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Category Archives: Web Design

Innovative Ways to Make Your Website Professional


Don’t use too much animation

Having too much of blinking text or excessive graphics can actually distract visitors from your site. The key to good website design is to ensure your pages are clean and focused and help visitors find what they’re looking for.

Pop ups are a strict no-no

Pop ups are very irritating, take away from the purpose of the site and in general serve no useful function at all! Great website designing is all about leading the customer to making purchases online, instead of getting them distracted and irritated along the way!

No image backgrounds

You will be surprised to hear this but having an image background on your site can actually send out the wrong signals to customers! Any professional web design strategy will never use such images. They send out an impression that your site lacks quality, is unprofessional and is generally sub-standard.

Organize and categorize

This is one of the most important elements of good quality web design. Products are well categorized and organized to help visitors find what they’re looking for easily. You could even have a site map so that visitors are further helped in finding what they need.

Too much clicking can annoy!

Visitors are far more likely to abandon your site if they find that they need to keep clicking on your site to get the information they want. A lot of bad quality website design strategies will use an introductory Flash page that really does not serve any use.
– It is not recognized by search engine robots
– It does not entice visitors too much
– It takes away from the main purpose of the site

Chunk it up!

Putting too much information on a single page is another element of bad web design. Any high quality site will usually break up information into easy to read sections. You can always have hyperlinks to help readers navigate.

Getting to the home page

Sometimes some sites have so much information that on reaching deeper page levels the visitor may not know how to go back to the Home page! So always make sure that as part of a professional web design approach you have a link that says ‘Go to Home page’.

Keep it optional

You want visitors to feel like they are in control. Therefore forcing them into visiting a page is always a bad idea. Good website design will always use menus and drop down sections to help visitors pick and choose whichever section they want to visit!

Know the Reasons why Have A Professional Website is Important

Educate and improve consumer relations

A professional website allows the business to provide increased information about the services offered. This information can also include company description, and contacts that improve consumer relations. Increased interaction between the business and consumer, as well as opportunities for feedback, and order placement can greatly enhance confidence and reliance on the services.

Continuous promotion of services

Websites can be accessed at any time of any day, making promotion continuous. Consumers can locate details about the business such as hours of operation, location, prices, and description of services at any time, and without the hassle of costly advertising such as television, and print.

Increase the market and consumers reached

Developing a professional website allows a business to promote beyond conventional markets, expanding cross-country or worldwide for both local and national corporations. These websites also expose the business to a larger amount of potential consumers which increase the target audience.

Conduct market research

Professional websites make it easy to actually monitor the activity, and necessity of the services offered. Businesses can enhance their sites for market research purposes by adding message boards, and feedback applications. Businesses can find out what key search terms help consumers locate their services online. They can also see what aspects of their websites either entice or repel consumers.

Inexpensive and dynamic marketing tool

Professional websites are inexpensive when compared to other forms of advertising, and marketing, such as television, or printed media. Websites are highly effective in promoting services. They allow for a vast amount of information to be displayed while having direct access to information about the consumers utilizing the website. This information allows businesses to change the site according to the needs of the consumer. These alterations can be made easily, and cost effectively with a website. Otherwise, it would be very expensive to reprint advertisements with updated information for redistribution.

Opportunity to generate revenue

There are many more opportunities to generate revenue aside from increasing clientele with an informative website. Businesses can also sell products and services directly from the website. Affiliate products could be recommended through links, and ad space may be sold for display on the website.

A professional website is a necessity for any business that wants to be taken seriously. With a professional website, opportunities to develop a successful business never cease.

Tips to Choose Seo Web Design Company

There are many pros and cons that come with SEO. When the designer is finished completing it you may still find a great deal of structural and design issue that should be revisited. Unless your designer has a great deal of skill when it comes to SE friendly designs, you will be working on a lot of structural issues. The positive side of this issue is that we get to work on the site and the designer won’t feel bad when you explain something that needs to be changed.

In another story, when you work with the designer, you will find that the designer will get personally offended when you want to make changes to his structure of your site or he may challenge you about your views on SEO friendly websites. Take for instance the argument that an All Flash Site is more appealing.

The SEO may argue that Flash will not be read properly and will have less spidered content that the search engines will see. The Designer will say that flash is read on Google easily. The SEO will tell them that it doesn’t in the same way; you have to maintain that one needs many pages of optimized content and the Flash will not do that. The designer will disagree. However the point remains that the Site needs to be converted.

