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#1 webguide


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Posted 03 February 2005 - 08:59 PM

Ever been to a website that is barely readable because of the bad color design? Well here's some tips to make sure that you don't fall into the same trap.

* Black text on a white background, while not exciting, is the most practical color combination.

* Try and not use more then four colors on your website, too many can be disorientating for the user.

* Find out what each color represents to the users mind. For example green represents wealth while red represents daring.

* Don't use yellow for web page backgrounds.

* Take a look at Visibone or get any number of color charts that are avialble on the internet if you cannot create a suitable combination yourself.

* I've found the best color combinations to be monocrome. Which means multiple shades of the same color. NOTE: make sure there is contrast between the colors, or else the text will be diffecult to read.

Hope thats helpful

#2 harriko


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Posted 03 February 2005 - 09:21 PM

yeh this is really usefull. i have used monochrome on my most recently wesite. it came out really good. its all shades of blue. the site is www.harryly.cjb.com. i have to move it to a this astahost which is way better than the free one i got now. recently got the package so i be moving soon!

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 03:48 PM

Another nice background would be an image showing a gradient. You can make it small enough (say 800x5 pixels) and fill it from light-blue to white.
Then just use it as background image.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:18 PM

So for colorscheme, would this be acceptable ;)

Lindy Farms of CT

I'm working on the framwork for this site and it will be using, css, php and mySQL when done. Right now I'm just working on the color schemes and layout of the site. 3 column, with header footer and no frames unless used for data that belongs in frames. :P

Right now I'm testing the footer, It's supposed to stay glued to the bottom of the screen in the page is short like now. I'm having some trouble with the code ;) when the footer is glued to the bottom, the center context have a small hole in the bottom left hand side. As soon as I figure out what I forgot it should work...

The menu on the left side will be content driven using mySQL to populate thae data. Now it's just there as a place holder :P to see what it would look like.

I have a yellow line in the left column, right under the text... I have to figure out where that comes from (It must be in my css file)

Any opinion on this color scheme?


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Posted 08 February 2005 - 06:25 AM

one way to expose yourself to suitable colour combinations that established companies and people use on the internet is to surf around and keep an eye out for popular sites. you can be sure one of the reasons why they're popular is because of the colour combination they use - pleasant and comfortable to the eye and not at all jarring or blinding.

take note of the colour combinations they use and you'll soon be familiar with colours that can be put together to enhance your site and colours that will turn people away from your site.

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:35 PM

;) on my site i use a purple/ black color combination.There are different shades of purple in the banner image, and the background is black, with a sort of a smoky purple iframe. The font color is black.

It's not really an interesting layout, though ,so i'm thinking of making a different layout, maybe one with more graphics..

#7 webguide


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Posted 12 February 2005 - 10:40 PM

If anyone needs more information try using colorimpact or similar programs.

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 03:34 PM

I use a variety of colors for my different sites, but a black background paired with a bright color for text helps make my pages really stand out

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 03:39 PM

And don't forget that any colours you use should be from the 216 web-safe colour palette, otherwise some colours would look different on different systems and browsers. I use the one in Photoshop, but there are websites like webmonkey.com that show the web-safe palette.

Also, when you have a page that has white backgrounds, and coloured backgrounds (maybe the menu), make sure that the active link, unvisited link and visited link colours don't blend into either of the backgrounds. CSS gets around this easily, but always a good thing to keep in mind.

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 03:23 PM

Not only that, but when making your website with coordinated colors, your best bet is to go with complementary colors. They look good together and create a stunning contrast. The best way to find complementary colors is look at a color wheel. The color directly across from it is its complementary color! :(

Basic Complementary Colors:

Edited by mpinsky, 15 June 2006 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 12:48 AM

This might be cheating, but I found this great website that helps you pick your web palette. All you have to do is pick out your favorite colour and it will pick the whole palette for you a total of five colours. You guys should really try it out. With the palette it has the html code for each colour listed.


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Posted 14 August 2006 - 07:25 AM

One amazing tool I've found lately (and just posted in this same forum in another thread, I just hope people don't think I'm advertising it...) lies HERE (English, v2.0). It has many options, like how many color groups, easy-to-use interface, preview of how do the color scheme would look to people with limited color vision, among other things. Up to now it's the best in my personal opinion. Try it out people, and you wont regret =)

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 10:15 AM

Although I really like to avoid using plain old white for the most part, I do agree that black text on a white background just can't be beaten.

Using different shades of the same colour for your site is also a really good idea, it's what I do for the most part.

I usually prefer, for example, a darker blue colour for a main tables border and heading, but shade it down slightly for inner content. It makes things look much better.

Softer colours seem to go really well, like with this forum.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 08:21 PM

Although I think black and white websites a little boring, I think that too many colors can loose focus. The worst case is that the colors causes loose in readability. There are some website out there that the background color and text color has too little contrast and extremely hard to read. The best color scheme is simple and pleasing and also focuses the viewer on the main focal point. But I would take black and white any day over website that are hard to read or a rainbow of colors.

The color scheme also gives the reader some clue to the type of website it is. Normally office business sites are fairly boring and simple. Personal homepages are the opposite.

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Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:30 AM

I agree that monochrome is probably the best. I don't think just using complementary colors will cut it. I don't want to stay at a website that long if it looks like a christmas tree, haha. So, green and red have always seemed difficult for me to use for website colors.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:35 PM

in order to find color codes to use in my site i use this web-site may be you want to try it ?

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 04:13 PM

I implemented "color from header image" on my websites. You can see the example at http://www.iyoh.uni.cc.

I put some header images and randomize it, so text, ads and sidebar color will follow the base color of header image.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 05:57 PM

Ever been to a website that is barely readable because of the bad color design?

Nope. Site-specific user CSS ftw! :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 04:07 PM

Credibility of your articleCreating A Color Combination

While the content of your article may be accurate, your lack of proofreading diminishes your credibility.  There are several spelling and grammatical errors needing correction.  I'm not trying to be a snob, just suggesting your clean up the article to convince the reader that you know what you're doing.

(Ironically, the guidelines listed above for acceptance of comments include "decent grammar and English."

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