Advantages And Disadvantages Of Web Design

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According to Eccher (2015, p.7), there exist three web-design philosophies as it relates to the functionality of a website: usability, multimedia, and mortised. Usability refers to the ease to which a user is able to navigate a website, find information, process requests, and/or perform certain functions. Multimedia defines how effective websites uses animation, audio, video, and graphics to communicate its message to users (Eccher, 2015, p. 12). A mortised website combines the best of both worlds by presenting a website that is not only usable to its target audience, but has is aesthetically pleasing through the use of multimedia.
As state, there exist two types of website design layouts: fixed layout and fluid layout.
Advantages and disadvantages to using one type of layout over another exist. There also
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(Tranfici, 2013). Attention will now turn to the advantages of each layout type.
The advantages of a fixed width layout include allowing the designer to build web pages that will look identical no matter who is looking at them. Also, fixed width elements such as images appear proportional with text on smaller monitors since the width of the entire page will include those elements. Finally, scan length will not be impacted on large segments of text, no matter how wide the Web browser (Kyrnin, J, 2016)
The advantages of a fluid width layout are its ability to expand and contracts to fill the available space allowing the designer to display more content on larger monitors, but still retain the same viability on smaller displays. Finally, fluid layouts provide consistency in relative widths, allowing a page to respond more dynamically to customer-imposed restrictions like larger font sizes (Kyrnin, J, 2016). Next, the disadvantages of each layout, will be presented below.
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