It is one thing to know HTML. It is another to produce stylish web pages. Style, like
art, is based on personal preference, and there can be no infallible rules. Yet, a style
that appeals to many people is one that will make your web site more popular. These are my
Web pages should;
Load quickly. They do not load quickly if they have;
Large images or many images
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Be easy and pleasing to read.
Use simple readable colours without background images that obscure the text.
Be formatted using section headings.
Have plenty of 'white' space.
Be easy to navigate. This requires the correct use of hyperlinks.
Be neat. This is achieved by using section headings, lists, appropriate colours, etc as
Be functional. This can override all the other requirements. If the
purpose is to show a big image, or to please oneself, then this will affect all the other
criteria. Normally, if we are hoping to affect others, then the page should clearly lead
the reader to a choice point where they can decide whether or not to take the action
desired by the writer, instead of having to search and wonder how they can get or do what
they want. Have you noticed how some big and famous sites can be a nightmare trying to
find what you want?
Be easy for search engines to rank and classify.
This means they have;
Be free of grammar and spelling mistakes! These errors can arise
because of the difficulty of reading a computer screen, so spell checkers are essential!
Remember, however, that spell checkers won't pick up wrongly used words, if they are
correctly spelt. For example, 'their' and 'there.'
Date and put your name on each of your pages. If necessary give the
status - complete or rough draft!
Put in HTML comments a reference to your page. Sometimes, when pages
are saved the reader has forgotten where the page came from and finds it hard to find your
site. Put, in HTML comments, the absolute URL of each of your pages. Another way to solve
this problem is to put an absolute reference to your site in one of the links. That is,
instead of putting the reference to 'index.htm', put 'http://www.MySite/index.htm'! The
hyperlink to this tutorial at the top of the page is an absolute URL.
In summary, web pages and web sites should load quickly, be to the point, and pleasing
on the eye.