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III. Building and Managing a Web Site > 11. Themes, Link Bars, and Templates

Chapter 11. Themes, Link Bars, and Templates

Imagine that a visitor is exploring your Web site. He clicks link after link, traveling from page to page. As he moves along, how does he know he’s still in the same Web site?

Usually a site has its own design scheme, a unifying look and feel that remains constant from page to page—that’s one clue. Another tip off might be a fixed navigation bar at the top, side, or bottom of the page. This tells him how to get back to where he started, and where he is in the grand scheme of your site.

When you’re creating pages—if you care at all about keeping your visitors oriented and surrounded by consistent visual cues—you need to consider your site as a whole. You’ve already read about lots of ways you can implement site-wide design and navigation plans. For example, you could set up a single decorative format for your site using a CSS style sheet. You could also create a site navigation menu with interactive buttons or simple hyperlinks and put it on every page, or display it in a frame.


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