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    Quote Originally Posted by Charizard_Millky View Post
    Who cares?

    Anyway, with layouts, when adding banners (for table layouts anyway,) don't put the URL inside the banner area (like you do with the content) but go to where the CSS is and do this:

    HTML Code:
    background-image: url('banner url');
    It makes it go from on top of the banner area and not covering it all, to covering it all.
    Unless you're making a stretching banner in which case it would be:

    HTML Code:
    <img src="/images/style/banner-left.png" alt="banner_left" style="float:left;" />
    <img src="/images/style/banner-right.png" alt="banner_right" style="float:right;" />
    The CSS for the banner DIV/Cell would be something like this:

    HTML Code:
    #banner {
    width:800px;
    height:200px;
    background-image:url(/images/style/banner-background.png);
    }
    And you'd find you'd have a stretching banner for your stretching layout. D

    Quote Originally Posted by Crepuscular View Post
    One recommendation I have is never give broken links or images, especially on the main menu. I see it quite a lot, but really all it is is a false promise which irritates your viewers.
    On top of that, always try to open your site after it has 50 pages and a respectable layout. Believe me, it works. Firstly, while you're making your 50 pages your graphic talents do become vastly better and then you can open with a really, really nice layout~

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverFlame View Post
    Freewebs is okay imo for beginners, and if you just want something small. Atm I'm using it, only because I'm still thinking if I'm willing to pay for a real host.
    No, you should never, ever use Freewebs.

    It doesn't offer any server-side scripting technologies unless you have a paid account, you have a limit of 50 pages, you're stuck with .htm and much more. Looking back, I'm really, really glad that I never ever used Freewebs.

    And yet another thing - I don't see why so many people are buying domains before they even open their site?? Why don't people just go with free hosts which support PHP?
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    hey does any one know how to make a quiz with multiple answers for 1 question if thats possible

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    XHTML isn't constantly supported by webhosts. Some may not have the appropriate software for that. It could also take place that your browser does not support XHTML. I'm not really sure if XHTML is upgrade for HTML, or that is an entire new language.


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    Sketch out your Layout before you Code

    This helps immensely when it comes to figuring out what goes where. I normally do this process with a pencil and a piece of scrap paper I keep with me when I code. First I decide where the main areas for content will go (the logo, menu, and main content areas) and draw them out with boxes. Then I go over the light sketch with a darker pencil to draw in little details that will be in the final design like unique shapes or other design quirks. Finally I show a little contrast between areas by lightly shading in some areas I want to be darker with pencil while keeping other areas light.

    Keep a .txt file with Code Snippets

    If you learned a cool trick you think you'll be using in the future or need some quick references for old code you should start keeping track of those codes in a Text File so you won't have to comb over the Internet looking for a particular code every time you need it. Have an example of the working code and what it does clearly labeled for easy use.

    Have an External File for CSS and Javascript

    This one's a given but I'll say it anyway. You'll be thankful you're only editing one line in a single .css file then one line in 100+ .html or .php files.

    Finish Coding your Layout completely, THEN debug

    To debug things as you go along is spiraling into the annals of insanity. Get your site looking right visually first and then start working out the kinks in the coding a step at a time. It's usually easier to spot your mistakes and fix things up near the end anyway.

    Run your code through a Validator to make sure its up to snuff.

    If there's something wrong with your code and you can't figure out what it is the Validator will probably detect it for you so you can fix it. Here's a very good Validator that can detect for multiple Document Types:

    http://validator.w3.org/

    There's also one for your CSS.

    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

    Check your site in Multiple Browsers

    Just because it looks fine in Internet Explorer doesn't mean it will in Firefox, or visa versa. Make a habit of testing them out in multiple browsers to see if it's displaying and functioning correctly. I downloaded a few extra Browsers just to make sure that my layouts work in the most browsers possible before uploading them. If you don't want to go through that much trouble in the least make sure they look good in both Internet Explorer and Firefox since they're the browsers people use the most by far.

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    A lot of people (about 7%) use Safari since it's the default on Mac. You can get it for Windows, or use Chrome instead because they use the same back-end to display pages.

    Quote Originally Posted by ashgray2 View Post
    XHTML isn't constantly supported by webhosts. Some may not have the appropriate software for that. It could also take place that your browser does not support XHTML. I'm not really sure if XHTML is upgrade for HTML, or that is an entire new language.
    Please don/t try and give advice when you have no idea what you're talking about. XHTML has nothing to do with web hosts, it's just a slight variant on HTML. Any XHTML file will work in any browser, same as HTML.

