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When you’re designing websites for a global audience, you need to be aware of cultural differences that will affect the way they are viewed in different parts of the world. You cannot expect the exact same website to be well-received around the globe. You need to adapt your websites to allow for cultural differences and make sure they are equally effective in whichever region you are targeting.

Take your web content global

Content is the most important part of any website. The old saying ‘content is king’ still rings true. There are three main factors you need to consider with regards to your content:

It must be relevant and useful to your target audience. By ensuring that your content is well-written and relevant, you will not only be maintaining quality, but you will also ensure that it can be more effectively translated into other languages.

You need to make sure it is as universally understandable as possible. With 79% of web users not speaking English as their native language, at some point you are going to have to get your content translated if you want your websites to be truly accessible across different cultures. The best way of achieving this is to use a professional translator, but if your budget is tight, you may also consider an online machine translation tool, like Google Translate.

It should be appropriate across many cultures. This applies especially to visual content – you should be aware that some images may be perfectly acceptable in western cultures, but could be offensive in other parts of the world. For example, pictures of scantily-clad models may cause offence in some countries. Even a simple image of someone relaxing with their feet up, which is perfectly OK in most parts of the world, may cause offence in Thailand, where it is unacceptable to show the soles of the feet.

Keywords in a Foreign Language

Even if you decide to use an online translation service to translate the bulk of your website’s content, you should not rely on this method of translation for your keywords. Nor should you use direct dictionary translations. Your keywords are too important to entrust them to these methods of translation – they are just not accurate enough.

To ensure your search engine optimisation (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns are successful in other languages, you need to work with a professional translator to develop a good list of foreign-language keywords. This will save you a great deal of time and money in the long run, because you can be sure that you are targeting the keywords that people are using to search for your product in any market – there’s no point in building a great website if no one can find it.

CSS spans language barriers

Make sure to use CSS as your design tool when building your website, because by doing so, you are keeping the content separate from the design. This makes it far easier to develop versions of your website in different languages – it’s a simple matter of substituting the different translated text into your pre-existing CSS templates. You should also use Unicode UTF-8 character encoding because it is compatible with the widest range of language scripts.

Planning the layout for a global design

You can improve the cross-cultural accessibility of your website by carefully considering its design and layout. One of the main issues here is the fact that not all languages are read from left-to-right. This can impact on the usability of side navigation and sidebar content. For example, a left-hand navigation structure may not be very convenient for someone who reads from right-to-left.

The same principle applies to the theory that the eye is naturally drawn to the top-left area of a web page. For an Arabic reader, it may be the top-right. You can avoid usability issues with your navigation structure by employing a horizontal top navigation, which will be more universally usable.

Choosing colours for a cross-cultural audience

Colour is a very important part of web design, as it can affect the way your websites are perceived by different cultures. Most designers are aware of colour theory, which tells us that different colours can have different psychological effects on the people viewing them, and that the psychological impact of colour is strongly influenced by cultural factors. Put simply, colours mean different things to different people depending on their cultural viewpoint.

For example, in Islamic countries green usually has an important religious significance, whereas in Western cultures it may be more suggestive of environmental issues. In Korea, a name written in red indicates that the person is dead. You should examine your use of colour carefully to ensure you don’t make any cultural faux pas.

Put simply, cross-cultural web design is about being aware of the possible pitfalls highlighted here, and ensuring your websites are accessible to as many cultures as possible, a sensible move to take considering the increased internationalisation of the internet.

Usage of internet all over the world is on constant rise and newer technologies have come up to make it faster and better. Earlier dial-up connection was used by most of the internet users but now broadband is replacing it. Yet major portion of net users are hooked to dial-up connection for web connection.

Websites would load properly with this connection containing text part, but problem arises in image loading. They slow down the loading time, making the users irritated and restless. Thus balance has to be maintained between the image loading time and right amount of images necessary to attract users.

After making selection of the images you want to upload on your website, then go about optimizing them for decreasing the loading time. During the process of image optimization, all unnecessary information is removed from the file to reduce its size. If it is done in proper format than the appearance of the image would remain same.

Many times the images that you get from stock photo sites or digital cameras are too big in size. Their size can extend upto 2000 pixels high and 3200 pixels wide, which is very big for any web page. Whereas for a site an image should be wide between 200-400 pixels. Maintaining this size would place the picture in proper format on the web page and also leave enough space for menus and content.

