Francis Nugent Dixon
effendi at wanadoo.fr
Fri Jan 8 11:45:05 CST 2010
Hi from Beautiful Brittany (I've moved)
> My sister (who knows about these things) tells me that my website
> looks like
> a dog's dinner . . .
> Would be very grateful for any feedback comparing this:
This is your site, and you have put a ton of gung-ho and guts into it.
So, be proud of it, but be ready to submit to criticism. That's life !
1 - Tell them what you are going to tell them !
2 - Tell them !
3 - Tell them what you have told them !
Well - maybe you can forget rule 3 !!
Based upon those simple rules :
1 - Start with an introduction page
(who am I, What am I selling, what have I got to sell).
2 - Separate the levels of information
(if it costs you a few HTML pages, so who cares ?)
(NEVER mix chalk and cheese (even if they are both white)
3 - Based upon rule 1, don't put too much info on page 1
(lead the user into the areas that may take his fancy).
4 - Use menus (they can be so useful)
5 - And this is the most important :
Don't add pages to your site by adding pointers from Page 1.
LOOK CAREFULLY at your PAGE HEIRARCHY (do you have one ?)
and redesign it if necessary.
and finally :
If you have to redesign your page hierarchy, this means that
you DIDN't HAVE a page heirarchy in the first place.
I have learned (with great pain), that building Internet sites
is the same as writing any program - (90% analysis, using some
antiquated material called a pencil and paper, and then 10%
writing and testing). Every time you put up a new HTML page,
you are only proving what you have already carefully designed !
I will now duck because of any sh*t hitting the fan !
(but then, nobody is perfect !)
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