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Dave's Web Site Design Tutorial

Chapter 5 . . .
. . . Page Division, Legal Considerations, and Moving your Site

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Unless your site has multiple pages linked together, its probably not a site at all. The general term "site" usually refers to as a collection of pages on a single server, linked together. But I've seen quite a lot of pages that are so long they would definitely be a site had they been divided properly!

Medium length pages seem to be a decent style of page division. If your pages barely fit the screen, they probably could have been a little longer and not so divided. If your pages are so long you can barely click your vertical scrollbar, you probably have a lot of dividing ahead of you. It is often convenient to place a link on the bottom of the page saying "top" that will jump the browser to the top of the page if the visitor clicks it.

Try not to orphan any of your pages, that is, have no return link to the main site from a subpage. Orphan pages are confusing because many search engines will index all of the pages of your site, whether they are the main page or not. Unlike someone who came from your main page, a person coming from a search engine will not be able to use the BACK button to go to the main page of your site. If they hit the BACK button, it would take them back to the search engine.

If the content on your page is considered orginal intellectual information (such as the design tips work you are reading) it is automatically copyrighted by the original author in most countries - whether the author chooses to display a copyright notice or not. But it's wise to display a copyright notice on the page if the information is indeed original, just to make a special point for those who don't really understand the copyright convention laws. If you wish, you may even choose to officially register for copyrights on your work with your government's copyright offices, for a small but worthwhile registration fee - although you still have significant rights without registering it.

Remember that all graphics and information on other pages are probably copyrighted, whether there is a notice or not. Unless the author specifically states you may copy their works, you will probably be breaking federal and/or international copyright laws if you copy it without their permission. This even covers common things such as cartoon characters (such as Disney's animated characters) and company logos (such as the Nike Swoosh). If information on your page has been quoted from others, it would be proper to place an acknowledgements section at the end of your page.

Often there comes a time where you may be moving your site. Your URL will probably change with the move unless you have a domain. Because there are probably numerous links pointing to your site around the web, it is considerate (and probably in your best interest) to place a link and notice at your old URL noting the change to redirect visitors trying to get to your site.

Tracing back to pages that link you via search engines (such as using link:www.yoursite.com at AltaVista) will help you find a number of the sites that have linked yours. You should politely notify the site owners of any sites that have linked you of the change, noting them of the old and new URL.

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Quick Index

Main Page

Glossary of Terms used in this Guide

Chapter 1
Getting Started

Chapter 2
General Design Considerations

Chapter 3
Layout Considerations

Chapter 4
Graphics, Backgrounds, and Colors

Chapter 5
Page Division, Legal Considerations, and Moving Your Site

Chapter 6
Using Tables for Layout

Chapter 7
Major Turnoffs in Web Design

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Dave's Web Site Design Tutorial - Chapter 5: Page Division, Legal Considerations, and Moving your Site