Daniel Scocco, the owner of DailyBlogTips.com (a blog I personally enjoy reading) released a new project called “How to make a website – Free tutorial” that basically teaches you how to get a site up and running in a matter of hours. He covers how to choose the domain, how to get the hosting plan, how to install WordPress, how to choose a nice template and how to customize the website design.
HowtoMakeaWebsite.net offers a free 26 pages e-book titled “50 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your Website.”. This is for beginners, but I am sure even the experienced web developer will pick some good points by reading it. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
16. Using The Wrong Font Color / Background
Apart from using a large font, you should also make sure that the font and background colors are producing a good contrast.
For example, it is very hard to read a yellow font on a white background. If possible stick with the basic color palletes: dark font on white background or white font on dark background.
17. Not Testing On Different Browsers
Different browsers interpret HTML code differently, so it is important to check how your website is loading at least on the major browsers (e.g., IE 8, IE 7, Firefox, Safari and Opera).
You can use a tool called BrowserShots.org for this purpose. It is free and easy to use.
18. Making Links Look Like Normal Text
Your visitors must must be able to identify what is clickable and what is not on your website.
The standard is to underline links. Alternatively you can change the color of the links.
19. Not Changing Color of Visited Links
It is also important to change the color of visited links. This is a common practice around the web, as it allows visitors to know what pages they have been to in the past.