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The design of a website
Internet pages designed according to their content
If you want to sign up your internet page for joining a list of websites, you often find out that it is not so easy to find the right category for signing up. These problems can usually be avoided by a design which is planed in accordance to the contents of the website:
Most web page owners think the only important things about the design of a site are the potential visitors and their wishes and preferences. But in reality the contents of the subjects and stories found on the website should be also considered when planning a new design.
If one compares the contents of a website to books which should be kept ordered inside a library, the design of the website equals the rooms of the library and the shelves in which the books will be arranged. In a well structured website these shelves are marked and divided in sub-groups, so that the visitor of the library can find every book quickly and easily.
Before the opening of the library we begin to fill the shelves, however, unexpected problems crop up: Some books are simply too largely for our shelves and others are so small that big gaps in their part of the library remain unused. Moreover we have a lot of books about a certain subject and only very few for the other shelves. Hence, some of our shelves have not enough space and too few sub-groups to meaningfully order the mass of books, while the other shelves remain mainly empty.
How could we have avoided these problems? Of course if we would have looked through our books before the planning of the library and would have arranged them into meaningful sub-groups. That's why one should also plan the design of a website not according to optics but considering the already available contents and stories. Best of all one should already insert available texts in the first test layouts and see how everything fits. If no contents exist yet, one should create a few suitable stories first, before you begin to design the website.
This approach also has the advantage that one can customize the programming of the single internet pages to the structure of the stories to be published, and thus build pages which are properly displayed in as many browsers as possible by the use of CSS and structural page elements (title, H1...). In this way internet pages are designed which can easily be maintained and simply be used by the visitors, without unnecessary design elements that distract from the contents presented. In addition websites designed according to their content can usually be loaded faster, because they offer more text than images.
The method to plan the design of a website according to the available content, carries the risk that very simple and optically unattractive pages are build and also that the uniformity of the website suffers. And one should also never overlook the fact that a website will change in the course of time and must be customized to the current taste and to new contents that have not been planned at the time of the original design. If one pays attention to these problems, the design of a website according to the planned contents indeed is an especially efficient method for finding a new layout for an internet page.
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Lists of Webpages, Lists Sorted by Topic
Nowadays many lists of webpages (including these pages on Avalonís Treasury) offer the possibility to not only provide a title and a short description for your site but to also publish a whole story that points to your website. You should use this opportunity since an informative story acquires much more new visitors for your internet pages than a simple entry in a list of websites.
Texts for the internet should be written differently than stories for a newspaper or a book: Since most of the visitors of an internet page only skim through the offered texts in order to find the information they seek as quickly as possible a solid structure of your story is crucial for its success. It is therefore best to already start your text with a summarizing overview and to only then present the detail information step by step - this way your readers will know from the beginning what the text will be about.
The different ideas of your story should be arranged as short paragraphs which should not be longer than 3-4 sentences. Certainly your text starts with a main heading that summarizes the content of the story, that is to the point and that is not longer than 10 words - but also subheadings should be used as additional structural elements. Furthermore important parts of the story should be written in bold or italics if they are citations. Since italic characters can be hard to read on screen alternatively citations can be highlighted using quotation marks or (as we will see later) they can be written in colour if they are especially important for your story. But please make sure that you don't overuse coloured or bold text since your story otherwise can become confusing.
All structural elements mentioned so far make it easier to quickly skim through a text and to find the information sought. For the same purpose also bulleted lists are ideal especially if you want to talk about different facts that you have to present in a structured manner. It is also true that numbered lists can enhance the overall clearness if you want to talk about a fixed number of ideas (e.g. The 10 best Methods to make your Website famous). Also images and references structure a story: Images can enhance the interest for a text further by using an informative caption and references can lead to the originator of a quotation - these citations are best marked by coloured text to make them stand out even more.
The stories on this page http://www.alte
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- Website: Our short description is "Online Shop for Jewelry".
- Page: Websites and stories about "Lists of Webpages, Lists Sorted by Topic" can be found on this page.
Stories are today very often used for pointing to oneís own website since they entertain and inform the visitor of a webpage and this way bring more interested readers to the site. Make sure that your stories are structured in a way that allows the skimming of the text - by this you will gain more readers which in the long run leads to more visitors of your website.