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Designing Your School Web Site

Designing Your School Web Site

Page Layout Tips
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In order to develop a content-rich and an easy "to read and use" webpage, you need to determine what kind of page you want to create. Each kind of webpage lends itself to a particular format or design.

Here are some helpful tips to consider as you begin to plan your content and design:

  1. Avoid long webpages
    If your webpage requires you to scroll through more than three screens, you've let your webpage get too long! Break your webpage up and offer navigational links to each of the sections.
  2. Stick to one purpose
    Don't write an informational article introducing your school if your purpose was to create a homepage.
  3. Stick to one audience
    A webpage designed for students will be different from one that is designed for educators and other adults. If you want to include information for educators on a webpage designed for students, use a link on that student page to the additional resources you want share with other educators.
  4. Don't bury information on your site
    Beginning at your homepage, how many clicks away are visitors from the information that they are looking for? Most design articles on the web suggest that visitors should not be any farther than three clicks away from the information they are looking for.

Here are additional tips for designing the different pages on your site:

Designing Home Pages
  • Home pages should have a menu format. This is the "table of contents" to your web site.
  • Visitors should find links to all top level categories within your site on this page.
  • Avoid posting the school's philosophy for educating students on the home page. Instead, offer a link so that visitors can read this if they want.

Offer a Site Guide

If your site contains several pages of information, create a web page that is a "site guide" to find resources quickly. See the site guide for this website for an example: Site Guide

Hot Lists or Bookmarked Resources

This style of webpage offers quick access to exceptional resources. If you want to suggest a list of additional Internet resources to visit, follow these suggestions:

  • Annotations of the links should be included so that visitors can "look before they leap".
  • Avoid listing over 10 resources in a single category. If possible, limit your selected resources to just 5 sites per category. Forcing your visitor is search through dozens of your bookmarked sites is frustrating for the visitor.
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