The large images can be cropped and made smaller by using Photoshop tool or any other image editor. Thus when the pixel size is reduced, the quality remains the same and size also decreases. There is one more method of decreasing image size, by saving the picture in a particular format when doing website designing.

After that re-save them as JPEG images, this format eliminates the unnecessary information without affecting the visual quality of it. The format in which you save the picture affects the manner its being perceived, as a logo or a image. The reason behind is pictures that are saved in JPEG format have better color quality. A logo that has more number of flat areas of color should be saved in GIF for image optimization.

We all know that images are an integral part of every website, all text site is never liked by the users. Thus in order to attract the users they are to be used, here you can save on the loading time by carrying out image optimization.

SEO is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via “natural” (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results. Typically, the earlier a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines.

As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. Optimizing a website primarily involves editing its content and HTML coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines.

SEO techniques can be classified into two broad categories: techniques that search engines recommend as part of good design, and those techniques of which search engines do not approve. The search engines attempt to minimize the effect of the latter, among them spamdexing. Some industry commentators have classified these methods, and the practitioners who employ them, as either white hat SEO, or black hat SEO. White hats tend to produce results that last a long time, whereas black hats anticipate that their sites may eventually be banned either temporarily or permanently once the search engines discover what they are doing.

What is on page optimization?

On page optimization (on page SEO) are the techniques that you use, when designing your web pages to help make them Search Engine Friendly. A Search engines job is deliver their users with the most relevant site pages for any particular query. Maybe your website has a lot of material and is relevant to searches for your product, but it may not have been designed or written in a way that is search engine friendly. The correction of design mistakes and the re-writing of the websites text and meta tags is what is known as on-page search engine optimization.

The most important areas in on page optimizations can be listed as follows-

(1) Keyword Research

(2) Include your keyword in your Domain Name

(3) Use Title Tags and make sure they are different for all of your web pages

(4) Content optimization, keywords should be used at a density of around 6-8%

(5) Header Tags, ensure your top keywords sit within the h1, h2 and h3 tags

(6) Image Optimization use your image tags and include a keyword or phrase

What is off page optimization?

Off page optimization (off-page SEO) are techniques for search engine optimization that are carried out off the pages of a website to help maximize its performance in search engines for target keywords related to the page content. Off page optimisation is just as important as on page optimization. Examples of off-page optimization include linking, and placing keywords within link anchor text. Methods of obtaining links can also be considered off-page optimization. The most important off page SEO techniques can be summerised as follows-

(1) Press releases.

(2) Link exchanges.

(3) Article distribution.

(4) Social networking via sites like Facebook, Digg and Twitter.

(5) Link campaigns, such as asking complementary businesses to provide links.

(6) Web directory listings.

(7) Blogging, run a separate site or on the same URL.

(8) Forum posting, reponding to queries.

What are SEO Web tools?

SEO web tools are software programs (either web based on available for download) that will allow you to monitor your owns sites performance and optimisation percentages against that of another. Many SEO web tools are free and some require payment. It depends on the level site as to which tools you need opt in for.

A list of the most popular SEO web tools follows-

Zippy
Zippy is a relatively new meta based search engine that queries other major engines and returns results in a format most suited for Webmasters and SEOs.

Widexl
A fantastic tool that provides you with the following information-
External web link statitistics
Search Engine Saturation, detailing how many pages do you have indexed
Meta Tag Analyzer, allowing you to check your Meta Tags validity
Geo Tracker, locate countries using IP address or domain name
Password Gen, for Basic and Digest authentication

NUAH
A well put together website that send out spiders to crawl your and then it provides you with various stats showing how many pages you have, their respective PageRanks, keywords and descriptions. You can also build sitemaps for Yahoo! and Google.

Firefox SEO extension
A SEO free tool that bolts onto your firefox web browser and provides you with a whole host of tools that will provide information on web serches and web sites, a must have.

URL Trends
UrlTrends is a service that helps you track your marketing, perform competitive intelligence and get the data you need to make better domain purchases

We Build Web Pages
This SEO tool allows you to compare your site against the top 10 listed sites in Google for a particular keyword or phrase.

iWebTool
WebTool is loaded with useful SEO tools including Google Banned Checker, Link Popularity, Keyword Suggestion, Search Engine Position, etc.