Gail BreeseGail Breese on Creating a Writer's Website

Gail Breese has always found images fascinating, from fine art to cartoons, and spent much of her life creating her own. 

In 1989 after studying for four years, Gail earned qualifications in Graphic Design and Illustration and had a ball working freelance creating logos, posters, corporate identities, packaging, illustrations, book covers, signs and brochures.

After many years of being absorbed in designing and illustrating, the growing new medium of the internet that piqued Gail's interest in website design. She researched HTML information, practiced her newfound knowledge and in 1996 created her first website for her son who was motor racing in the UK.

  • Creating Your Website Part 1
    Once you embark on creating your new website, you begin to realise that it's not quite as straightforward as you thought it might be. There are a few things you need to know before you start that will save you a lot of time later on. I will try to explain how to better begin your journey to save time later on.
  • Creating Your Website Part 2
    Now you have created your new website and corrected any little errors by checking with a validation program, you are almost ready to upload all the files to the World Wide Web. But first you need to organise (1) your domain name and website hosting providers, and (2) a way of publishing your site's files to the Web.
  • Choosing Website Colours Part 1
    Colour has been important to the human race for centuries. It's been used to differentiate tribes, cultures and status. The right or wrong choice of colour combinations can be the difference between a good or bad experience for your visitors...
  • Choosing Website Colours Part 2
    Sometimes finding the right colour scheme for your site can be difficult. You could choose your favourite colour - but what goes with it? It is no accident that some colours go better together than others. If you are really stuck to work out a colour scheme, here are some suggestions...
  • Choosing Website Colours Part 3
    Creating websites that are attractive for visitors to view means using colour schemes that are harmonious and not jarring to the eye. But... are you sure that visitors are seeing the same colours as you? Colour schemes can involve a bit more work to make sure the effect you want your viewers to see is achieved. It's important to choose 'browser-safe' colours.
  • Websites - What Not to Do
    Why do people visit websites? Generally it's because they want information about a business, an artist, a writer etc., and perhaps how to make a purchase. The home page is the first place where the visitor finds at a glance what your site is about, who you are and how to navigate to the information they want.
  • It's Good to Be Sticky
    When your visitors enjoy spending time on your site because your information is interesting and it's fun to be there, you have a sticky website. If your site isn't sticky it may get lots of 'hits' initially, but your visitors won't stick around and will leave, maybe never to return.



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