The First Step

Written by Jesse Seymour

What isrepparttar First Step?

The first step in designing a website is most likelyrepparttar 134775 most crucial step in determiningrepparttar 134776 success of a website. Let's compare a website to building a house. Everyone knowsrepparttar 134777 first step in building a house. You have to plan everything out and have a strong foundation to build on.

A website is no different from a house. In fact, a website is your digital dream home, and only you can build it how you like. Most websites that fail onrepparttar 134778 World Wide Web because they lack a solid foundation on which to expand. In this article, I will show you how to create a solid foundation for your site and how to plan and organize your site.

Starting Out

A lot of people, when they set out to design a website, fire up their fancy WYSIWYG editor and start pushing keys left and right. They probably didn't stop to think about how their site would be organized, where their files would go, or even where they would host their site.

These sites are most oftenrepparttar 134779 sites that fail, because their webmasters get frustrated withrepparttar 134780 site andrepparttar 134781 deadends and mental blocks that they hit. All this can be avoided if a site is properly planned out. Almost every professional site has spent a significant amount of time planning out their site.

Where to Start?

The best place to start planning out a site is with it's purpose. A site without a purpose will almost always stagnate and fail. On an 8 X 11 piece of paper, write outrepparttar 134782 purpose of your site. Havingrepparttar 134783 purpose written down on paper will make it seem more "real" than keepingrepparttar 134784 idea in your head. Also, it's real easy to get distracted onrepparttar 134785 Internet, so havingrepparttar 134786 purpose written out on paper will help keep you on track.

What's Next?

Now that we have our site's purpose, we need to determine how our site is going to fulfill this purpose. These will berepparttar 134787 site's objectives. On that same sheet of paper that you wrote out your site's purpose, draw a line allrepparttar 134788 way acrossrepparttar 134789 paper. Now, underneath that line, write down three one-sentence objectives for your site to accomplish.

Frames and Tables

Written by Mary Hickey


Some ofrepparttar most god-awful sites Iíve ever seen have used frames. To be fair though, Iíve seen some that used tables that were just as bad.

Frames require what is called a "Frameset" page. This isrepparttar 134774 most important thing. If itís layed out weird, thenrepparttar 134775 frames will either A.) Not work at all, or B.) look hideous! The Frameset page is just what it says, a framework forrepparttar 134776 rest ofrepparttar 134777 site. In each section (or Frame) there is a complete webpage, even if itís just a graphic. The Frameset page tellsrepparttar 134778 browser WHERE each of these complete pages goes. So if you have a page with lots of information crammed into a narrow frame what you get is frustrating forrepparttar 134779 visitor at best.

Good rule of thumbÖ Keep it Simple!!! Some ofrepparttar 134780 most annoying framed pages Iíve ever seen are ones that have a bazillion different frames. And when I say a bazillion, I mean anything over say three, at most four. The human eye can only handle seeing so many little sections, and especially onrepparttar 134781 Internet! When I go to set up a framed page I ask myself a few questions.

1.Is it easy onrepparttar 134782 eye? In other words, am I dizzy looking at it. 2.Does it make sense? Isrepparttar 134783 general layout reasonable. 3.Couldrepparttar 134784 effect Iím trying to achieve be accomplished using tables instead?

Ifrepparttar 134785 answer torepparttar 134786 first two questions is yes, then go ahead and set it up. However, if there is a shred of doubt, try option Three.


Tables have their own quirks though. The biggest one that Iíve seen isrepparttar 134787 browser compatibility factor. Netscape and IE see tables very differently. Iíve found that to overcome this annoying problem to do a blend ofrepparttar 134788 tags that both read.

Basically what tables are is a series of rows and cells that allow one to neatly organize information and images, rather like those shadow boxes that you use to display knick-knacks.

When laying out a page using tables, itís often best to leaverepparttar 134789 border on. This gives you a clear view of what exactly is going on and how it really looks. This includes whererepparttar 134790 text sets in a specific cell of a table. Too many times Iíve gone to a site thatís layed out with tables and foundrepparttar 134791 text running into itself or overlapping images! A good rule of thumb when setting text in a table cell is give a cell padding of no less then 5 pixels.

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