When making a site, people tend to cram whatever they can into a page. As a new webmaster, you try to add as many flashy banners, colors, jingles and christmas lights as you can to make it stand out in a crowd. Is this the right way to go when designing a site? I think not.
When content is highly recommended, all the content in the world could not make a badly designed site worth looking at. When designing a site you need to keep in mind what the average surfer is looking for.
Nice design, good navigation and quick loading.
Less HIGH quality graphics is much better that more
LOW quality graphics when considering bandwith usage and general look and feel of your site so keeping the graphics simple and adding alot of quality content will pay off much more in the future.
If you take a quick glance at this site: http://www.flamedesign.ca/
I must say that it was love at first sight.
I simply love how they incorated the simple (quality)graphics with the overall plain but extremely professional look and feel of the page.
The graphics are simple but professional and high quality. The layout is plain and easy to follow. It is pretty much impossible to get lost in the site because of well designed navigation. It gives a clear example of what to do when looking at overall design and effectiveness. I think they have achieved their goal in creating a visually pleasing and efficient site.
In no way am I condoning copying this site or plagiarizing its content but am stating that more is not always better and it is a good example of keeping a site simple with good content.
Keeping your site clean, simple, and to the point will make you much prouder of it at the end of the day.
PS: Stay away from background colors that conflict with the rest of your page and scrolling,flashing, thingamagiggies that remove the surfers attention away from the primary reason they are on that page in the first place.
If this helps at least one person today, you have made my day.
Bye for now