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Tips for Aspiring Webmasters
by Matt Mitchell of Complexity WebZine
My tip for all the aspiring webmasters out there is to
worry most about cleanliness on your website.
I am not a professional graphics designer, but I am able
to create almost-professional looking pages with limited
graphics knowledge, free graphics sites, and a small graphics
program called PaintShop Pro. The reason that I am able
to do this is because I make sure that all of my sites
have enough whitespace and are not too cluttered.
Make sure that your pages don't make your users scroll
down for hours to view it all, and also try to stay away
from flashy dividers and icons; they tend to make your
page less professional.
In order to make your pages clean, don't be afraid to
put the same content in 15 pages instead of three.
The second way to make a clean page is to institute a
theme. Before you sit down to find your graphics or write
your code, be sure to know exactly what colors you will
use, what fonts you will use, where your graphics will
go, etc., and have a good navigation system planned out.
This will allow you to have your page formatted well with
a lot of whitespace instead of the clutter you get when
you use the "play by ear" design.
Thirdly, be sure that all graphics look well done and
that your pages are appropriate to your audience. Try
not to make very advanced graphics on your own, because
they will generally blow up in your face. Also, don't
clutter the site with ads, a few are fine, but not too