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Designing a Web
Now that you are familiar with how FrontPage 2000 works, you can get started on your Web site. In this chapter you begin by designing your school Web site. When you have a blue print in place, managing the site is much easier in the long run. Although you can always return to a Web site and arrange pages after you have finished creating the site, you may find it easier to manage the Web site if you plan ahead.

You also want visitors to your site to be able to navigate easily between pages on your Web site without losing track of where they are. Good organization helps make browsing a Web site fun, helps guarantee return visits, and hinges on good planning and organization.

Before you begin

In order to create an outstanding Web site, you must first plan the types of content and the types of Web pages you want on your Web site. • Brainstorm about the types of content you want on your Web site. This can include information about student activities and services, sports, academic departments and advancement requirements, alumni activities, and more. • Brainstorm about the types of links you want from your Web site. These can include links to research resources, professional educator organizations, and other educational sites. • Begin an outline of your Web site.

This book shows you how to create a school home page with links to at least five other pages. The pages used for these activities are:

• Calendar of Events

• Departments and Faculty

• Academic Requirements

• Alumni Activities

• Educational Links

Organizing your Web’s structure

The home page serves as the gateway to a Web site, so you should organize your Web site around it. Using the Navigation view in FrontPage 2000 to set up a flowchart to group your pages, you can easily arrange your Web.

Determining a purpose

Just like any other task you may do, you need to know your Web site’s purpose before you begin. In the case of a school Web site, you may want to publicize school events, keep students up-to-date on deadlines and other activities, point patrons to educational resources, or portray a positive image of the school to your community.

Defining your Web site’s purpose helps you decide what kind of theme you want to give the Web site, and what types of information to include on the pages.

Drawing an organization chart

On paper, draw a simple organizational sketch of how the pages of your Web should be placed in relation to one another. The home page is at the top, and the rest of the pages are connected on one or more levels below the home page.

Understanding good Web design

FrontPage 2000 allows you to add numerous themes, fonts, animations, effects, sounds, graphics, and more. In order to create a well-designed Web site, you should have an idea about what design elements you want to use to enhance the look of your Web site.

Good Web design consists of the following:

• A well-organized structure

• Focused information

• Consistency between pages

• Easy navigation

• Well-maintained information and links

Understanding basic Web page design

In a well-designed Web site, visitors should always know where they are, and how to get where they need to go. To make sure that people can find what they need in your site, your pages should feature consistent layout elements. Applying basic page design to your site helps make your site easier to navigate through and more pleasant for people to visit.

The structure of a Web page includes a header, body or...
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