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Fix Your Website Or Say Goodbye To Sales

Your website tells a lot about you and your product so if your website is poorly design you are sure to loose your entire ... as you will be loosing sales by the minute. In this article I have

Your website tells a lot about you and your product so if your website is poorly design you are sure to loose your entire investment as you will be loosing sales by the minute. In this article I have outlined some of the common problems common to website.

In the age we are today, things change fast in the Internet and so if you are to keep up with your customers and to make maximise profits as a webmaster, you must be able to design and re-design your website to reflect the message you pass to your customers.

Sometimes waiting for your website designers take ages to effect this changes which you could have been able to do quietly from your home or office without having to pay lots of money to web designers and wait on the queue to get to your turn before the change can be effect. These delays result in loss of sales most of the time.

There is no way I will ever buy anything from a web site that has missing images or broken links. I mean, if this webmaster doesn't care about his web site, he probably could care less about his customers.

Getting your web site to look good can sometimes be a hair-pulling experience. Even for me, and I have been making web sites for over 5 years. I can only imagine how frustrated many newbies can get.

Let me share with you some of the common problems in designing a
well-functioning web site. If you haven't made these mistakes
yet - trust me: you will! Keep this troubleshooting guide handy
for when you need it (and save some of your hair, too!)

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1. MISSING IMAGES ON THE PAGE
2. IMAGE LOADS VERY SLOWLY
3. IMAGE LOOKS DISTORTED
4. BROKEN LINKS
5. TEXT IS MISSING ON THE PAGE
6. VISITORS CAN'T SEE YOUR FANCY FONTS
7. TOO MUCH HORIZONTAL SCROLLING REQUIRED
8. THE TABLE IS WIDER THAN SPECIFIED
9. WEB PAGE DISPLAYS OLD LINKS AND IMAGES
10. BACKGROUND DOESN'T SHOW
11. CAN'T ACCESS YOUR HOME PAGE
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PROBLEM 1: MISSING IMAGES ON THE PAGE

SOLUTION: There are three things that might cause this problem.
You have either forgotten to upload the image to your web server,
didn't link to it correctly, or the graphic is in invalid format.

1) Remember, you need to upload all the graphics that you are
using on your web page, just like any other file. So if you have
a "services.html" page that contains "staff.jpg" graphic, you
need to upload both "services.html" and "staff.jpg" to your web
server.

2) You also need to reference that image correctly. For this, you
need to understand a little bit about files, folders, and
directories. Basically, a file is a document. A folder (or a
directory) is a collection of files.

You might have a directory on your web site called "images".
Inside it you might have the "staff.jpg", "logo.jpg", and other
files.
Now, here is the trick: if your HTML file is located in the same
folder with the graphic it contains, then here is how you refer
to that image:


So far, simple, right?
But let's say that your HTML file is located in the main
directory, while the graphic file is located in the
sub-directory. For example, "services.html" is located in the
root directory of your web site so that if you type
www.yoursite.com/services.html in your browser location bar, you
will see it.

And let's say that you placed a graphic used on that page into a
sub-directory called "images", so that when you type
www.yoursite.com/images/graphic.jpg into your browser location
bar, you will see that image.
So how do you refer to that graphic from your "services.html"
page? Here is how:


All I did was put the sub-directory (or folder) name followed by
a forward slash before the graphic name.

Finally, what if you put an HTML page into a sub- directory, but
leave the image in the main (root) directory? For example, your
"services.html" is located in a sub-directory called "pages".
And the graphic used on it, "staff.jpg", is placed in the main
directory, so that when you type this address into your browser
location bar, you will see it: www.yoursite.com/staff.jpg
How do you refer to this graphic on your "services.html" page?
You use the "previous directory" notation like this:

The browser will then know, that in order to find that graphic it
needs to look in one directory below.
If you are having trouble understanding the above notation, use
absolute image references. For example:


Make sure you know where you placed your graphic (which folder)
and refer to it as if you were accessing it from your web
browser. That's it!

