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Site Planning

Site planning is one of the most important phases in the design of a Web site. Much like “painting yourself into a corner,” designing a Web site opens the possibility of creating “dead ends” for the user in terms of navigation. If a site is being designed by multiple people, it becomes more critical to carefully plan its construction to avoid any chance of differing styles in layout and navigation.

As I'm sure you've all experienced, it's too easy to get lost on a Web site. Navigation bars switch sides, links disappear and reappear, and the design of the pages itself might vary from section to section. As I mentioned in yesterday's lesson, one of the drawbacks to frames is that it is easy to get lost in the site if there are multiple pages in multiple frames. Many Web sites actually feature someone else's content, contained within a frame on their pages. These sites are the most confusing of all because it's next to impossible to tell where the information you're viewing is coming from or is going to appear.


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