Best Practice in Web Design...

Technical website design considerations
There are several technical issues to consider when designing your website.

Browser Issues
You will have to design web pages that can be displayed by many different browsers. Common browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google, Safari and Opera.

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You should test your web pages in as many browsers and different opearting systems as possible during the development process to ensure that they will display properly. You should also aim to ensure that your web pages work in previous versions of the browsers, as some of your audience may not have updated their software.

Screen Resolutions
The most common resolutions, expressed in pixels, are 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768. If you opt to design your website based upon the higher resolution, then you need to be aware that some screens with lower resolutions may not display all of the content. You cannot control the screen resolution of the monitors used to view your website.

Download Speeds
Not all Internet users have high speed access, so connection speed should also influence your web page design.

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Too many images will slow down the speed at which the web page loads. Generally, pages should load within ten seconds. If your pages download slowly, your users will probably move on to another site.

Try and keep file and image sizes to a minimum - generally the total size of a web page should be no more than 40-60 KB (kilobytes).
Technology

Some web technology will prevent users and search engines from viewing your site, this includes:

  • HTML frames
  • Javascript
  • Text in images
  • Flash
  • AJAX

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