Shh…

Just like they remind us in theaters, “Silence is Golden” on the web too.  Sites that starts blaring music or automatically start playing a video when the page loads can be startling and may drive awat visitors faster than you can say “shhh”.  If you want to include a video or an audio clip to your site, let the visitor have control of hitting the “play” button.

Cross-Browser Compatibility

You’ve designed your site, gotten it to look just right, proofread, and checked that all the links work.  It looks great in the browser you use, so you’re done, right?  Not exactly.  Each browser interprets fonts, percentages, spacing, and settings differently – what lines up in one browser, may not in another.  It’s important to check your site in a variety of browsers to make sure it looks consistent in each one.  It is impossible to get a site to look exactly the same across all browsers, but make sure it looks pretty close.  Popular browsers to check include Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.

Coming Soon…

So you’re all set to put up a web site for your business – and you get most of it done – so you publish it and it’s “live” on the Internet.  Half-done.  For months.  Or worse, years.  A good rule to follow is to make sure you have everything you need to finish the site, from images and logos to copy and contact information, before you even begin.  f you don’t have time to finish your site (you still have a business to run after all), make sure you can find someone to do it for you – it’s awful for your visitors to get to your site only to find that every link they click on brings them to an “Under Construction” page.   So do like your mom always told you – “finish what you start”.