Make sure your site is browser compatible. Your web site should look good in Netscape as well as in Internet Explorer. Don’t stop designing your site as soon as you find that it looks great on IE. Usually Netscape gives some problems, especially when you try doing complicated HTML designs. But don’t give up too soon, usually with patience these problems can be easily fixed.

Never bite off more than you can chew by attempting to design multiple sites at once. You should keep things simple by only working on one site at a time. Even if you do have some web design skills, you may get crossed up with your projects, or one of your sites may suffer neglect. Just take things one at a time.

Meta Tags- It is worth your while to include Meta Tags on your website, you will find that most good web design software will have the option to insert keyword and Meta description tags into your site. Some search engines rely heavily upon these Meta tags for their rankings- It is understood that Google does not attach much importance to Meta tags, however other search engines do!

Be aware though: Only you know why you are writing your site. If it is because you have information that you wish to share or a product you wish to sell, then keep that focus in mind. My reasons — to share what I am learning, to learn more about my own personal finances, to be accountable to someone for maintaining my new system of personal finance — have led me to reject joining certain offered programs. I will not disparage programs, but, I was given an opportunity to try a “training program” for 14 days. The free materials were very good and readable, but once i got closer to having to sign up, the posts started looking very much like a sales pitch for a “pyramid” scheme.

Keeping your website’s links working, and up-to-date, is vitally important. Sound web design favors the user, if you have links that are broken or go to error messages, users will go away. Check each link on your website regularly to be sure they work correctly.

Always mark files that must be opened in an external program with an icon. Many sites host PDF files, and less commonly, DOC files, that must be opened in Foxit Reader and Microsoft Word/OpenOffice, respectively. These files should be marked with an icon representing the file type, and a link to download the appropriate viewer if the user does not have it.

Reading through what the experts say, I came to the conclusion that one of the most important characteristics of a good website is the content and its loading speed. I have observed some sites that give very flashy and impressive animations, but unfortunately, were rather slow loading. I decided in favor of functionality.

Since they are so marvelous, I had to make use of them. Some of the scripts were described as simple. Indeed most of them are very simple to use. However, when I looked at their source codes, they are extremely gibberish to me. I really marvel at the work done by the programmers of these scripts. Perhaps in the future, I might want to pursue this line of programming activity. I can see great possibilities there.