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Should I use an image as a webpage background?

Graphic Backgrounds

Stay away from using images as backgrounds on your site; there is not much good that comes from it. They can hurt users' eyes, slow down the loading of your page, and make text difficult to read. Unless the graphic has been specifically created for implementation into a webpage, I recommend not using it as a background.

   
How do I remove the underline from links?

Remove underlines from all links

If you're looking to have the underlines removed from your links, this is a simple way to do it. If you want to remove it from only one link, see my tip in the tricks and shortcuts category. This tip will use style sheet tags to remove that pesky underline. If you're not real familiar with style sheets, don't be intimidated.

Simply place this code between the <HEAD> and </HEAD> tags:

<style>
<!--
a {text-decoration: none}
-->
</style>

   
How do I keep the background from moving when scrolling?

Stationary Background

If you have a particular background image that you'd like to use on your site, but don't like the way that it looks on long pages because it gets tiled by browsers, here's help.

Add the "bgproperties" attribute to the <BODY> tag in your page. Here's an example <BODY> tag:

<BODY background="image.gif" bgproperties="fixed">

This makes the background stationary and only the text will move when users scroll up and down your page.

   
How do I check browser compatibility?

Test Other Browsers

Since you're viewing this page, I know that you've got a web browser. But is the browser that you're using exactly the same as what your site's visitors will be using? Maybe, maybe not.

One of the first things you need to do, as a webpage developer, is find as many different browsers as possible. I'm not implying that you need to use them yourself to surf the web, but when you test your pages you should test with a wide variety of browsers. Once you see what the output will be in different browsers you can tweak your HTML code to be compatible with as many as possible while still delivering the look and feel you intended.

   
How important is it to have a consistent looking website?

Consistency

Keep your pages' general layout and navigation consistent throughout the entire site. It makes it easier for surfers to become familiar with your site, increasing their tendency to return.

   
How do I check browser compatibility?

Test your pages

You've built a great webpage, you've checked it out with both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Is that enough before you go live to the world? Keep in mind that that's what your page looks like on your computer, and in your browser. If possible you should explore different platforms, screen resolutions, and color schemes. Making graphic and layout sacrifices to please the majority of your audience may be well worth your time.

   
What screen resolution should I build my webpage for?

Screen Resolution

The most popular setting for screen resolution is 800x600, although with the popularity increase of bigger monitors, 1024x768 is not far behind. When building webpages it's a very good idea to make sure that you don't make your pages wider than 800 pixels. We all know how annoying it is to have to scroll left and right to see an entire webpage, so why would we make our users do it?

   
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