Bad Web Design: Looong Pages

Written by Richard Lowe

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- Navigation on a very long page becomes difficult, if not impossible. One ofrepparttar major advantages to splitting up a long document into many smaller pages isrepparttar 134664 control you gain over navigation.

- Other web sites will find it difficult to link to specific content on your page. This isrepparttar 134665 web, and webmasters want to link to pages on a site which pertain to their own content. If you have one long page, you effectively discourage this kind of linking, which means you will get fewer links. No matter what you think about intrasite linking (linking to anything exceptrepparttar 134666 homepage),repparttar 134667 majority of webmasters will do so. Your best course of action is to make it easy for them to link to any page on your site (not, of course, directly to graphics, sounds or multimedia - that is bandwidth stealing).

You have to remember when you are creating a web site that's it's a web site. You are not creating a book which goes from front to back - you are creating a web of links from page to page.

The really good webmasters learn how to take supreme advantage of this fact and create web sites that are a dream to navigate. Pages flow from one torepparttar 134668 other, with links here and there where appropriate. A good webmaster would never (except under some special conditions) create a huge page of text or graphics - that's notrepparttar 134669 wayrepparttar 134670 web works.

So what do you do? Take advantage of hyperlinks and split a large document up into as many smaller documents as necessary. Link them together as appropriate. Using this simple technique, you can create documents that are interesting and in which visitors are interested (which is what is important, after all).

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Written by Richard Igoe

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To redirect a visitor from an optimized "doorway" page you simply putrepparttar following script in your section.

and replace index.htm withrepparttar 134663 page you want to redirectrepparttar 134664 visitor to. (script from RB Associates)

The other aspect here is that for search engines which only index your home page, you would need to submit each of your site content pages separately. If one of these content pages is indexed and found in a search,repparttar 134665 visitor will only seerepparttar 134666 contents page and will not seerepparttar 134667 rest of your site, something you definitely don't want to happen ! This brings us torepparttar 134668 next and mayberepparttar 134669 most important disadvantage of using frames.

3)Frames can make it difficult for you to direct people to a particular page on your site. This is especially so if you want to use email to send a visitor to a particular page that has details of an affiliate program for example. If you don't send them to your index.htm page they will not be able to seerepparttar 134670 rest of your site, onlyrepparttar 134671 contents ofrepparttar 134672 page you have directed them to.

4)Frames within frames can be confusing, so you have to pay special attention to your hyperlinks when you are designing your pages. For example if one ofrepparttar 134673 links in your main or contents frame redirects a visitor back torepparttar 134674 index.htm page,repparttar 134675 result will be a mess unlessrepparttar 134676 hyperlink specifiesrepparttar 134677 target frame as "top" (eg: ) to preventrepparttar 134678 index page opening insiderepparttar 134679 contents page.

Learning how to use frames is easy once you have masteredrepparttar 134680 concept that a hyperlink can lead to a page in its own frame (TARGET="_self")repparttar 134681 default option, or in another frame inrepparttar 134682 frameset eg:(TARGET="main").

Other sources that discussrepparttar 134683 advantages and disadvantages of frames: RB Assocaites/Web Development

All in all, whether you use frames or not is a personal decision, but you need to aware ofrepparttar 134684 advantages and disadvantages before you design your site.

Richard Igoe is the driving force behind TheWebsEye, a newly launched website which is a complete information source on what websites need to promote and market themselves. It is also building up a library of useful website design articles and a list of website developers. If you have something to contribute please visit the Library to submit your article for inclusion.

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