Design for Digital Media Environments – Post 6 – Designing for a Website

When designing for a website there are a few design rules that have to be taken into a account. These restriction are;

  • Media File Sizes – The larger the file the longer it will take to load the page
  • Box Model – “All HTML elements can be considered as boxes” (http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_boxmodel.asp)
  • Page Content – Studies have proven that to much text on websites can put users off reading the site (You should be able to look at the home page of any site and figure out what the site is about in less than four seconds. If you can’t, the site is a failure (http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/biggest-mistakes-in-web-design-1995-2015.html))
  • 3 Click Rule – “The three-click rule or three click rule is an unofficial web design rule concerning the design of website navigation. It suggests that a user of a website should be able to find any information with no more than three mouse clicks. It is based on the belief that users of a site will become frustrated and often leave if they cannot find the information within the three clicks.”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-click_rule) Research on this topic – http://www.uie.com/articles/three_click_rule/

By thinking about these 4 main design rules and applying them to my design I hope to be able to create an attractive but effective website which portrays there sties content easily and is simple to navigate.

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