It is important that the designer understands why it is important to know that conversions are essential, however so is the traffic. The designer will also need to know that if there is no traffic then even 100% conversion will be irrelevant.

However you will sometimes deal with a SEO who knows how important this to the success of the site is. Making the two balance out is a scary task, but when the SEO and the web designer mesh we are talking about an ultimate website. If you have an idea, and it is not working out to be a good solution the web designer may have an idea that will make your site more attractive as well as knowing the problem and helping you with the solution.

Picking a good web designer

The two main things you should consider is that they can build a site that is both attractive and SEO friendly.

Attractive Designs

When you choose a designer you should take a look at their portfolio to see what designs they have made in the past, and get the advice of the people who are in your target audience. It may also be a good idea to see what the leaders in your industry are doing and who designed their sites. Remember just because you like the design, does not mean that it will be good for your target market.

You will also need to know if the designer is good at the conversion optimization skill. You will want to know if they are clear about the best colors to get people to check out your site. They should have done some eye tracking studies which will see how the visitors reacted after visiting the site. You need not be concerned if they don’t know all of these things, the information is available so you will know what to look for before you approve the design.

Building an SEO friendly website

This is one of the most important areas that you must address; you will need to have a search engine friendly design if you are going to get the rank you need to be successful. The skilled web designer is going to have a strong knowledge of CSS and will know to put the main formatting into the file. Much too often people are getting a lot of sites with font tags, size tags, and color tags. This process will give the search engines a lot to dig through to find the content that they are looking for. If you have a table based design it needs to be technically sound.

Another thing to be aware of is bad internal links. You will need links on your internal pages to move up on the rank. Most sites try to target certain phrases on the homepage but internal pages will hold specific products and services. To maximize your rank on your internal pages you will need to be found by the spiders and to be associated with the keywords you will need to target.

If your designer uses image and scrip navigation that is okay, because it makes your website more appealing and makes sure that your key pages are being linked to content on the homepage and they can be spidered quickly.

You will sometimes even find some sites that are over optimized. There are designers who will pack in so many keywords that it will be hard to read and it doesn’t work for the reader of the site. Your pages need to read like you are writing to your visitor not like you are writing for the search engine. You want your keywords to be in there but you only want a density of about 3% so that it can be read by humans.

 

How to Pick Relative or Fixed Table Widths?

Whether you choose to use relative or fixed table depend on your content and the amount of control you went over the result. Many Web design prefer fixed table because they can be sure that their view of the content will be the same as the users. The current trend is to provide content in relative table that adapt to different screen resolutions.

You can set relative table widths as percentages in the table WIDTH attribute. If you choose relative table widths, your table resize based on the size of the browser window shows a table with the WIDTH attribute set to 100 percent.

The browser will try to fit the SEO content into the window, wrapping text as necessary. The advantage of using a relative width is that the resulting table is more compatible across different browser window sizes and screen resolutions. The disadvantage is that you have little content can shift from user to user based on browser window sizes.

You can set absolute table widths as pixel values in the table WIDTH attribute. Fixed table remain constant regardless of the browser window size. The advantage of using affixed table is that you can gain greater control over the result the user sees. The user’s browser size and screen resolution have no affect on the display of the page.

REMOVING DEFAULT TABLE SPACING

Default spacing values are included in table even when you do not specify values for the table’s BORDER, CELL PADDING, or CELL SPACING attributes. Without the default spacing values, the table cells would have no built-in white space between them, and the contents of adjoining cell would run together Depending on the browser, approximately two pixels are reserved for each of these values you can remove the default spacing by explicitly stating a zero value for each attribute.

WRITING EASY-TO-READ TABLE CODE

The HTML table code can get complicated when you add content to your table. Not only do you have to mange all the table tags and attributes, but also the text, images, and links in your cells. One small error in your code can cause unpredictable results in the browser.

You can simplify your table creation and maintenance tasks by writing clean, commented code. If you use plenty of white space in the code, you will find your tables are easier to access and change. Adding comments helps you quickly find the code you went. The various code samples in this chapter demonstrate the use of comments and white space in table code.

REMOVING EXTRA SPACES

Always remove any leading or trailing spaces in your table cell content. In some browsers the extra spaces create white space in the table cell. These spaces cause problems if you are trying to join the contents of adjacent cells. Even though the default spacing has been removed, there still is space between the images.

