Site Design Tips
Designing a Website is an important aspect of any Internet venture
and approaching it correctly can make all the difference in how
visitors - and search engines - view your website.
As commercial news publishers, we'll share with you some of the
same design tips we've used. A large part of that encompasses using
some of the high-quality content made available here on News Sticky.
Below are links to some helpful resources and tools. If you know
of any tools or resources you would like to see added to News Sticky,
please tell us.
Eyetracking: Studies reveal that people look at
webpages differently than a print page. Here is an interesting article
by Laura Ruel and Nora Paul with the Online Journalism Review on
an in-depth look into how people scan webpages by usability expert,
Jakob Nielson, who conducts eyetracking research, titled "Eyetracking
Points the way to effective news article design - March 13,
for Writing for the Web - A great basic resource provided
by University of Florida educator Mindy McAdams.
A variety of website templates available for sale. (We've used it
ourselves. 5-Star Recommendation.)
Get help with templates you buy from Template Monster - this is
a custom solution. (Recommended!)
This is from the folks at Site2You and it's an easy way to build
a website online yourself. (Highly Recommended!)
Form Handler. All
websites have forms today from Contact Us to signing up for services.
This is a great tool for both beginner and experienced web developers.
(We use this form handler ourselves. 5-Star Recommendation!)
Site Development Tools - meta, keywords, optimization,
meta tag generator from promotionworld.com. (We're
not familiar with this tool)
Discovery Tool from Trellian. Displays the number of
searches across multiple search engines, not just one. (We highly
recommend this tool)
Tool from Google Adwords. This page will show you two
bar charts; search volume and advertiser competition. It will give
you some idea on how to budget your text link advertising. But you
might consider other
Selector Tool. This is from Overture, which is now
owned by Yahoo!
Feed Validation Service. This tool is good for validating
your RSS feed.
Traffic Details. Check your own site's rank here.
Tools. Variety of SEO tools from the folks at seochat.com.
Character Reference. Like, what is the symbol for copyright.
to add to your website - but we caution you not to convert anyone's
feed without their consent!
Look up detailed info on a domain from the folks at DomainTools.
(We gave it 4-Stars, and use it as our primary whois source.)
Rankings. Check a web page's ranking on Google against
other sites based on keyword comparisons. Interesting tool.
Popularity. Check your site's link popularity across
multiple engines. We recommend this free tool offered by Marketleap.