There follows a list of hints and tips when editing website pages and presenting information on a web page. These are intended only as guidelines, but are highly recommended... hint, hint!
- First and foremost. Not all browsers will display the website information in the same size, font or colours!
- There are many web browsers, computer systems and settings a user can have when browsing the web. So do not try and create too complex a page as it can result in confusion for some users.
- Where possible try NOT to use MS Word as your editor. Many of the style and editing features in MS Word (or other text editors) are not fully compatible with website content.
- If possible use the built in site editor and styles to create your content. It is specifically designed for the job and is more likely to keep your page design under control!
- Do not use underline to 'title' text.
- Many users expect underlined text to be a link to another page. Use the built-in Heading formats.
- Do not bold all text on a page.
- The system is set up to provide minimum requirement to format just specific items. Bold should be used for specific words and the occasion sentence to provide emphasis.
- Do not use the Heading formats as a 'blanket' text formatting tool. These heading formats should only be used for headings and sub-headings as this may reduce Google ranking if miss-used.
- Do not present all your text in UPPERCASE. It can be more difficult to read, and is bad etiquette for on-line content as it is considered 'shouting'.
- Do not add a title to the page content. This prevents a double title on the displayed page.
- For most pages the title is included in the site design. As such entering the page title into the 'title' field for the document settings will provide the title.
- Do not use spaces to line up columns in a web page. This does not really work due to the fluid nature of web content.
- To get column based information lined up neatly use a table.
- Where possible use proportion widths for tables. I.e. set table widths to percentage values (%) and not fixed pixel widths (px).
- Do not use spaces to 'push' text onto a new line.
- Different browsers may display text at different sizes, thus changing the point in a sentence that text wraps to the next line. Use paragraphs to break up text blocks. There is also a line break that will force a new line without introducing a new paragraph.
- Make use of the 'unordered list' editor button to present bullet lists (such as this one).
Finally if you find yourself restyling the text every time then please contact me and we can look at changing the default text style to fit your requirements and reduce your need to format, saving you time!