 

How to Ensure You Get A Great Web Design?

It is with a great web design that you will be able to create a good impression on your site’s visitors. In fact, the success of your website is greatly dependent on how it attracts visitors and how much user friendly it is. It is not enough to just drop and drag pictures for an effective web design, lots of thought and forethought is required to get the perfect design for your website.

The most important point to consider when creating your web design is the concept of your site and what you intend to propagate through the website. All this has to be done before you actually start working on your web design. If your website is to be a personal website, consider how you intend to show your personality and style; and if it is a commercial website, choose the design depending on how you intend to broadcast your products and services. With a lot of forethought, you will be able to choose the right theme for the website, and save lots of headaches.

Use positive points of other websites in your web design

Research to find out what other websites with similar objectives look like and you will get ideas for your web design. Look at websites and keep its positive and negative points in mind so that you can eliminate the negative but use the positive points in your web design.

Once you get an idea of what your web design is to look like, you will have to plan your site. Do this by drawing a sitemap to see how you want your site to work, and which links you intend to use so that the site works as you wish it to work. You save lots of time this way, and give you an idea of your future website.

When creating your web design, remember that it has to be user friendly to be successful on the internet. Lay the site in as clear and a logical manner as possible to ensure that your site is easy to navigate.

Minimum images in the web design facilitate faster downloading of web pages.

If you use tables in your web design, it is better to break your page into a minimum of two tables instead of using a single table. This is because a single table takes longer to download; moreover with two tables, you can have an introduction to your web page in the first table so that visitors don’t get impatient with a long wait.

Use minimum images on your web page where each page should be limited to 30kb including text, images and background images but devoid of plug-ins. This ensures that visitors need not wait more than 5 seconds for the page to load. Use navigation bars in your web design to help visitors know where they are in your website.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to use Meta tags in your web design as they are recognized by search engines and help in bringing more hits to your website. However, your description should be short and concise and not loaded with keywords to ensure that you have a successful web design.

 

Web Design Flow

The concept of flow was first introduced (academically) by a psychologist named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He said there is a state of concentration that can be achieved when attention, motivation and situation are all optimised which come together to result in a large amount of productive effort. The concept of flow is very similar to modern sayings such as “in the zone” or “on a roll”.

Getting people into this mental state on a website you are designing is important as it will allow the user to look at your entire site and pick up whatever information you are offering and lead to a more likely conversion whether that be a sale, enquiry or just lasting visit.

Putting flow inside web design is all about making things as easy as possible for a visitor or potential customer and this can be looked at in several ways, goals, efficiency, feedback and discovery.

Goals

The first concept of goals is critically important for all websites and especially for retail. The flow of your site should take your user through relevant information and to your goal so deciding what that is should be your first step. After you have decided this you need to set up smaller goals for the user on each page. This could be something as simple as choosing whether to tick a box or as complicated as entering their payment details as long as the goal is clear the flow will be maintained.

Be sure to choose the correct copy for instructions, it should be clear what the person has to do but its easy to come off as sarcastic or condescending when giving orders so make it as friendly as possible. Also I recommend you keep a steady style throughout your copy instead of dotting in and out of formality.

Efficiency

Efficiency is also very important in a sites design. Incorporating basic navigation and optimising your sites performance will keep users from becoming bored with menial tasks such as click through and looking for the right page. As you may already know it’s wise to minimise the pages a user has to go through to complete the goal, modern web users get bored and click away very quickly if they have to go through 10 pages of terms before they even start a task.

A good example of efficiency in a page is expandable sections for people to read. Many modern websites use such functions (including Firebox and Dixons). These enable you to have the information ready for an interested user to view but hidden from a user who is not bothered. They could be customer reviews, related accessories, external links or related pages on your site.

Navigation should also be optimised for efficiency. Tajke a look at Amazon and Play’s sites. They have a massive amount of products and category pages yet they manage to successfully classify it into sectors and sub categories all of which look the same so users will know where to look immediately.

Feedback

It’s important for someone’s flow that they are encouraged, reassured and informed of their situation and success at reaching goals.

If you neglect to provide a user with feedback at some point they will begin to loose interest as the goal no longer seems relevant. The best way to give feedback to a user is to keep them up-to-date on their progress. A great example of this is percentage completion counters on video games. Very often when saving or loading a game you will be informed of how many % you have currently completed, very effective as a focus individual will always aim for 100%. You can do the same thing with forms on your site.

