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Web Site Creation for Beginners: Makesure your suite is visitable - for everyone

Make sure your site always is available and working. This is called uptime. Also, make sure anyone can visit and use your site - no matter what browser, hardware or configuration they have.


  1. Do not use or other strange chars in domain names
  2. How to loose traffic and profit by labeling your site Flash-Only
  3. Make sure all the elements who make up your page exist


1. Do not use or other strange chars in domain names

It is now allowed to use local language chars like in domain names.

Do NOT be tempted to use special local characters in your domain names! This currently works for a very limited number of browsers, proxies and web servers.

If you insist on having a lame domain name with unstandard chars, please provide an alternative available for all users. Having a domain tyttebr will lock out your visitors the same way you would by making a webpage that's "Best/Only viewed with browser foo version bar".

Programs that do not support in domains:

Programs that do support in domains:

2. How to loose traffic and profit by labeling your site Flash-Only

Not all your visitors will have the flash plugin installed, and those who do may be using a flash blocker (Flash blockers replace flash animations with a play button.

Use "Flash" only for parts of the site that are unimportant and do not strictly need to be viewed to all visitors. Provide a full-worthy (x)html alternative if you insist on doing your site in Flash. The same goes for Java, ActiveX or any other commonly unsupported standard for that matter. Even simple things like CSS stylesheets are not supported by browsers like lynx (manual page).

3. Make sure all the elements who make up your page exist

A web page is often made up of many different elements like pictures, flash video, javascript and other things who can be used to spice up your site. If such elements are referred to on your page but missing on your server then your visitors will get a page with empty frames where the missing content should be. If pictures and scripts are vital for navigation then missing elements may in a worst case scenario prevent your visitors from getting passed your front page.

Missing, elements can, specially when combined with very poor design, result in a total crisis like this:


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