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Chapter 2. Starting Your Web Page > Designing Your Site

Designing Your Site

Although you can just jump in and start writing HTML pages right away (see page 34), it's a good idea to first think about and design your site. That way, you'll give yourself direction and save reorganizing later.

To design your site:

1.
Figure out why you're creating this page. What do you want to convey?

2.
Think about your audience. How can you tailor your content to appeal to this audience? For example, should you add lots of graphics or is it more important that your page download quickly?

3.
How many pages will you need? What sort of structure would you like it to have? Do you want visitors to go through your site in a particular direction, or do you want to make it easy for them to explore in any direction?

4.
Sketch out your site on paper.

5.
Devise a simple, consistent naming system for your pages, images, and other external files (see page 26).


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