Web-Design Rare is the website that can be designed with no mind paid to expandability. Even basic informative websites may eventually need some text rewriting, new pages and links, maybe allowances for SEO writing, and so on. Once you get into more advanced sites, with frequent text updates, database-driven catalogs, and the like, expandability be.es a much more significant factor. Of course, to a certain degree, the possibility of future updates is a good thing to us web designers – it means more business. That being said, some sites go beyond just needing new pages every so often, and you’ll often see clients who want to be able to update their sites personally. Or, at the most expandable, sites where members have to be able to post content. One of the most important things you can learn from your client is how often the site will be changed or updated, in what ways, and by whom. A site that offers corporate apparel and marketing products, for example, won’t require a full-fledged catalog – the products will all be custom made! On the other hand, a site that sells religious jewelry probably needs an updatable catalog for a large product list – one that will likely grow and change in the future. Finally, if you’re talking about a work from home job directory, you can expect various members all adding their own content, in addition to administration content. Each of these three types of sites needs to be designed in a certain way to handle their expansions. In the case of the corporate apparel and promotions site, you’re probably talking about infrequent updates to primary pages, maybe the addition of some new text for SEO, and perhaps updates to a gallery of particularly impressive past promos. For this site, you don’t need massive expandability options; you can focus a lot more on individual page layouts and designs. However, chances are pretty good that there will be a single overall layout for consistency; in this case, you should prepare for the possibility of changes and updates by getting as much of the overall layout as possible into external files. That way you don’t have to update twenty pages when a change gets made. This of course means that you want to keep things that will be relatively consistent, consistent. Minor differences between pages can really hamper expandability and .e back to bite you when changes have to be made. Moving up to the religious jewelry site, you’re probably looking at a database-driven catalog where the site administrator can upload new jewelry pieces, change those already there, and delete the ones that are no longer being produced. At this point, you have to balance the site’s expandability against the precision of the design. The more control the client has over how each specific page looks, the more .plex the admin system, meaning a higher cost site and more for them to learn about making updates. It’s worth having a conversation about how much time they are willing to invest in making updates, and how advanced an admin system they really need. In most cases, an appealing layout well-designed for expandability with an admin system and backend page code designed to properly display the variables entered is going to be nearly as aesthetic as a site where every item is hand-coded into its page, but vastly more efficient to create and maintain. A point that is only emphasized when you start adding members to the mix, as with a work at home job directory. There are clients who are willing to accept a bit of a learning curve in administering to their sites for the advantage of having more precise control over the appearance of each page. But a site that makes it difficult to upload your information is not going to be used. At this point, expandability is key; anyone posting a job has to be able to post it easily and have it look presentable with no additional work on their part. Expandability is an important aspect of any website. However, the more expandable a website is, the more similar each individual page has to be. The more pages are likely to be added and updated, the more you should focus on making sure all of the information is displayed in an easily-updatable, consistent framework. The fewer pages you have to deal with, the more easily you can focus on pixel-perfect positioning of every element for each specific page without vastly inflating the .plexity and cost of the site. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: