You only have 8 - 10 seconds to grab attention.
Give the visitor to your page a reason to stay!
Always assume that the visitor to your page has a very slow modem.
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By including up-to-date information that is updated frequently
you will give the visitor a reason to return to your web page.
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Give the visitor something to do. Then guide them where you want them to go.
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Red is the most powerful, attractive color.
It grabs attention and causes the visitor to want to take action.
However, its overuse can turn people off.
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Blue is associated with honesty and integrity.
That is why it is recommended to wear blue to an interview.
Blue tends to work the same way in web pages.
Blue is also a relaxing color and will make a visitor feel at ease.
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Green usually represents wealth or money.
Yellow is an action color.
However, you should use it sparingly.
Yellow is hard to read and can be thought of as cheap and not of high quality.
Brown is used often in professionally created web pages.
Brown is seen as practical and earthy.
True brown is rarely used, but shades of lighter brown are used often.
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Pastels such as light blue ,light green and others are calm relaxing colors
that may help keep visitors at your site.
Make sure that the colors match the mood of your page.
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People will normally read a web page vertically, which is opposite of how they read
advertisements and other graphic media, which is at an angle from left to right.
They will usually look at the left side of the page first, then the right, then lastly the middle.
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If there are multiple pages to your website, make sure the heading text and logo
are the same on each page. Make the heading attractive, but not cluttered.
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See how long it takes you to play a sound of a Western Meadowlark.
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(1) A Home Page;
(2) A Navigation System (Not more than 8 links on a page)
(3) ALT Tags for All Images (ADA Compliance)
(4) Logo (Name and/or Pic)
(5) HTML Titles for Each Page in the title tag
(6) META Tags - keywords and description
(7) Reference to Creator & Creation Date if 18 or older
(8) Consistency in Design
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