WWW design includes Web center design, individual page design, and efficient use of the Web (server) environment.
General design of the Web center. The specific elements of the web center design would be:
- Designing the center in perspective by establishing its purpose;
- Decision on the basic informational structure of the center. Make a sketch following how the pages will be linked. Will 'menu' pages and a tree structure be used in which the essential part of the content is only at the end (on the last level)? Will each page be viewed as a chapter in a book, or as a separate topic?
Be consistent in terms of structure and present it to the user, not only from the home page but also from the other pages.
If you use links inside a page, be sure to notify the user of this;
When using links to the outside of the page, include in the text the coordinates of the referred page, presenting explanations to clarify the visitor on the meaning of the respective jump.
Do not abuse external links; Periodically test their functionality to avoid non-functional
link error. Ensure clear and correct links back to the home page as well as to other significant pages.
Avoid long pages. Segment the material when it exceeds several screens. An exception would be the case of manuals or guides - documentation files; even in this case it is preferable to ensure the transport of the file for its off-line browsing.
Track the materials visually and semantically
Web page design
In designing the individual page it is recommended to take into account the following tips:
Use the images wisely and only for the purpose. Be careful how the text appears, the size of the letters, the spaces ... The
page must be treated as a stand-alone document, because the reader can reach it from various parts. In particular, to facilitate access as a result of searches, help the indexing systems by completing as accurately as possible the title of the document and the meta-statements of content and keywords.
Help the user to browse quickly and see if he is interested in the content of the page or not.
Provide an information item at the end of each page, with the author's name, e-mail address, date of last adjustment, as well as possible navigation options (next document, return to the home page, etc.).
Provide a tool that allows the reader to know in advance the length of each page and to make an image of the content.
It is good to provide a link to a separate file that includes the entire text presented in your pages, a file that can be taken as easily as possible by the reader if he wishes.
Do not use signs (icons) that appear to be links. Help the reader see what the active links are and what they get through their selection.
Carefully check the syntactic correctness of the document made using an available verification program (for example weblin), or by calling centers that offer such services.
Adjust and revise the page as often as possible, each time mentioning it in the document, along with its coordinates (URL).
Once this phase is over, if you are satisfied with the web page created, look for a web server on which it can be installed. Often the access account you have also allows you to create / install your own web pages (usually in the public_html directory), accessible documents (with a URL) in the form:
But if your page is really successful, it is very possible to find a place on a close thematic server. If the server administrator (Web-master) guesses how successful your page is, it is not excluded to declare interest in hosting it.
Make sure that the page is visible from different networks and that, from any browser, it appears exactly as you wanted it. Remember that there are a lot of browsers, as well as a wide variety of hard-software configurations. Not everyone will see the same thing. Thoughtful to the user who uses a text browser (Lynx), as well as to the one who, due to the high costs charged by TeleCom, inhibited the display of images.
If the page has passed all these tests well, then it is necessary to announce it on the Internet, to advertise it, in order to be visited by as many people as possible. Otherwise the world will find out nothing about this document.
Web pages as a whole
Some pages together form an ensemble through their informational content. Help the reader understand this:
By similarity in form and structure (buttons, links, color, background, language)
Be consistent with how the pages are completed, in terms of titles, and metadefinitions in the header, but also how the lists and tables are used.
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