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Published on September 29th, 2013 | by MoniqueJones18

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Spruce Up Your Website In 3 Easy Steps

It is funny if you think about how even a dog gets to have its own website today, complete with profile photos and a biography. Your mom’s fish can have its own site too, if you would like it to. The Internet has paved the way for a generation that lives and thrives with the help of websites.

If you need to do research, you log on and go to websites like Wikipedia or Google. If you need to manage your very own virtual PBX system, you go online and log in. If you would like unwind and read about the latest Hollywood stories, you log on to TMZ.com or Perezhilton.com. If you have had the chance to go online, which you most probably had, perhaps you noticed that websites vary. Every one of them is different. Some come across as busy and hodgepodges of everything while some are simple, straightforward and minimalist. Web designing has become a lucrative career because of the Internet’s unwavering reign over our lives. Aspiring web designers actually make it a point to take up certification courses on graphic design and basic web design to equip themselves with enough knowledge before they embark on a new journey.

Balance is important in the process of designing a web site. Off-balanced and chaotic websites are usually the result of being careless when it comes to laying out content and visual materials. Keeping your website balanced does not necessarily mean that everything has to be symmetrical or proportional. It just means that you have to learn how to lay out content in such a way that it doesn’t come across as chaotic, complicated or asymmetrical. The grid is one of the most powerful tools that trained and skilled web designers use in order to keep the balance of their site in check. Mastering the proper ways how to use these grids will help any web designer arranging the content into systematized columns that will make the content not only pleasing to the eye but readable as well. Most web designers utilize grids in the creation of side bars, columns and many other things that aid in making the website more pleasing to the eye and of course, easier to navigate.

  • The Perfect Use of Colors

This is another reason why it is important for anyone who wants a career in web design to take up crash courses—colors. Learning the proper ways to utilize colors is very essential to this job.

Choosing your colors without the proper understanding of the color palette may result in a site that looks like a casualty of blazing paint guns. Although choosing the right colors has something to do with having an intuitive eye and common sense, learning the basics of colors is still essential because only a skilled and trained eye can work with more than two base colors and contrasting color schemes.

  • The Addition of Graphics

Graphics are exceptional additions or platforms to send a visual message, but choosing the wrong graphics can certainly be catastrophical to a design. You do not have to be a talented photographer or an excellent illustrator in order to make your website look well-made and snappy, you just have to have the eye and sense to know which visuals will sit well with the rest of the content found on your website. This is also the reason why web designers are highly encouraged to take up graphic design courses. Graphic design courses \ help them learn basic photography skills and will also help them hone their Photoshop editing skills.

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The author juggles being a wife to an engineer and a mother to a witty toddler. In her spare time, she involves herself in getting the word out about office phone systems. Find Monique on Google+.



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