There is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to making a website intended for business purposes. However, if you want to make money with it, then you had better take some care about the design. If you want to design your own website, then you can do that well if you keep the following tips in mind.
The Right Graphics: It is important to be consistent with your graphics so make sure that they are sized and defined properly. This raises your optimization levels to increase performance so that you can stand out from the crowd. The fact of the matter is that if your webpage has the right graphics (make sure they're consistent) it will load a lot faster. Well defined graphics enhance the look and the performance of the website, which makes it work seamlessly across all browsers. Properly sized images lower the workload on your web browser and make loading time better.
Each of your webpages should consist of a header where you have the link that goes to your site's homepage.
Avoid using an image graphic and assuming people will hover over it to discover it is a link. Plus you do need to ensure that all of your pages have the homepage link on it. If you lack consistency with link placement, people probably will get the feeling the site is unprofessional. By now it is possibly safe to assume many people will hover on a logo to check for a link.
You can see all kinds of examples of just about everything where people designed a site and then remembered they wanted to put content on it. A site that makes heavy use of Flash animation always makes us think the designer, or the webmaster, is just trying to impress people. If you want to use Flash, then you have to think about the purpose of the site and who your audience is.
Then there is the issue of heavy files and page loading times that can be adversely affected by Flash. One easy solution is simply providing a link to a different page that does not contain Flash if you have a lot of content to display. But also keep in mind that not everybody has a fast and powerful computer.
Of course we have only talked about a few important topics concerning website design, and there is much more out there. There really are no here secrets with site design, so the information is readily available to you.