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Stephanos
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0 posted 02-23-2001 11:39 PM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

Sounds like a pretty basic, infantile question. But I am in an infantile stage of learning web-design... I'm using a great combo, Dreamweaver/ fireworks 4 studio but I don't know a lick of HTML, yet...

Anyway my question (having nothing to do with HTML) is while I'm building a poetry-based website with title/ navigation bar at the top that will frequent every page as a template, what are some things I might want to put at the bottom of the page (as an uneditable region of the template that also will be on every page), to ensure it doesn't just end with nothing there, and to ensure that it looks semi-professional and not tacky?

Any creative ideas, suggestions, or even links to pages as examples are welcome.

I'm a little top heavy here!


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Christopher
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1 posted 02-24-2001 01:45 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Someone correct me if I'm off base here - But Stephanos, one of the best things you can do, for a multitude of reasons, is put your basic site links at the bottom - preferably in straight text format.


  • Provides an easy way for your visitors to find their way around your site.

  • Is easily recognized by web visitors as such, due to the standard format.

  • Is helpful for disabled persons when browsing your site. (Especially if you include "alt" text describing the link.)

  • And one of the most important reasons: It helps tremendously in your placement in a search engine, who not only counts the text of the link as content, but also looks at the alt text and the directories of your links.


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WhtDove
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2 posted 03-03-2001 12:42 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Chris is right. Otherwise people will have to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page in order to get to the navigation bar.  It is better placed on the bottom.

OR, you could place a link at the bottom to take you back up to the top.
by doing this: direcly under or on top of your navigation bar place this:

< a name="back to top" > < / a >
and at the bottom of the page, place this:
< a href="#back to top" > Back to Top < / a >

You really are better off though, if you place the navigation bar at the bottom.
Here you'll see what I mean.
http://www.geocities.com/whtdove377/index1.html



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Brandon
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you could add a random quote to the bottom. it catches the viewer's attention when they start to notice a different quote each time they view. just an idea.
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