Tips for Creating A Health Web Site

Creating a website that works well is an important factor because it determines whether the website helps to grow your business or not. A website that breaks information in shorter sections, gives clear instructions, minimizes the use of jargons, and uses single mouse clicks can be effective. Ensure that enough space is allowed between clickable targets.


A good website should make use of font 12 and 14 that are easy to enlarging the texts. Use high contrast colors such as white and black. Ensure that it provides the speech function and the text versions for multimedia.

A website that makes use of appropriate typeface, writing style, navigation structure and accessibility features can easily be accessed and used by the older adults. In addition, it will look attractive to the younger users. An example would be this paleo website.

A good website should be user friendly -meaning that it should be organized in such a way that users can easily determine the information the site offers at a glance.  Users should be able to figure out the kind of information the link will lead them to. It should also direct the user where he can get the additional information he may be looking for and be able to return to the previously visited page with ease.

healthy webdesign

A health website is one whose structure is simple and straight forward.  If the site is simple and less complex, visitors will enjoy using it and will visit it again. If the information is broken down into smaller sections, it gives the visitors a specific amount of content at a time.  This makes it easier for them to grasp the information.

Ensure that related information is grouped together and the most important information located where visitors can easily find it.  This means that the website should have all the sections organized in a logical manner.  Think about how the adults will find the relevant information they may be looking for.  Provide a site map that shows the links to the site. If possible limit the number of points you make on a single page.

If there is any information you consider key, it should be put on the first page. This ensures that the visitors see and form an opinion on what the website provides. Other than having the most important information at the top, it is necessary that you keep paragraphs short. They should talk about one idea.

Ensure that your content is written in an active voice i.e. it should focus on people and actions. Also you should remember to have the content written in a positive and a friendly manner.  The content should have a detailed explanation and should not leave people guessing.

The web content should be written in the second person.  Make use of ‘’you ‘’, ‘’your’’ and ‘’we’’ Besides, you must remember that people who search for information on the website are very busy. They may not have all the time to go through the entire content.  Because of this, it is important that you provide a summary of the information to reinforce what is contained in the body.

If any of the information has to be repeated, ensure that it consistent.  If there is any contradiction, explain the reason for it.

Lastly, a good and a health website should have sufficient white space on the web page to ensure that it looks good. Put a space between the paragraphs.  Similarly, if there are clickable targets, ensure that you allow enough space between them to make it easy to hit the link. Make use of the commonly used fonts such as Ariel, Tahoma and Verdana.

Getting Started with PHP part 4

** Please check the documentation on the php website if you are having problems with installation. Or email me and i’ll be glad to help out.

To open up IIS and see what I’ve been banging on about you will need to go to Control Panel – Administrative Tools – Internet Information Services(IIS).

** I recommend making a short cut to this on your desktop.
OK when you first open IIS it should look something like this(Once you have expanded all the branches to the Default Website Level)

Internet Information Services - Default View

The to create a virtual directory, Right Click on the Default Web Site and go to ‘new’ – ‘Virtual Directory’.

Internet Information Services - Virtual Directory

Once to this stage we’ll move on to a new page.

Getting Started with PHP part 3

Now we’re ready to start putting some of this stuff to use!

OK now we have installed IIS (the server) and the PHP script engine to help IIS to run our PHP files. We need somewhere to put them. This is where IIS comes in. We need to create a virtual directory, if like me your inital thought was whats all that mean then? I’ll try and explain

Right well the easiest way to tell you about these is by example. Us Brits see virtual directories everytime we watch the BBC. They are always advertising their website e.g. bbc.co.uk/nature or bbc.co.uk/sport. Now the bit on the end is the virtual directory, the /sport or /nature the bbc.co.uk is the domain name of the BBC. When we type in bbc.co.uk/sport the browser will check with IIS and IIS will do 1 of 3 things:

redirect you to another URL (website)
redirect you to another directory somewhere on a network
redirect you to a directory on your local computer
So, what does this mean…?
It means that when you type in bbc.co.uk/sport IIS looks at where that location points to (out of the above list) and takes the appropriate action, so if you have a directory or folder full of HTML files and you point IIS to look at that folder, when someone enters the name of your virtual directory IIS will go to that directory on your computer and pull out the file named either “index.htm” or “default.htm” or which ever file you specify.

So an example to make this a little clearer, you have a folder c:\yourvirtaldirectory and a virtual directory called /yourvirtualdirectory. in that local folder you have an index.htm page. When you type in http://localhost/yourvirtualdirectory (providing it has been set up correctly which we will do next), IIS should pull out your default document

e.g. http://yourcomputername/your-virtual-directoryname will point to c:\yourvirtualdirectory and vice versa.
This should become clearer once you’ve read getting started with PHP part 4.

Getting Started with PHP # 2

Ok, to get on with some PHP we need to download the engine, what is that…? well…the php engine is something that you install to your machine that allows IIS to process PHP pages. When initially installed IIS will only run certain types of pages, these include .htm, .html (these are both the same) and .asp(Active Server Pages).
Active Server Pages are a Microsoft technology so naturally Microsoft made IIS able to process .asp files. HTML is what is called an open standard and has been around for ages, and is an industry standard language(default if you like) for writing webpages so it would not be very practical if IIS web server did not run HTML pages(see w3c.org for more info)

So in order to make IIS run PHP pages you need what is called a plugin, or more precisley a script engine.

So how/where do you get the PHP script engine?
Simple, navigate (open a browser and go to…) to www.php.net and you can download it from there. I am not going to go into much detail about downloading the php engine as i am assuming you all know how to download files and use the web to a basic level. I will recommend one thing though. Download a Windows Binary (i am assuming you are using windows) and get an installer they are clearly labelled on the PHP site, also i recommend version 4.3 and above…at the time of writing they were the most stable versions.

After your files Downoads
Once the file has downloaded, find it on your hard drive and open it, it should(if you got the windows installer) take you through an installation wizard, all being well. Now its pretty straight forward, keep pressing next. You will get a couple of options about a mail server, leave those as they are, and then something about the IIS version. Now, to be on the safe side. set it to version 4.

If everything went well then you can move on…to getting started with PHP part 3!

Getting Started with PHP

So, Getting started with PHP huh? now you may have noticed that this site, was all made from .htm files. You are right in thinking that I made it entirley in HTML. The reason for this is simple, because I didn’t know any back then! Plus there are also some things we need to do before we start coding PHP.

The Following set of tutorials details how to set up your PC to start writing PHP scripts!

Right if you are the average windows user you will probably be supprised, like i was, to know that you can turn your PC into a web server for your own personal use, and if your on a network, others will be able to see your pages once you’ve made some.

So how do we do this?

Setting up Internet Information Services on Windows XP
OK, to start with, from your desktop, click the start button, settings, control panel.
In the control panel, select “Add/Remove Programs” and Click Windows Setup or add/remove windows Components

Add/Remove Components in the Control Panel - This is to make windows take a look at what<br /><br />
snap-ins are currently installed on your machine.
Add/Remove Components in the Control Panel – This is to make windows take a look at what snap-ins are currently installed on your machine.

A list of programs should appear, ones with ticks next to them are installed, ones without are missing.
Scroll down and put a tick next to Internet Information Services(IIS) and press next. Windows then does some jiggery pokery and installs IIS or the web server bit to me and you. Please note this is for XP pro users only and you will need your windows disk for this bit.

Boring Part 1 over – Lets get the things needed to do some PHP with!

You’ll need to check out Getting Started with PHP pt 2 for that!