Category Archives: Website Design Explained

How to validate your website code

One of the final steps of creating your website pages should be the validation of the HTML and markup. It’s important writing valid HTML which helps ensure your website pages are complying with all the standards whilst also assisting with browser compatibility.

As new releases of web browsers are released they are continually improving the way they support HTML as defined by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium): http://www.w3.org/ so it’s important to keep your website code validated for it to work with current and future web browser releases. s After you have developed your web page you should use a popular online HTML validator such as the W3C validator: http://validator.w3.org/ which will check your HTML for any problems or browser specific issues.

How to create an HTML Page

There are many applications and software designed for trading and editing website pages although every computer has application called notepad or WordPad which you can use to create a webpage.

To create an HTML webpage you will need a minimum of the following HTML tags:
<!doctype> <title> <html> <head> <body>

Your first page of the website that the web browser will load when it visits your website should be called index.html

The file name can’t contain any spaces but can contain the following:
Letters a-z, A-Z Numbers 0-9 Hyphens (-) Underscores (_)

This best practice to make sure the filename is all lowercase whilst trying to keep the filename as short as possible.

There’s two extensions you can use which are .html and .htm

When naming other pages, for search engine optimisation purposes  it makes sense to name them according to the pages content so for a website selling website design services it makes much more sense to name the page website-design-services.html as opposed to services.html

How your SEO can be affected by how you design your website & HTML

It’s important to understand how most search engines view your website. When they find your website, an online program commonly referred to as a spider will search your website and view the pages. It will then make its own decision which pages to display within the search results.

The way your website is designed and your HTML written can have a big impact on the search engine spider results.

For examples search engines can’t see graphics, images and other media such as Flash movies.

Always make sure you name and describe images accordingly, making use of the alt=”image description here” tag.

Another important tip is to validate your HTML and CSS using an online CSS and HTML validator.

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