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The principles of web layouts

When you make a Web design, one of the more overlooked aspects of the development is the layout. Now, a lot of people think about how to do a layout (CSS, tables, frames, etc.), but the basics of Web layout are commonly completely forgotten.

The use of space
Use all the space you have, but don't be specific in your use. In other words, use scaleable layout parts on your Web site, so that they can be resized to fit the browser size.
Keep screen resolution in mind. As the majority of computer users have switched from 640x480 sized monitors, remember it when you're developing a layout. Having clients leave because all they can see is a logo on their monitor is not good customer service.
Apply color to define spaces. If you want to have a page that's a specific dimensions, why not center it on the browser screen and make the background color of the page a different color. This will help your page seam to scale for various browsers; bigger widows will just show more background color, and smaller browsers will contain less or none showing.

What to do about graphics
Organize your images. One of the most typical layout mistake ever is to slap images into a page willy-nilly without thought to layout. If you just use an img tag and then write text to follow it, you'll get the image and then one line of text to the right of it. Applying the alignment will help make your images part of the layout.
Balance the images and text on a page. It's easy to get carried away with lots of images and animations, but they can turn you page into a very hard to read one. When you're considering your layout, remember that graphics are a major part of the design, not just scrap elements.

Text Width
Put in some thought about text width. This is often named the "scan length", and refers to how many words are placed on one line. Most users can easily read around 7 to 11 words in one line. Longer lines make your text hard to read, shorter than that and it's disjointed and distracting. When creating your layouts be certain that the major text area displays the text in a readable width.
Centering text is not recommended. One of the easiest layout tricks that a new designer gets familiar with is the center tag, and they center all the content on their pages. However, centering is very hard to do good and it's often unreadable.

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