Quick and Easy Web Pages
by Gina Otto


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Why have a Web Page?
See directions and due dates
Print out assignment directions.
Print out the handout.

What should they look like?
What do websites look like?
Other website samples?
Mr. Donn

Topics on this page:
Where can I post?
Create Your Own?   
Assignments on Line

Top Ten Bad and Good Design Tips

Where can I post?

Create Your Own

Assignments on line - Use a Pre-made lesson or create your own
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Top Ten List of Bad Design

  1. Under Construction signs - the whole Internet is under continual construction. If you have a page that is not ready for prime time, simply cut the link to it until it is.
  2. Slow web page download - usually due to large graphic files (more than 50k worth of image files on the home page and 100k of image files on sub-pages). 
  3. Problems with links - broken links, missing graphics.
  4. Too many different fonts, font sizes, and/or colors.
  5. Too many visual distractions: animations, blinking text.
  6. No design elements or no consistency in design elements.
  7. No navigation or no consistency in navigation.
  8. Typos.
  9. Tacky backgrounds - really loud and/or distracting background colors/images.
  10. Too much text - not enough white space, too much scrolling, no Table of Contents, no Links to the Top at regular intervals.

Top Ten List of Good Web Design

  1. Little text on home page and plenty of white space.
  2. No more than three 8-1/2 x 11" pages of content on any sub-page.
  3. The first screen (what appears in the browser window when the page first loads) has enough in it to identify all important navigation, links and interesting aspects of the page.
  4. A consistent web site theme.
  5. A clean, easy to read and navigate layout, design and color scheme that is relevant to the target audience and to the content.
  6. A prominent header or title that incorporates a combination of graphics and links.
  7. Page footers with a duplicate set of links to other web pages in the site and basic information about the origin of the page, e-mail contact, and date of last revision of page.
  8. Use of table of contents (index) and anchored (targeted) subheads at top of page for quick content scanning.
  9. Only essential images that download quickly and support the content are included. (no more than 50k worth of image files on the homepage and 100k of image files on sub-pages.)
  10. Sparing, tasteful use of icons and symbols.

Updated April, 2021