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Chapter 2. Creating Effective Layouts > Including Things That Every Page Needs

Including Things That Every Page Needs

You want to include some elements on every page of your Web site. These things should be located in the same place on each page (except in the cases we mention earlier: alternate home page or multimedia layouts), and should have the same look and feel on every page. It isn't helpful to users of your site, or to your organization, to express your creativity by changing things on each page. First‐time Web designers often make this mistake.

The short list of must‐haves we include in this section might seem to you like common sense. Surprisingly, though, many sites fail to include the most basic page elements on every page. Don't let it happen to you. In Figure 2-4 , all the important page elements are represented. Note how the site's name and organization are clearly displayed. Navigation is obvious, as are highlighted features. Including these items helps your users to understand your Web site.

Figure 2-4: This Web page has all the necessary stuff, including user‐friendly navigation, a banner, and a page headline.



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