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Designing the Elements of a Web Page

My previous article on information architecture dealt with planning the content properly. Now, that great content needs a great design to sit inside. This is where the web design part steps in and it is equally intricate. Many people will say "I don't know where to start." There is no requirement to be a professional designer to create a web site.

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By: Stephen Davies
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August 13, 2007
  1. · Designing the Elements of a Web Page
  2. · The Starting Tools
  3. · Designing the Grid
  4. · Web Design Tips
  5. · The important principles of white space
  6. · Example of a Styled Template

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Designing the Elements of a Web Page - Example of a Styled Template
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To demonstrate how a consistent design can be achieved, below are a few pages of code that produces a table similar to the design grid on page three. I say similar as it has a nicely layered approach instead of the flat box look in the mock design. This template can be very useful as the pages are progressively designed over forthcoming weeks.

It should be stressed that style sheets are powerful tools in ensuring consistency and a well-balanced site design. Feel free to utilize this code as and when desired. Simply copy and paste the code into the software (Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Coffeecup, etc) or notepad, and save it as an .HTML file. It will certainly ensure a good starting point for realizing how effective style sheets can be at maintaining consistent web design.

May the creativity flow...

CSS Code for Initial Design Template

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<title>CSS code for Initial Design Template</title>
<style type="text/css">

body {
margin:5px 5px 0px 5px;

#sidemenus {
position: absolute;
border:1px solid #000;

#content {
border:1px solid #000;
margin-left: 90px;

#adspace {
position: absolute;
border:1px solid #000;

p,h1 {
margin:15px 1px 1px 15px;

h1 {

#branding h1 {
<div id="branding"><h1><a href="yourhomepage.html">Place the site logo here. </a> - It should allow the visitor to go to the home page when clicked<br>Write the site message here below the logo and in just one line</h1></div>
<div id="sidemenus">
<div id="content">
<h1>The first piece of content when visiting the home page can go here. Also, for subsequent pages for the menus, that content appears here. Bear in mind, this is a generic template that will need to be customized to fit the mood and style of the site theme. What works is the standard left-right system with the main menu down the left. The main menu could also go across the page below the branding, left to right, instead of at the top of the page area.</h1>
<div id="adspace">
<h1>Possibly place ads here. It is by no means a hard rule. More menu options can go here that possibly fit into a category not covered in the main menu.</h1>

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