gears for efficient website design

Efficient Website Designs

Efficiency is a skill in avoiding wasted time and effort. It is important to incorporate programming techniques that will make the implementation and maintenance of your website efficient. In addition, these techniques make your website widely compatible with most operating systems and Web browsers.

Best practices for efficient website design

Use XHTML

The latest standard for Web page programming is XHTML code, recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as a replacement for HTML code. XHTML is forward-compatible with a greater number of devices and browsers. Further, it is wise practice to avoid proprietary code or hacks. Programming should be done according to the standards in a way that reaches the greatest number of users.

Employ Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

CSS gives website designers more control over the look and layout of Internet documents. It allows site-wide control of many elements such as font styles, page colors, lists, line spacing, margins, indents, images, etc.

Benefits of using CSS for website design include:

  • Web pages are easily viewed on any monitor at any resolution
  • People with older browsers can still view the website
  • People with disabilities have better access to the website
  • Presentation is more controllable for screen and print
  • Code is simpler and more manageable
  • Styles of the website can be changed through modification of just one file
  • Updates of content and style are independent therefore less cumbersome
  • Website aesthetics can be upgraded without ever modifying actual content

CSS is implemented in the latest versions of the most popular browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari. CSS is gaining greater support over time and newer versions are under development indicating that websites built with CSS today will still be robust tomorrow.

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