Basic Web Design Tips

Don’t bother with splash pages.
A splash page is normally a pointless page people put on their websites as an introduction. The page normally contains some sort of image on with a big click here to enter sign, or sometimes people don’t say anything and just hope you will click on the picture to enter their site. Splash pages are fairly pointless and it is just creating more work for your visitor as they have to click the mouse button an extra time just to see the content of your site. By removing the splash page the visitor can get to see the best parts of your site straight away, without having to wait for a pointless page to load.

Keep your navigation simple.
To put it simply if your navigation is too complicated and people don’t understand how to get around your site this is a huge web design fault. If a visitor doesn’t know how to navigate around your site they will get frustrated and end up leaving. Keep your navigation simple and try to avoid using scripts or complicated flash based menus, not all browsers support scripts, so some of your visitors might be missing out on important.

Keep your paragraphs reasonable readable lengths.
Although having lots of relative and informative content on your website is good, it is a bad idea to have the blocks of text to big. Not everyone likes reading and to much can deter a visitor. If you keep your paragraphs in reasonable lengths it is much easier for a visitor to read and absorb.

Style it with CSS.
Make sure your text is readable by using a standard font which is compatible with other systems. While some fonts may look good on your computer other people might not have that font installed. It is good web design practice to use CSS when building you site. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are a perfect way to set and adjust your websites font and size settings. The great thing about using CSS is that you can change the look of your whole site simply by editing the one file.

Test your website using other browsers.
When you are building your site and still in the web design stage it is important to check how it looks on other browsers, just because it looks fine in internet explorer doesn’t mean it looks good on Firefox or Opera. Many people use different browsers and if your site looks a complete mess then you will loose that visitor for good. You can check your websites web design to ensure it complies with the web standards at the website. Testing the pages using the w3 validation tool will help you make sure it is compatible with other browsers.

Article Author: A Barrow
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Whaddya doing? You’re not supposed to republish articles from web directories in a modified form - and in this case you’ve knocked out the author’s links.

I mean, its pretty decent advice but I keep coming back to the question “Whaddya doing?”

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To begin, I must agree with “independent.” It’s in poor form to simply post an article’s content in a completely unsolicited capacity. It’s also even more inconsiderate to do so without also including the links that were provided by the original author.

Beyond that, I want to talk about splash pages. I think they serve a very specific purpose even though they can be a little annoying for general web browsing users. Mainly they give the opportunity for webmasters to provide a common point of access that allows navigation to various areas of their site when the site design is in flux.

I experiment with lots of technologies and use my website as the jump-off point for that. I might be working with any number of CMS’s or web applications that can change frequently. A splash page allows me to link users to these different areas without changing the look they’re expecting when coming to my TLD.

Nevertheless you do draw attention to some valid points, I just wonder the same thing… Whaddya doing?

I’m guessing they’re his and he’s just spamming… since all 2 of his posts have the same URL at the bottom.

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Yeah I reckon an admin will probably remove those links.

I agree with pangea33 in regard to ‘splash pages’. I think the big difference is whether they are implemented as portals or ‘regular’ splash pages. I get the feeling the copy/pasta OP’s article is referring to splash pages that serve no real purpose other than to look pretty for the first (and sometimes second) view. After that they’re a total annoyance. Flash intros argh.

Portal-type ‘splash pages’ on the other hand can be extremely beneficial to a site’s navigability and, as pangea33 alludes, can be an integral frontend to a well designed site.

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Yeah, but that’s the article directory the article came from and it doesn’t include the author’s resource links. He’s taking them out of the one directory, but they aren’t from the same author nor has he put any live links in it.

I don’t get it! Its not even good spamming!


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I never said spammers were geniuses. :wink:

Not sure of the case here, but a few possibilities could be that either:

  • It’s just random spamming to test a bot or something, before getting his own sites banned.

  • He has something to do with the article site, but spamming random articles instead of the site itself, could distract from that.

  • He has some connection to certain articles, even if under different names/sites, using less direct spamming hoping to get a little more traffic to the sites the articles are linked to.

With the last one, you spam indirectly, hoping the site you’re really promoting stays under the radar. Members here have done that on this forum before. :stuck_out_tongue:

You create a longer path, in this case: Dreamhost Forum -> Article Site -> Article -> Link to author’s site.

In this case, he won’t pass any PR since he failed to make it an active link, but some just care about actual traffic instead of PR.

Plus, if you don’t hyperlink the first step of the path, it can make it harder to trace backwards for any search engines that might be trying to pick up a pattern.

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