Freepages-Help-L ArchivesArchiver > Freepages-Help > 2001-01 > 0979944622
Subject: Re: [FreeHelp] websites and pages
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 16:50:22 -0600
You are so right. If I visit a page and it has spinners and floaters
before it's fully loaded, I'll rarely stay around. And if it has music
too, I'll avoid it! (I listen to my own music on my radio or CD player
-- music of *my* choice.)
It's possible to make an attractive page that's readable and loads fast.
And as you say, it's the content of our site that will draw repeat
readers, not the dancing snowflakes or butterflies that follow the
Sometimes, I"ve found that the banner ads are slow loading on Rootsweb
List Mom -
Host - Buffalo Co., NEGenWeb - http://www.rootsweb.com/~nebuffal
Our Family - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~monajo/
On Fri, 19 Jan 2001 14:24:16 -0400 "." <> writes:
> * Keep it Simple. If the page cannot be loaded in 40 seconds, people
> move to another site. To do this, it is necessary to keep the
> content to
> less than a 100kb, perferably 60-80, including the graphics.
> * Keep the animations and other cutesy things to a minimum, if not
> altogether. They add nothing to the site but distraction. You want
> people to
> see the information you have, not how clever a page can be made to
> (Unless, of course, the image is the "message")
> * Background should be fairly simple with good contrast between text
> color of bg. If people have difficulty in reading, onward they go.
> * Self promotion of site is of little use to the viewers. They will
> make the
> determination if it meets their needs so the redundancy is just
> extra work
> for no particular purpose (other than the owner's satisfaction)
> These are just a few of the things that make a lot of sense to me. I
> them along, not to criticize anyone for their work, but hopefully
> tips that
> may prove useful, as well as save a lot of work.
> Bill Boone
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