The process of designing a website for yourself for the first time can be a bit intimidating, but with the large number of resources and web builder tools that are out there these days, you can have a great website built in no time and with less effort than you would think.

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It can be extremely difficult to figure out how to find what you want with a search engine. While some people seem to be able to type in just a few words and find exactly what they want, you may find yourself struggling and searching through pages of unrelated searches.

They may have just mastered the art of using a search engine. If you follow a few of these helpful tips, you’ll be able to search expertly as well.

1. Use exact phrases

If you’re looking for information about the movie “The Last House on the Left,” just typing in all the words as is will get you results with “last,” “house,” and “left” all in the page but not necessarily all together.

To tell the search engine you want to see results that have those words in that order only, put quotes around them: “The Last House on the Left.” This can drastically narrow down your search.

2. Make keywords specific

Searching for troubleshooting help with your mp3 player? Instead of typing, “broken mp3 player,” be as specific as you can. “Broken first generation iPod Classic” narrows down your search, weeding out all the people looking for help with their Microsoft Zunes and Classic Lab Zens.

“First generation iPod Classic won’t charge” narrows it even further. The more specific information you can add, the easier it is to find what you want.

3. Weed out words

Let’s say you’re searching for information about fireflies, but every time you search for “fireflies,” you get a lot of results about the song “Fireflies” by Owl City.

You want to search for information about the animal without seeing all the results for the song. How do you that? Simply tell the search which words to leave out.

You do this with a minus sign: “fireflies – owl.” If Owl City is mentioned on the page, you won’t see it. It’s a great way to find exactly what you’re searching for.

4. Look at the previews

When a search engine shows you your results page, you don’t have to open up each page to find out if it’s what you need. Below the page title, it will have a short paragraph that shows you where your keywords fit in.

Skimming the previews will give you a good idea of whether this page will answer your question or not.

5. Use strong keywords

Leave off the words that don’t directly connect to your search and only search for the strongest keywords. For example, if you’re trying to find out how to make a healthy fruit smoothie, you could try to search “how can I make a good healthy fruit smoothie that has bananas and raspberries in it.”

That is a very long query, and is probably going to show you a lot of results that aren’t quite right. Narrow it down to the essential keywords. You don’t need full sentences.

Type, “healthy smoothie banana raspberry recipe.” The search engine knows the most important parts of your search, and you’ll get much better results.

It may take a little practice with these tips to get the hang of it, but soon you’ll be searching like a pro. Once that happens, you can pass these tips along to somebody else who asks you how you find things online so quickly.

And if they want to know where they can get the reliable Internet connection they’ll need, tell them to check out the options for satellite internet in your area.

 

Although the content that is posted on your website is important, you should also pay attention to your layout. If your layout looks good, it will put off a good first impression and encourage your viewers to poke around your site. If it is unappealing, unprofessional or simply difficult to use or understand, however, you could turn viewers away, even if your content is stellar. Therefore, it is essential for you to take the time to design the best possible layout for your website.

There are a few different things that you need to think about when designing a good Read the rest of this entry »

 

If you have a good working knowledge of HTML, you are probably pretty happy with all of the results that you have seen by utilizing HTML while building and maintaining your website. Although you can certainly build a wonderful website while using HTML alone, however, you should also consider learning a little bit about CSS. Once you see how easy it is to use CSS and just how much this code can do for your websites, you are sure to want to incorporate it into all Read the rest of this entry »

 

If you are interested in creating and maintaining your own website or blog, it is important for you to at least know the basics of HTML code. Although there are a lot of great website designing software programs and blogging platforms that do the majority of the work for you, knowing a bit of basic HTML code can help you go a long way in your website designing ventures. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to begin learning the basics of HTML, and you should Read the rest of this entry »

 

Learning HTML code is a good thing if you are interested in building and maintaining websites, but you might wonder how you can go about learning this seemingly complex coding language. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out there for you if you want to learn more about HTML code. Whether you are looking to learn the basics or if you are a more advanced user who wants to learn complex coding, taking a class in HTML can be a great way to learn.

There are a lot of online-only programs that introduce the basics to HTML, and there Read the rest of this entry »

 

Creating websites might seem simple, especially if you have never done it before. There are countless programs out there that claim to help you create websites without ever learning a bit of code, and there are also a lot of user-friendly blogging platforms that are allowing even beginner computer users to create their own blogs. Although it isn’t necessarily a requirement for you to learn HTML in order to create a website, however, it is Read the rest of this entry »