so even a pre-schooler can figure it out.

Let me explain why.

Why "Dummies" Make Better Web Page Designs

The Web is not an art contest, although many website designers kill themselves treating it that way. Consider the primary purpose of your website—is it to provide information, sell stuff, attract readers, or look pretty?

Almost everyone wants sales or readers, yet how many people spend more time tweaking their design than they do making sales or writing articles?

This is why this web design tutorial (aka web design for dummies) reveals the best approach to design a web page that anyone building a website should consider.

Design a Web Page Tips

I'll confess that I used to be one of the people who spent dozens or even hundreds of hours tweaking website designs. I even got the occasional complement. But then I discovered there are just a few tricks you need to know to make a good, hard-working website design that will do its job without taking up all of your time.

In order of importance, the best design a web page tips and tricks are:

Use Just One Design That Displays on All Devices

In a web design tutorial you may learn how to use different styles for different Web browsers and different devices (such as cell phones and tablets)—but managing multiple styles and designs eats up your time and keeps you from the primary purpose of your website.

Why do people create different designs for different devices? Mainly because they have a fancy design.

If you want a design for your website that will work equally as well on a 30-inch computer monitor and a tiny cell phone display, you have to keep things simple.

Very simple.

But that's ok, because as any expert will tell you. . .

It's all in the K.I.S.S.!
(Keep It Short and Simple)

The number one rule of web design for dummies (and pros) is to keep things as simple as possible.

It's the K.I.S.S. rule of site design. 

Truly. It is. There just isn't any better rule or other design a web page tips that can come close to a simple K.I.S.S.

This isn't just to cut down on work for you—although that's a nice benefit—but because the Web was initially designed by experts who made the default settings good for the number one thing most people did on the Internet before YouTube: read web pages.

If you don't believe me, go into your Web browser settings and turn of the Cascading Style Sheet -otherwise known as CSS- for this article.

Go ahead, do it right now.

I bet you'll find the article easy to read. (Though without the style sheet, the navigation may look a bit funky.)

Hundreds of years of page design experts working on books have conclusively determined that black text on white background in a medium-sized font is the easiest to read layout design possible.

Anything more than that may make your website look more attractive—but it will make reading more difficult.

Remember the purpose of your design: more sales or more readers—a hard to read website will scare off both groups.

Design a Web Page Tips
Stop Saving Virtual Trees!

You've spent all night writing a giant blog post for your website, and now you want the world to know how much work you put into it.

So what do you do?

You choose a tiny font size that allows readers to see hundreds of words at a time. But by doing so, you've committed one of the most common mistakes in website design.

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Remember theGolden Rulebehind these design a web page tips and tricks,
and consider the following three points:

  1. Most people on the Web don't want to read long posts, so showing them hundreds of words at once will scare them off. They won't read your article.

  2. Reading a tiny font size is hard even for those of us with good eyesight. Making your article hard to read reduces the number of people who will read it. (And don't tell me people can just increase the font size—half the people on the Web don't use that feature, and the other half either don't know how to use it or know it ruins the designs of most websites, which is another reason to keep your design simple.)

  3. Small font sizes mean there's less space for advertisements on your website. Although that's not the usual concern mentioned in the typical web design tutorial, it is an important consideration to most website owners.  My favorite font size is 16 points. Most people think 16 pt is too big for their website, but anyone who visits someone else's site in 16 pt will find it's just perfect for reading. If it's great for other people, it's probably great for you too.

My Favorite CSS Option

Unfortunately, most text-based websites look horrible on wide screen computer monitors. The text stretches across the screen from one side to the next, making paragraphs look like never-ending sentences.

Nobody wants to read that.

If you've been reading about web design for dummies, you may think you know the solution—the CSS width option. But specifying a width to fix pages on wide screen monitors will break them on narrow cell phone displays.

Luckily, there's a compromise option: max-width.

The CSS width option forces an object or a div to a specific size, but the max-width option only prevents it from growing any larger than its specified size.

So, for example, I often specify a max-width of 800 pixels (px) for blocks of text. On a wide screen monitor, my text block will be 800 pixels wide and no wider. On a mobile phone, my text block will fill the screen so the reader doesn't need to scroll back and forth to read a paragraph.

A Short List (but very important) of Reminders of the Best (and very simple) Design a Web Page Tips:

Design a Web Page Tips
  1. Black text on a white background with a medium-to-large font size (16 points) is the easiest layout to read. Using anything else will cost you readers.

  2. Use the same website design for all devices—computers, tablets, cell phones, and printers.

  3. Write the smallest amount of code on each web page to ensure that your site loads quickly, is a cinch to navigate and, above all, easy to read—any other design a web page tips will be superfluous.

The success of your website can all be measured in the magical powers of how much and how well you K.I.S.S.
Design a Web Page Tips

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