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Website Designer – What You Need To Know

English: Web designer Jeffrey Zeldman, co-foun...

English: Web designer Jeffrey Zeldman, co-founder of The Web Standards Project, author of Designing With Web Standards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are a professional website designer who does quality website design for various types of clients, this article will tell you what you need to know, in order to achieve success in your career as a website designer.

The world is changing fast. Gone are the days when companies would advertise about their products and services through broadsheets and radio commercials. Now is the era of communication; and internet is a vital tool in this regard, making connections fast and convenient.

With the online world teeming with millions of websites, there is no better option to reach out to millions of people worldwide than the internet. To make your business click at the right time, you must have a business website. However, to transform this online presence into a much profitable one, the website should be well designed and attractive enough to draw potential customers closer to your products and services. A good website design thus, plays a vital role in generating sales and is an intrinsic part of the online business itself.

To make quality website design, business firms and individual owners generally approach web development agencies. These web designing companies generally cater to their varied clientele by designing their clients` websites according to specific requirements in return of some service fees.

The web designing firms on the other hand, hire professional web designers, content developers – the key players, who possess technical skills to maneuver a website and moderate the sites accordingly.

Web designing itself is vast domain with multifarious openings for a professional, working in this very creative field. Besides, a website design involves a lot of research work for the development agency personnel.

The most important criterion in website design is a keen sense of understanding about human nature. However, that does not necessarily mean that to be a good web designer you need to be a master of human psychology. The basic thing is to have a pre-assumption of the mood of the visitors coming in, to take a casual look at the site and to check out, what’s in store.

Web-designing involves meticulous work. A web designer must be accustomed with working in a fast paced environment and working under tight deadlines is something that he/she must be well versed in. Besides, working according to client’s requirements would entitle one to keep a professional attitude all the time.

A knowledge in animation,graphics, and related software like Corel, Adobe, Flash, Maya, 3D Max, just to name a few, are a few basics that a website design specialist should keep in mind. Besides, to make that site up and running, knowledge in website hosting and open source content management systems like PHP, Joomla, and Drupal can come real handy.

With proper business acumen and a comprehensive knowledge about the whole process of Website Design, you can efficiently utilize the skill sets of technicians or go about designing the perfect website all on your own.

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One Response to “Website Designer – What You Need To Know”

  1. As always, a great, toghhut-provoking article, and great comments.First, a disclaimer from me: I don’t work for Adobe, but I do use Flash :-)As this is a site and forum for designers, it pains me to see a potent design tool such as Flash being sidelined and rejected out of hand because so many on the Internet have misused it.In the hands of a capable and experienced designer, the elegance and dynamism that Flash can add to a site is unmatched by other web-scripting tools. It can generally load faster than any CSS or Javascript-enabled page provided designers know what they are doing, and don’t weigh it down with images.I’d say the main problem is that search engines cannot see what is inside a Flash movie. For this reason, do not create your site entirely in Flash, but use search-friendly CSS and Javascript pages, with Flash embedded within those pages as needed and where it serves a purpose.Flash gives the designer complete and total control over how the site will look across all platforms, all browsers, all operating systems. It is analogous to a movie experience in a theatre, with the addition of interactivity, which is really what the web is all about.I would suggest creating pages with CSS and Javascript, optimize for search engines and browsers, and use Flash seamlessly within the pages as individual movies.