This 228-page practical guide for non-techies walks you through launching a website from start to finish – from researching your audience and managing your project, to choosing a colour scheme and designing a navigation system, through to choosing a hosting provider and getting your site to the top of Google.
Written by the biggest names in web design and featuring articles from the pages of .net, each section begins with a brief explanation of the basic concepts and jargon in words that both techies and non-technies alike can understand.
The subjects covered in this comprehensive guide include: how sites are built, user research; planning; project management; visual branding; layout & graphics; text & typography; SEO; user experience; accessibility; testing and hosting. This special volume of articles would be ideal as:
- a refresher for coders
- a resource for web design students
- an overview for non-coders
- to help educate clients
How to research your audienceUser research is often neglected in web projects, sitting between usability and market research, but it can be an invaluable tool in defining and structuring a site, says Nomensa’s Alastair Campbell.
How to plan your siteA little forethought can reap huge dividends. Craig Grannell talks to experienced web developers about how an intelligent approach to planning can help save time, money and your sanity.
How to design a navigation systemContent might be king and a picture may speak a thousand words, but you’d see none of it were it not for navigation. Paul Annett explores navigation trends and how they’re evolving.
How to design a website layoutWhen approaching a fresh site design, what’s the best way to tackle layout and ensure a guaranteed win? Leading designer and author Elliot Jay Stocks shares his top website layout tips.
How to boost your Google ranking!Ensure your site is search engine-friendly and you’ll rocket to the top of Google. Margaret Manning outlines the fundamentals of SEO and how to apply them in the real world.
How to write website copyWant to enthuse your visitors and get them to stay longer on your site? Then it’s time to improve your wordcraft. Jason Walsh speaks to the top web writers and uncovers the tricks of the trade.Launch a website