Whether you want you create a new archery webpage or improve an existing one, or even just want to read another point view, I hope to provide here some general ideas you can use to satisfy these goals. I don't pretend that these ideas are unique or 'the best' or even that they are used by us in the Sagittarius pages. These ideas are just the way I view things at the time I'm writing this.
Something I see very often is a webpage which starts out as a "Look I Made a Webpage Too" page. Very often these pages don't get updated very often and if they do, it's not even done right. Another typical property of this kind of page is the everlasting "Under Construction" notice in various irritating appearances. This is often combined with a page that is never or rarely updated....
This list is ordered both by importance and frequency for a page just starting out. For some pages this list is different, because those pages are created for a specific target-group. With some logical reasoning you can create your page to satisfy the needs of any one of these groups.
To get your page linked from other pages, you need to tell the
maintainers of those pages about your web-location. Search-engines will
usually automatically pick up new pages that are linked from somewhere,
but common procedure is to tell them by submitting an URL.
Another common way is from announcements/notifications on paper, by e-mail or in the newsgroups.
Each goal carries certain consequences
Although not the most important aspect of a web-page (that is the
contents!), HTML is the "language" used as a medium to get the
In general you want to present the message of your pages to everyone regardless of which browser he/she uses, while still making it look as best as possible for the most frequently used browsers.
I'm not going to pretend to teach you HTML, other documents exist that are
much better at it. I just want to emphasize a few aspects of a html-page
that I find are essential in every html-page.
Lets start with a small example page...
Of course, nobody wants his/her page to look like somebody else's page, so
oyou want to have something unique to stand out from the crowd. This can
take the form of a special background image, a customized buttonbar, a
special style in HTML, etc.
Beware! Although tempting, using special tags supported only in the latest version of some browser is nice for you to look at (because you use that browser), but the majority of people who visit your page won't notice anything special or worse, will only see an unreadable page.
The difficulty when creating a (large) set of web-pages is finding an optimum between giving fast access to all pages without it becoming a messy page with lots of links without structure.
There are several ways you can guide your visitors through your pages:
(I'll make some drawings with this when I have time for it)
When creating index pages, try and keep the number of relevant links to something between 5 and 9. This is just plain simple psychology: people can keep around 7 items in short-term memory (the stuff you use to view web-pages with ;-). when you go much above this number, a visitor will lose overview of the page.
An exeption to this "rule of thumb" is when the data is structured in a meaningful way, like a list of dates or some other ordering related to the subject listed.
Another counter-rule (I got this from Stretch and I agree) is that you should be wary not to let the tree grow too deep (more than 2-3 levels). I know the Sagittarius pages tend to go in this direction, but this is definately not easy to prevent with so many pages.
I'll expand this later, meanwhile think button-bars...
Or how to write readable pages
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