Flash animation can appeal beautiful as they are trendy and creative. Unfortunately, the search engines (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc) cannot see any part of it nor index them into their database. It is not because that flash takes too long time to take and the web spider doesn’t want to wait for them; it is because web crawlers cannot read any movement or action. Search engines are text based. They just index text matter into their database.
Web Page Optimization
If the web page takes longer time to load into browser, user will definitely leave. User will wait only for 7 to 10 seconds to observe a page loading or he will leave by pressing back button in the browser. So make sure that, you have balanced your website/blog with light-weight graphics and text.
Usability and Accessibility of Website
User do not read website or blog, they scan them to search information useful to them. Your visitor will look your website excitedly only if they found something interesting for what they’re searching for. As a web designer, your job is to place important contents in such a way that they will find easily, and employ a good way of convention with them. In short, site/blog should be user friendly. Make your website is easily accessible in desktop browsers, mobile browsers, voice browsers, PDA or any digital device/software which explore the Internet.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Search engine visibility is just a usual factor while determining a good web design. A talented web designer always integrates competitive or relevant keywords within text contents of web pages. Also, HTML Meta Tag is not detectable to human eyes but they help to stand your website in competition of keywords. Therefore makes an affirmative impact on both user and search engines. For more information about SEO, you should read SEO guide for web designers.
XHTML is a strict and cleaner version of HTML that recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). W3C is continuing to develop XHTML instead of simple HTML. And as the web designer or developer, it is very imperative that your web page code should be validated by W3C. This will fulfill standards of the industry.
CSS Markup Using Grid System
Many web designers use HTML tables heavily to display their web design in browser. However, tables concern many issues regarding flexibility, interoperability or accessibility. So, grid system is becoming the standards in the web design community. Grid system overcomes many of issues that table based CSS markup faces. Hence, as a web designer, you are highly recommended to use table-less CSS markup while designing for the web.
Each of browsers decodes the HTML, XHTML or CSS in web page coding in somewhat a dissimilar way. Sometime web design get dramatically affected and sometimes not. There are many cross-browser testing tools are available on the web. So make sure that your web design is compatible with Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Chrome, Opera and Safari or at least two major browsers: IE and Firefox.