Discovery

Once a user has achieved the goals you have set them via maximum efficiency then they are going to want new goals and information or again their concentration and flow will be broken. This has become a well targeting area in web 2.0 and many sites have product or information boxes contain “related products” or “latest news about this tag”.

You must have new content for users to find and interact with or you will see negative effects on returning visitors and your site will eventually dry out.

Conclusion

There is a lot of work involved in designing for flow but it’s a compulsory step in your design process. The best test you can do is to see how fast someone who has not been involved with a site build how easy it is to navigate or what the goals of each specific page are. If they give you positive feedback it’s likely your site is accessible in a flow type way.

 

Web Site Design Rule

Do Not Use Splash Pages

Splash pages are the first page you would see when you hit a web site. They tend to have a nice picture or photo with the words, “Welcome” or “Click Here To Enter.” They may look attractive, but functionally, they are empty and a waste. The search engines are looking for solid content on your index page and a splash page doesn’t cut the mustard. It also gives your visitors a prime oppotunity to click away. Make that first impression count!

Do Not Use Excession Banner Ads

People have trained themselves to avoid making eye contact with banner ads. If you are advertising on your site, the best advertising to do is in-context link ads. It’s more of a pre-sell than a hard sell and will make all the difference.

Create A Simple And Clean Navigation

The simpler, the better. People are coming to your web site for information. They want the solution to their problem answered and want to find it quickly. Avoid flash and drop-down menus. Keep it simple, easy to navigate and easy to get back. A visitor should never, ever be more than 3 clicks away from your Home page.

Have A Clear Indication Of Where Your Visitor Is

As in point 3, it is essential that your visitors feel as if they are in total control of their browsing experience. Always make sure they know exacly where they are and how to get to wherever they want to be. Clear links, site maps, etc are important. If they get lost, they may just abandon ship!

Avoid Using Audio On The Web Site

Background audio and sounds that start automatically when someone enters your site is a killer. Don’t do it! Many people get annouyed with something that they can’t control. Some people tend to browse at work. If you do feel you need to use audio, put it in a control that the visitor has to push a play button to start and stop.

Filenames And URLs in a Website

FILE NAMING

The maximum length of the filename, valid characters and punctuation, and sensitivity to uppercase and lowercase letters all very among operating syste as described.

Case Sensitivity

If you have an image file named picture gift, for example, and you reference that file as the image will display properly on a Macintosh or windows machine.On a UNILX server, however, the image will not load properly windows machine.On a UNLX machine, picture, gif and picture gif are two different files. It is best always to use lowercase letter for all filenames Remember to use lowercase letters in filenames in your HTML.Code as well.

Character Exceptions

Character use also is incompatible between operating systems. For example the filename my stuff.htm is valid on a PC or Macintosh,but not on a UNIX machine because of the space in the filename.If you transfer a web site containing my styff.htm to a UNIX server, the links to the file will not work.

File extensions

Use the correct file extension to identify your file to browser.HTML text files must end in.html or .html. Be careful to add this extension when you are working in Notepad, which defaultsto saving .As you also must correctly specify image file formats in the file extensions.

Solving the filename Dilemma

The best way to overcome the restrictions of case sensitivity, character exceptions, and file extensions is to use the convention specified by the international standards organization for all your files.This convention specifies a maximum of eight letters followed by a period and three-Letter extensions. Allowed characters are letters, numbers,and the under- three-letter file extension if you use the 8.3 file naming convention on your development system, you will have little or no file name problems when you transfer your filed to the Web design server, regardless of the server’s operating system. By sticking with this filename format, you ensure that your files will be portable across the greatest number of operating systems. Do not forget to use lowercase characters, and omit special characters from your filenames to ensure compatibility.

URL USAGE

Although you may know that URLs are the addresses you type into your browser to access a site,you may not realize that there are two type of URLs:-complete and partial.

Web Design Mistakes

Web Design’s Scariest Backgrounds

The background of your website is one aspect that you have control over and you can easily change or alter to suit your client’s needs. You must be aware, however, that some backgrounds are simply not attractive at all. Some of these backgrounds that should be avoided at any cost are :

• A completely black background with light or white text superimposed upon it. Even the best web designers in the world have difficulty achieving an appealing look with this type of background. It gives viewers the impression that you are imperious and condescending and does not do anything to encourage readers to stay on your site. Also, some browsers, when used to print a page, also print background color. This could cause complaints from customers who are not happy about the amount of ink they used in order to print a single page.

