Chapter 2. Planning Your Sites
In This Chapter
Planning multipage Web sites
Working with the client
Analyzing the audience
Building a site plan
Creating XHTML and CSS templates
Fleshing out the project
At some point, your Web efforts begin to grow. Rather than think about single Web documents, you begin to build more complex systems. Most real-life Web problems require a lot more than a single page to do the work. How do you make the transition to a site with many different but interconnected pages? How do you think through the process of creating a site that serves a specific purpose?
You might even be thinking about doing commercial Web development work. If so, it's definitely time to think about how to put together a plan for a customer.
Creating a Multipage Web Site
A complete Web site has these characteristics:
A consistent theme: All the pages in a Web site should be about something — a product, a shop, a hobby. It doesn't matter much what the theme is, but the pages should be unified around it.
Consistent design: The site should have a unified color scheme. All pages should have the same (or similar) layout, and the font choices and images should all use a similar style.
A navigation scheme: Users must have a clear method to move around from page to page. The organization of the pages and their relationships should be clear.
A common address: Normally, all pages in a site are on the same server and have a common DNS name so that they're easy to distinguish.
Obviously, the skills of Web ...