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    7 Facts you must know before you hire a Web Designer Newbie
      Providers of web design in Florida abound. With so many web design
      suppliers in town, the decision of which web designer to choose can be
      a daunting one. Fortunately for you, after reading this quick guide,
      you can ask your potential designer the right questions and feel
      confident that you are hiring the right person to build or revamp your

      Flush the flash intros and entirely flash-based websites!
      True, flash animations can be beautiful to look at, they are edgy,
      trendy and in general plain cool. Unfortunately, the search engines
      like Google or Yahoo cannot see any of it. It is not even that they may
      take too long to load and the search engine's crawler doesn't want to
      wait and leaves, though this too is already a good reason not to have
      them. It is that crawlers cannot read the movement or action at all.
      Search engines read text, that's what they index in their catalogs, and
      that's what they will look up when you go into Google and type, for
      example "Web Design in Miami".

      Are the pages web optimized?
      Statistics show that users will wait only 4 seconds to begin to see a
      page loading when they first visit a website; and only 20 seconds for
      the entire page to have downloaded in the screen. Any longer than that
      and they will hit the back button in the browser and leave, probably
      for good. Make sure your web designer knows about this and thus will
      balance your site with light weight graphics and text.

      Usability and Accessibility - Section 508 Accessibility Law
      Research shows that users do not read websites, they skim them. Your
      visitors will look around feverishly for anything that is interesting
      or resembles what they're looking for. A good web designer knows this,
      so she places important information strategically throughout the
      website, makes good use of conventions (i.e. anything clickable should
      be underlined), designs a user-friendly website with intuitive
      navigation. This is designing with usability in mind. Section 508 of
      the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a US law requiring the federal
      government to make all goods and services, including web sites fully
      accessible to people with disabilities. It identifies specific
      standards for Internet and Web accessibility. These guidelines
      encourage developers to make web sites accessible to desktop browsers,
      voice browsers (screen readers), mobile phone, and other software that
      aids the handicapped navigate the Internet.

      Search Engine Optimization, SEO
      Besides the issue of search engine visibility (covered above), good web
      design incorporates competitive and relevant keywords (what the users
      are typing into the search engines as "Web Design in Miami"
      in example above) within the text of the page, and 'behind the scenes',
      tucked away in what's called the HTML Meta Tags, which are not usually
      visible to human eyes. The research and placement of the keywords are
      extremely important if you want your website to stand a chance before
      the search engines, and therefore, have your website make a positive
      impact in your business' bottom line!

      W3C Compliance
      XHTML 1.1 Transitional Compliance: XHTML is a stricter and cleaner
      version of HTML recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). XHTML
      is the effective inheritor of HTML 4.01 and although it is almost
      identical to its predecessor it is aimed to replace it. W3C will not
      continue to develop HTML, future W3C work will be focusing on XHTML
      only. In light of this information, it is very important that your web
      designer codes (programs) your web site with the latest of standards in
      the industry.

      Tableless CSS Markup
      Web designers have traditionally relied heavily (or even exclusively)
      on the use of HTML tables to display their web designs on the Internet.
      However, tables present multiple issues on flexibility,
      interoperability, and most importantly accessibility. Tableless CSS
      markup is quickly becoming the standard in the web community, specially
      since it allows to separate content from the presentation (or design)
      of a website with enhanced control and flexibility; it demands less
      bandwidth usage; and it fully supports mobile and hand held devices.
      Since HTML table-based coding will sooner or later be phased out, it
      behooves you to check if your web designer will use the highly
      recommended tableless CSS markup when building your web site.

      Browser Compatibility
      Since the Internet has continued to grow at an exponential rate, so
      have the Internet Browser brands, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox,
      Netscape and Safari. While Internet Explorer remains the most popular,
      followed very closely by Firefox, there are well over a dozen different
      options out there that are being used by Internet visitors. Each of
      these browsers decodes the HTML, XHTML or CSS of your web site in
      slightly a different way. Sometimes the design will hardly be affected,
      yet other times the interpretation given to a particular piece of such
      code can drastically alter the overall design or composition of your
      site. Make sure your website will be compatible in at least the two
      most common browsers: Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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