• A completely black background with dark words. This is an even worse background choice than the previous one because the words simply cannot be seen without great difficulty. In order to read the text, visitors to your site will have to first highlight the text, a task that will quickly irritate them.

• Complicated, tiled images. Fresh web designers often use this from of background because it is convenient and looks good to them. They should also bear in mind, however, that this type of background can dramatically increase the amount of load time for a website.

Web Design’s Scariest Text

The main reason people visit your site is that they are interested in the content contained within your website. If they are unable to read your text, then there is nothing for them to stay for. Your web design company definitely does not want visitors to find nothing worth reading on your site, so avoid the following pitfalls:

• Centering all your text. A page with all of its text completely centred is unattractive and difficult to read.

• Overly emphasized text. Some designers bold every other line of text and italicize the rest. This is self-defeating because in attempting to make everything stand out, nothing stands out.

• Flashing text. Although some people find text that constantly disappears and reappears appealing, it is almost impossible to read, defeating the purpose of even having text in the first place. Text is there to be read!

Web Design’s Scariest Content

As a web designer, you should never ignore your content. At the end of the day, the content of your web page is what either draws visitors to your site, or drives them away. You should make sure you include interesting and attention-grabbing content and avoid the following mistakes.

• Pages consisting solely of links. Pages where every word is a link on its own do not serve any purpose other than to convince visitors never to return to your site.

• “Funny” content. Including humorous content is risky, at best. Some people may not understand your humor and will need to have it explained to them or, more likely, they will simply leave your site in search of something more interesting that they can actually understand.

Web Design’s Scariest Multimedia

Many designers find themselves in love with multimedia and attempt to use it in every project that they undertake. The web design company you work for probably does appreciate your talent with multimedia and, when the situation calls for it, you can showcase your talents to your web design company and your clients. However, designing using multimedia tools is a very time consuming process. You should not let your desire to show off your skills with multimedia compromise the work that you eventually hand in to your clients. You should do your utmost to avoid the following traps:

• Image overload. Images of all forms, including icons, should not be present in large numbers. As a general rule-of-thumb, anything more than two images is overkill.

• Overly large images. The readership of your site will not suffer if your images are not of print quality. Large, high quality images take a long time to load and most readers would not care if you had used a low quality image.

• Embedded audio. Audio streams that play constantly while the page is open are very annoying for visitors who simply want to examine the content of your site. Worse, these audio streams are usually impossible to turn off. If you absolutely must include some form of sound with your web page, you must give your visitors the controls required to turn off the sound if they wish.

The Best Web Design Software

Macromedia’s Studio 8 Suite Academic Software Package

Macromedia Dreamweaver

My first choice for HTML editors is Macromedia’s Dreamweaver. It has an easy to use, intuitive user interface and state of the art design tools. With a customizable user interface, you can work the way you need to. Although the student software doesn’t come with manuals, Dreamweaver has excellent online tutorials.

You can design intricate CSS-based layouts and designs easily with tools that allow for quick selection and control of page and site wide style properties. There is a built in graphics editor that uses Macromedia Fireworks technology. Dreamweaver allows you to develop HTML, XHTML, XML, ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, PHP, and Macromedia ColdFusion websites.

It has a cross-browser code validation feature that automatically checks tags and CSS rules for compatibility across all the leading browsers and allows you to configure browser preview for multiple browsers.

One of the nicest features is the Property Inspector that enables quick, comprehensive property editing that makes getting it perfect a no-brainer. This is the editor I use to create and maintain all of my web sites. I have used the entire professional and many of the other HTML editors available and can say that Dreamweaver is absolutely the best HTML editor. Since Dreamweaver is taught in most graphic design curriculums, it inclusion in the academic software package is needed.

Macromedia Fireworks

Fireworks is Macromedia’s answer to Photoshop and is included in the student software package. Fireworks have all the tools web professional needs to create everything from simple graphical buttons to sophisticated rollover effects. You can import, edit, and integrate all major graphics formats, including vector and bitmap images and easily export Fireworks images to Flash, Dreamweaver, and third-party applications.