3) And finally, if you are not using graphics with the "JPG" or
"GIF" extension, they will not appear on your web page. Use
PaintShop Pro or any other graphic editor download.com) to convert
your graphic from any format to "JPG" or "GIF".
Broken images may also happen even if they don't have the right
extension. That's because they have been created in a
not-for-web format. When a graphic artist designs your logo,
remind her to save it as "RGB" (which stands for
"red-green-blue") or "Indexed Color" and not any other color mode
(such as "CMYK").
For more information, see "Choosing the right format for your
images" at http:/ ech.irt.org/articles/js206/index.htm


PROBLEM 2: IMAGE LOADS VERY SLOWLY

SOLUTION: You must do your best to reduce the graphic to its
minimum good-looking format. Use GIFBot to do this:
http://www.netmechanic.com/GIFBot/optimize-graphic.htm
Some new webmasters use a large graphic and specify a smaller
size in the HTML code. That is absolutely unnecessary and will
slow down your web page three times or more!
For example, if you have a graphic that is 200x200 in size
(pixels), and insert it into your web page like this:

...you are actually doing yourself disservice. Why not reduce the
graphic in your image editor first, then place it on your web
site? Doing this will speed up your site and will not distort
your graphic.


PROBLEM 3: IMAGE LOOKS DISTORTED
SOLUTION: You probably specified incorrect size of this graphic
on your web page. To find out the correct size of a graphic,
right-click on it and choose "Properties" from the menu. You
should see the image size (something like 110 x 200) then put the
same numbers in the IMG tag:



PROBLEM 4: BROKEN LINK
SOLUTION: You must fix your link so it takes your visitors to a
page that exists. Links can be relative or absolute. Here is an
example of a relative link (remember, I am omitting the tag
brackets so you could see the actual code):


This link refers to a page that is located on YOUR web site, and
not someone else's. Now, here is an example of an absolute link:


Notice that this link will take you to the exact same page that
the first one will. This is just a different way to build your
links.
You can also link to someone else's web site using absolute
links:

Can you use relative links to refer to an outside web site? No.
Only absolute links can do that. And don't forget to use the
"http://" in each absolute link tag.


PROBLEM 5: TEXT IS MISSING ON THE PAGE
SOLUTION: This can happen for different reasons, but all of them
have to do with closing tags:

1) When a closing table tag is missing, the entire table content
might be missing, too. So don't forget to close all your TABLE,
TR and TD tags.

2) You forgot to close a comment and the browser "thinks" that
the rest of the text has also been commented out. Make sure you
close every comment that you open.

3) You forgot to close a quotation mark in a tag. For example,
if you use quotes in a IMG SRC or A HREF tags, you must close
them:

click "Refresh" when the graphic is displayed by itself

Now come back to your web page and press "refresh" button one
more time. You should now see the updated images.
Also, if you are using an FTP program to upload your files, don't
forget to click "Refresh" in the FTP window before uploading new
files. Otherwise, you will simply upload the old versions.


PROBLEM 10: BACKGROUND DOESN'T SHOW
SOLUTION: Make sure to upload your background image along with
the other files. Also, make sure you upload it into the right
directory (see "missing image on the page" above for more
information)


PROBLEM 11: CAN'T ACCESS YOUR HOME PAGE
SOLUTION: if you get an "access denied" error or a list of files
when you are trying to access your web site, make sure you named
your home page correctly.
Every hosting company has it set up so that the very first page
of your site must be named "index.html". Sometimes, though, they
will require your first file to be called "welcome.html",
"default.html", "home.html", or "default.htm".

There is only one way to find out: ask them! Or visit their web
site to see if they specify the default file name in their tech
support section.
Notice that "default.html" and "default.htm" are two different
files. You can name your files either way
Free Articles, but only one of them
will be accepted as a default one.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jeffrey Benson is the CEO of Self Help Solutions Centre, a full time Internet Marketers and the vendor of the acclaimed website design book “65 Instant Web Design Answers”. He has just published a new book entitled “The Opportunity Book: How To Create Opportunity Out Of Thin Air. A self help book to guide you into greatness.
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