Bad Web Design: Navigation Errors

Written by Richard Lowe

Confusing navigation is another way to keep your visitors from coming back or even staying very long on their first visit. You must provide a way for your visitors to find out what you've got - it's of no use if no one sees it.

Link Every Page To The Home Page - One huge mistake that many webmasters make is to forget to link every page back to their home page. It's important to remember that search engines typically spider your entire site. This means that visitors can land literally anywhere in your site. If you are smart you will accept this fact and place a link back torepparttar home page.

Java or ActiveX Menus - I know those Java or ActiveX menus look great, but a large minority of your visitors will not allow these to operate due to security concerns. In my company I am in charge or security, and one ofrepparttar 134668 things that we do is turn offrepparttar 134669 downloading of ActiveX controls fromrepparttar 134670 internet. Period. We are also very cautious about allowing unknown Java applets into our organization.

The point is stick to a simple, clean navigation interface. Personally, I would avoid Java and most especially ActiveX in anything intended forrepparttar 134671 internet.

Confusing Menus - You want to make it difficult for your site to succeed? Then make your navigational system difficult to understand and use. Bury your hyperlinks in a complex image map that's not obvious torepparttar 134672 user. That's a great way to stop people from looking around your site. Some other things you can to do prevent users from enjoying your site:

- Scatter your links all overrepparttar 134673 page haphazardly - Put your menus only atrepparttar 134674 bottom of every page - Makerepparttar 134675 hyperlinksrepparttar 134676 same color asrepparttar 134677 rest ofrepparttar 134678 test - Makerepparttar 134679 text very, very small or in a strange font - Makerepparttar 134680 menu actually move aroundrepparttar 134681 screen (I've run into a couple of sites with strange floating menus) - Putrepparttar 134682 menus on a popup window or console of some kind

In Praise of Raw Code

Written by Stefene Russell

The first program I ever used for web layout was Adobe PageMaker, and it was hellish. I was trying to learn how to use PhotoShop atrepparttar same time, and it seemed like neither of them would do what they were supposed to do-I'd scan something, and it would show up seven or eight times larger than I'd expected; or I'd accidentally turn something green or black, or cut off a huge chunk of my picture, or all of my text would be smashed up againstrepparttar 134667 top ofrepparttar 134668 page. I don't remember being that frustrated since learning how to talk forrepparttar 134669 first time.

Six or seven months later,repparttar 134670 internet company I worked for sent all ofrepparttar 134671 editors to a introductory HTML class at Salt Lake Community College. Like a lot of people, I was intimidated by HTML, which is why I started out with a WYSIWYG editor. Coding is definitely more time-consuming, but it's easier (because it's logical) and is much more precise. I remember wishing that I'd learned how to code before I'd started blindly messing around with PageMaker, not only because PageMaker had nearly given me a stress ulcer, but I'd wasted so much time feeling around inrepparttar 134672 dark and feeling like an idiot. I had no idea this whole thing was really so easy.

Not that I'm patient enough to code from scratch; no way. I use Dreamweaver. The problem with Dreamweaver, of course (and lots of

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