Besides all of the normal features you would expect in a professional photo editing program, fireworks includes new interactive design features and the ability to create pop-up menus in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) format without the need for programming. One thing Fireworks does exceptionally well is batch processing. I use Fireworks batch processing all of the time to optimize entire directories of photographs. I can resize and optimize 50 photographs in just a couple of minutes.

Macromedia Flash Pro 8

Flash is the industry leader for creation animation and video movies for streaming over the internet. Flash creates movies with surprising small files sizes. That translates to quick download times and the availability to use flash animation on slower links and mobile devices and comes complete with tools for video creation especially for mobile devices. Flash pro 8 provides everything needed to create great looking videos. Since flash is being used more frequently is essential that it be part of an academic software package.

Macromedia Contribute

Contribute is Macromedia’s answer to the problem of content management. It provides the ability to change the content of a website without having to know anything about HTML, but does not need all the expensive software and databases that a regular content management system uses. Contribute allows companies to buy an inexpensive tool that lets them provide content without messing with the design. Contribute is a solution that is custom-made for small to mid-sized companies that don’t need all the power of CMS, but would like some of the benefits. Being included in the academic software package will give students an opportunity to see how a very simple CMS system works.

Macromedia FlashPaper

FlashPaper generates compact, fast-opening Flash documents that can be published to any website using Macromedia Contribute, Dreamweaver, or any other HTML tool. FlashPaper creates Flash documents through intuitive Microsoft Office integration and file drag and drop. Create Flash documents that are immediately available cross-platform on any web browser. Compact Flash documents open within a web page, eliminating the need for a separate viewer application. Flash documents can also be incorporated into Flash projects. Adding this to the student software package allows the student to experience using a very handy tool.

Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Premium Academic Software Package

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is the graphics industry standard and my choice of photo editing software. I have to admit I love Photoshop. You can create original images or modify photos using a wide range of painting, drawing, and retouching tools. You can work the way that’s best for you by creating personalized workspace and tool settings and customized keyboard shortcuts.
You can achieve sophisticated results by compositing images, text, and effects on hundreds of layers that you control by grouping into sets, color coding, and locking. You can simulate traditional fine-art techniques with dry and wet brush effects, pastel, charcoal, and more and even use brushes to add special effects such as grass and leaves.
There are tools to improve the color, contrast, and dynamic range of any image, easily remove dust, scratches, blemishes, wrinkles, and other flaws with the Healing Brush. Photoshop can give high quality output by working with the complete raw data files from most major digital camera models. It’s great all-around imaging software. Photoshop is taught in all graphic curriculums and had to be included in the student software package.

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is also taught in every school’s graphic curriculum and is another essential part of a student software package. It is also an essential tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually in print, on the Web, and in any other medium. When my clients send me a rough pencil drawing of the logo they want for their business, I create the logo in Illustrator then import into Photoshop to get it ready for their web page.
Illustrator has great 3D features, advanced typographical controls, Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) integration and enhanced printing options. Illustrator will help create and efficiently publish your artwork anywhere.

One of the nicest features is the ability to apply live effects without affecting the underlying artwork, so you can edit at any time without starting over. There are blending modes and transparency effects similar to those in Photoshop software but, unlike Photoshop, Illustrator has intuitive tools such as the Pencil, Smooth, Erase, and Pen tools.

Adobe In Design

In Design is the best page layout software available and is the choice of most print design professionals. With the advent of paid subscription totally-digital magazines, it is getting popular for laying out the print like pages of these products.
It can integrate with both Photoshop and Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) file formats and supports the multiple layer capability of Photoshop. It is an all around necessary tool for the professional graphic designer. Although not usually covered in most curriculums, it is a welcome addition to any academic software package,

Adobe Go Live

Go Live is Adobe’s answer to Dreamweaver. It has all of the features that you can find in Dreamweaver and is integrated directly into the rest of adobe products. Personally, I prefer Dreamweaver but go live are an excellent HTML editor and complete the suite for a web designer. Although usually on touched in classes, Go Live is welcome addition to any student software package.

Adobe Acrobat

Acrobat is the number one tool used to create the widely used PDF document format. With it’s built in security features that can prevent the user from copying or changing the document and the ability to require a password to open the document, acrobat is still one of the leading choices for creating paid e-books. This program is an absolute necessity for a web designer and therefore a welcome addition to the academic software package.