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Keeping It Simple

Often, the best design for a page or site is a simple one. The critical decisions about how your site should be designed should be functional ones, such as how best to facilitate a visitor's access to the information that you're presenting. This involves trying to insure that a visitor can navigate and move throughout your pages and site without a lot of extra clicks, windows, or scrolling. Preferably, all of the key areas in a page or site should be a click away, without the need for extra windows or undue scrolling. Although the visual appeal of a site can be part of what makes a site enjoyable for a visitor, it is the ease and facility with which a visitor can move around and access the different parts of your page or site that play the largest role in whether someone visiting your page or site has an enjoyable or frustrating experience. The most whiz-bang front page design means very little if visitors can't find what they're looking for or have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get to it.

Another consideration is that with simpler page and site designs, you're liable to run into fewer compatibility problems and issues, whether due to flawed or incomplete CSS support by earlier first-generation CSS-browsers or the remaining bugs and quirks of the current second-generation of CSS-browsers. Getting a fully functional CSS-formatted page or site up and running is much easier when you start out relatively simple, rather than planning an elaborate or grand design right out of the gate. In other words, get used to riding with the training wheels on first, before trying to ride with no hands.


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