If you consider all websites to be basically the same, try to compare Facebook to Yahoo or Google. You will realize almost immediately how much the design of their pages are well thought out, much more than you probably realized. Check out the ideas here to raise your awareness of the possibilities you can incorporate into your website design.
Be sure to use proper graphics when designing your website. Keep in mind that bitmap images are not usually the best type of images to use. Try PNGs instead. For non-photographic images, text buttons, and screen shots, use PNG or GIF. JPEG is a good choice for photographic images.
Stay away from using pop-up ads. It’s annoying to visit a website and get ambushed with a lot of pop-up ads. The vast majority of users will just exit a site with pop-ups. Stay away from these types of annoying ads, and your customers will be happier. If the host you uses forces these pop-ups on you, you may want to consider looking for a new host.
It is unlikely that you will be able to make a site like Facebook or Twitter. The skills and ingenuity required to build such sites can take years to master. Take heart, however, in the reality that most websites are not built by the powerful leaders in the Internet world, and that simpler programs can give you adequate and complete coverage for your own site. Use what you’ve learned here and get started today!