So I've been running into a lot of fan sites lately, looking for raw images and the like. Here are some common issues I've noticed. 1. Unless you have the mad skillz of a professional web designer or are willing to test your site on every computer platform and browser known to humanity, don't use imbedded frames. Please. I can't tell you how many times I run across sites with frames and the scroll bars don't work for me. I kind of expect that when I'm using my old Mac at work (OS 9.2, IE 5.5), but there's no excuse for sites that don't work on Windows XP! Here are the main browsers you should test in: Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Mac: IE, Mozilla, Safari This is important even when you're not using frames. I've run across sites on my Mac that show up as a blank page, yet I go over to a Windows 2000 machine and there they are. I know not everyone has access to a Mac, but if you do, please check. It's hard to believe when you're out in suburbia (I'm pretty sure the old G3 in my closet is the only Mac within a 20 mile radius), but people do use them! If you want to be really through, get Netscape & Opera, but the percentages are pretty small on those. DO try to check in least IE on both platforms (Mac & PC) if you can. 2. Keep your text area proportional to how much text you have. If you regularly write huge essays, it's probably not a good idea to have your text area set at 200 px wide. 3. Not everyone is using the same screen resolution you are. Although 1024x768 and higher are fairly common, a lot of people are still surfing via 800x600. And even with the larger monitors, not everyone uses the full width or height of their screen. Keep that in mind when you're designing, and make sure your site is still usable at 800x600. In my next post, I'll address something a bit more designish - fonts and color choices. In the meantime, what's your advice? What kind of design issues have bugged you while you're websurfing?