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Webpage Basics

 
Article by Alice Hopkins


There are so many aspects to be looked upon when designing a web page. How to work systematically is something that bothers. This time I will help you solve this query.

Web pages are written in HTML. HTML is a special language for web designing. Web pages are simple to explain. As the name suggests they are simple pages made on web that provide links to other pages or sectors of the text. But this does not mean they are like printed pages. A heading underlined on a paper means it is something vital or a heading of the following text. Whereas an underlined word on a web page indicates that it is a link to some other page having details about it. Never make the mistake of considering a web page like a printed page. Their attributes are variable. The similarity is that both represent. That is it. Designing them, their tools and techniques are different.

Web pages may consist of not only text but also pictures. Pictures occupy space on a paper. But an image on a web page adds to its volume and downloading time. This is because the file gets bigger due to more bytes. A picture even if of a small size of an inch or so, is equal to 1000s of bytes. For a web page it is not the space but volume to be concerned of. Nowadays web pages without color and image are considered boring. To reduce download time we need to zip the files. The browser will then quickly receive the compressed file and decompress it to the user. This can help reduce time and at the same time add pictures to your web page.

Now lets come to how your page will appear on other screens. It won’t be the same everywhere. This is solely because of different browser and operating systems and their versions.

When learning all this seems very difficult. It may seem to some of you a dry topic but it isn’t actually. It is just that beginners are not to learn the rules but refer to and revise when the page is done.

To design you shall add color and good font to your page to make it attractive. You need to decide a program to work upon.

For adding pictures to your web page you have two basic choices between graphics. First is GIF i.e. graphic interface with a limit of 256 colors for large pictures like headlines and buttons. As I said before, all screens do not show the same image, it is recommended to use a limit of 216 colors only. Using less of colors is also a way to reduce file size.

The second option you have is of JPEG. This is for images and photographs. And has no limit on color usage. There is a new option of PNG as well not known well by now.

You can also use Adobe Photoshop for graphics. Its results are incredible.

I think these are the basics for web page design that you needed in a clear short writing. I have given you the points to remember and referred to some tools that you can approach for. Once you are done with your web page do revise it overall and go through all aspects of it. You will surely end up with an efficient to load and use web page with my tips and lessons.

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