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    Hey
    Website's Layout is very nice.
    But i m little bit stress from your website because it's color the back ground color is green,
    Some font's color is white and some font's are in Black.
    Because of this My eyes starching lot today.
    It is just a suggestion.
    Thank you.

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    Who the heck are you talking to, ferrywaves?

    Are you talking about serebii.net? If so, I agree. I'm not a fan of his design.

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    Some of these are things that I’ve never seen or read anywhere but have learned from experience. Hopefully, you can glean something from my early mistakes.

    A good rule of thumb is this: Keep It Simple But Nice. Complicated pages are tough to maintain and leave lots of room for errors. Also, too much stuff on the page can bog down your visitor’s computer. For example, instead of a background image, try a background color; it looks nice and loads more quickly. Or try a text link instead of an image link. If you do use image links (and I use a few myself), don’t overdo it with large files or too many of them.

    For goodness’ sake, use good HTML! A lot of us write our own, and it’s easy to mess it up and never be aware of it. Not all browsers will render your page properly if it has errors in it. Internet Explorer is generally pretty forgiving.

    Most elements require both start and end tags, so be sure to use both if required, or your page may look wrong.

    A word of caution if you write your own HTML: always put attribute values in "quotes" if they contain anything other than alphanumerics (letters or numerals). And DON’T forget the end quote, or your entire page may be messed up! Even Internet Explorer won’t forgive you for that.
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    You should always quote attribute values, that's easier than remembering some weird rules.

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    If your website is static then simply make in dreamweaver or using html code.
    If any dynamic content then you have t make in PHP or ASP.NET

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    website design tips is always use table less design.

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    I had using these most three point for all my web-design projects. First one is You have to use Neat and Easy Navigation: Navigation of links on your site plays a big role in determining the stickiness of your site. Then second one is Clean Layout Design: A clean layout that uses a lot of white space enhances a site's looks. Try to keep the focus on your content, use dreamweaver templates for this. And last is, which very Important, Program using pure CSS: The world is moving away from table based websites to pure CSS websites because it offers accessibility, reusability and considerably reduces file size apart from giving greater control over the look of your website.

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    Learn HTML before ANYTHING. XHTML will come to you with ease. Then learn PHP. Then save C and C++ for last (most difficult)


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    The points which have discussed by all members above here are really interesting.Few more tips which I want to add here are:
    Design is linkbait
    Have great linking with footers
    Keep a horizontal directory structure
    CSS image replacement

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    well these days many software are providing the facility to design sites online and tahts really good for all those who have no know how of programming languages

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    Web designing should be neat and clear as it is very much necessary for the promotion of the services,it should by only create by the experts only, here are some of the web designing tips are it should be neat and clear, make the correct use of the color and many more.

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    Thanks sharing best tips For Web Design. It is best tips for me. Here i sharing something more about web design. There's practically an unlimited amount of resources available on the web for the entire Adobe/Macromedia suites. I'd recommend trying some of the tutorials available at the following web site:
    entheosweb.com/dreamweaver/de.

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    Never use Webs. Ever. EVER EVER EVER. Or Piczo. Or any site builder, really. HTML isn't that hard to grasp, get the basic idea, use simple templates (Non-styled ones) at first until you become skilled enough to make your own... and soon you have learned HTML and CSS moderately well.

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    PHP and CSS are more powerful languages for the website design. If you have the Photoshop and Coral knowledge with that. It do a great work on your website.....







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    Wow a lot of web haters here...there isn't anything wrong with webs. It's good for the basics that I use. I do change the backgrounds and banners from time to time
    You see I am simply one hell of a Nobody

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    Keep the page size small
    Set ALT image tags
    Learn about style sheets
    What's in the background?
    Use a descriptive title
    Include a site map
    Use shortcuts
    Optimise your graphics

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    Following are some web design tips:
    1. One should have good knowledge of it.
    2. The site must not be costly or goody.
    3. The site must contains all the required topics.
    4. The site must be attractive.

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    Good method for learning:
    1. Create a basic site with no formatting
    2. Create a table and do basic formatting
    3. Change to div tags and CSS
    4. Learn PHP
    5. Use PHP to create header and footer files with the CSS link in them

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    A lot of people here have asked HTMLBasicTutor for advice in the background here at v7n and you could do a lot worse than to learn from this team. I know because I can personally vouch for their services and help.

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