Hints & Tips

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The first thing one should always keep in mind when doing web site design is to always plan the site out well.  Imagine what the site will look like and what images you what on it.  Sometimes drawing a map of a starting page helps if you're unsure of what to place where on the page itself.

Web site design is not so much what to do, as it is why sometimes.  So be sure to have a purpose in mind as well.  Having a purpose (reason) for creating a web site is one of the most important elements of building the site.  Without a purpose...there is no web site.

In the Internet Community, we web site builders like to see good clear web site that would be safe for even a child to view.  As a web site evaluator for three different award programs, it is important to me to be sure that each web site I build, whether personally or professionally, is safe for any member of the family to view.  With this in mind, you should try to design your site with images that aren't something you wouldn't have a 2 year old child view.

Another thing with family safe viewing is the way your site is design to navigate.  It should be as easy and simple as 1-2-3 for anyone who visits your web site.  Plan out your navigation and decide whether images or text links are best for what you feel is needed on your web site.  If your navigation is all wrong, people will get bored quickly and leave.  This is something that you don't what happening.

When designing any web site, it is important to keep it organized and as neat as possible as well.  If your images are placed all over the pages, this is not an organized site.  By organizing your images you're actually making your web site neat.  Neatness is important because it gives the viewers a sense of knowing what to expect to see throughout your web site.  This site is a good example of a well organized web site.  For other examples, see my links page.

Parts of it might, if there is a need to control some action within the body of the page can be done with scripting, but scripting can reside in the head, after the head, within the body and also after the body.

Scripts are little programs that add interactivity to your page.  You can write simple scripts to add an alert box or a bit of text to your page, or more complicated scripts that load particular pages according to your visitor's browser or change a frame's background color depending on where they point the muse.  Because scripts are perfect for moving elements around on a page, they are the backbone of dynamic html, also known as dhtml.

Most scripts are written in JavaScript, which was developed by Netscape Communications (the same folks who created Netscape Navigator and Netscape Communicator).  That's because JavaScript is the scripting language that is supported by most browsers, including Communicator and Explorer.  VBScript, developed by Microsoft, currently works only with Explorer for Windows.

Of course, there are entire books written about JavaScript and VBScript---and some very fine ones.  It's just a matter of finding the one that best fits your needs.

Keep in mind that you only get out of a web site what you put into it.  This is true with anything you do in life, and web site design is no different.

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