All the following topics are my personal opinion, there are some great pages
out on the web that do not come under any of these points. It's allways a matter
of taste, of course. If you like a specific page write, email the writer and tell
them so and if you dont like it, write the reasons why.
Most publishers are happy to recieve any suggestions or constructive criticisms.
I've also received some positive and negative feedback and this page is the result of
several such suggestions.
The most important thing : 'less is more'. So negate all the following points ...
You can find many places on the web with nice animation gifs, several buttons,
different textures and so on. If you use them all on your page at the same time - your
visitors will have to buy a faster modem or ISDN card and may search
for another provider.
If you DO find nice images you like, put them on, whether or not they fit your
theme: Hell, its your page, after all!
Life is all about motion so why not your page - use animation wherever possible.
People will always look at, and probably admire, the animation before your text.
Use pictures only once - (the browser cache is only needed for the backbutton).
Your visitors may like (word deleted here) to analyse every page so
use backgroundcolor - and textcolors as identical as possible.
You get so many fonts with CorelDraw - use them all - if possible on one page.
Well - on some pages I really think that the publisher thinks that way ...
... but now my meaning:
The images should fit together - the DeathStar from StarWars and the StarShip Enterprise
will match but a starship and a fishing boat may only match if you have a page about ships ;-)
When you publish photos, try to crop the image down to the necessary information. I
like to view images, but a photo 'My Cat: Tiger' where you have to search for the cat
between all the furniture isn't nice to load and view. Scan the image with a higher resolution,
select only the cat and crop it. The result is much better. Some of my images are cropped - on one
side to arrange the object better in the photo on the other side to remove areas of no interest.
Create thumbnails and link to the original - don't decrease the full image with the HTML tags.
Give all your image links an alternate name (html command is: ALT="LinkToXYZ") that
can be shown on missing images if a page is downloading slowly.
Don't use too many frames (I think up to 3 is quite enough - without frames is the best
solution, but sometimes ... )
Don't upload your page until most topics are ready (I hate
to visit a page 'Under Construction' with nothing
else on it except a sign telling me exactly that, and only that :-(.
Check whether your links really WORK (on your WIN95 or OS/2
machine everything may work, but the UNIX machine of
your provider may differentiate between upper and lower case.
If you're still working on a linked page show a simple page that tells this to your visitor.
The link should produce a result other than merely showing the NOTFOUND page of your provider.
A short comment to any link away from your page
would be nice. Recheck all your links occasionally and be sure to
correct possible changes or remove the links if they are no longer available.
When you link to the search engines with a request concerning your linktopics it's
great, but don't just link to
hotbot etc etc ...
almost every user of the net has theselinks in his bookmark list - if not you can
reach them from here anyway ;-).
New remark: GOOGLE is the best one ;-)
If you like the tool you use for creating your page it's OK to put a link to it
(this page is done with StarOffice and EPM or maybe with COPY CON and EDLIN).
But is there really a need to link to every tool and browser available ?
Only use the latest features if you have a page that
covers this theme. Think on people like me, who
will only turn on Java if there is something
interesting to use it for. And there is really NO need for
Active-X - only Win95 users can use it (what about
OS/2, Mac, Linux and the other real operating
systems ?). How would you feel if AltaVista used the additional features of
StarOffice like StarBasic (nice for Intranets) and only users with the StarOffice browser
can then make a search ?
Resize the window of your browser to see how your page reacts.
Finally test your page using other browsers than your preferred one. The results may look
different and can mostly be fixed with some small changes. If possible check it also on different
screen resolutions (800x600 should be OK but 640x480 is still used by some people - consider users of
notebooks). BTW surely a 'Best Viewed With 16bit' must be a joke - should I downgrade from 24bit ?
I think not ...
This is enough for me. Many people have written more in-depth texts about
these topics. This is a link to the
which gives you many links concerning these topics.