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 CROSSLINKS: Chapter 11—Designing Your Own Web Site

Chapter 11 of Writing Online discussed web site planning and design by offering questions to consider as you study other web sites and by showing examples of some common web site types. The crosslinks for this chapter include links to pages that show you how to use WSFTP and Fetch, as well as links to other guides and aids on web site design and reviews of various web sites.


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WSFTP (Windows) and Fetch (Mac) 
  • WSFTP LE is the free version of WSFTP Pro for educators and students. Ipswitch, the company that makes WSFTP, doesn't offer support for WSFTP LE, but they have an excellent WSFTP Pro tutorial that will help you get started with LE. 
  • WSFTP LE at FTPPlant.com is a second place to go for downloading WSFTP LE. FTPplanet.com, sponsored by Ipswitch, offers some of the best resources for learning about FTPing in a Windows environment.
  • FTP New Users Guide from FTPplanet.com provides an excellent introduction to file transfer protocol, with excellent tutorials, tips, and FAQs. 
  • Fetch was created and is maintained by Jim Matthews of Dartmouth Software Development. It's free for educators and students, and is a favorite FTP program for Macs. You can download a copy of Fetch from this page. 
  • Fetch Help is the official help page on using Fetch from Dartmouth Software Developers. These are text-only directions. 

  • Using Fetch by SUNY College at Oneonta's Academic Computer Services is an excellent and elegant set of directions that uses screen snapshots. 

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WWW Site Design 
  • Apple Web Design Guide was written by folks at Apple Computer and is based on the design principles they use on Mac's interface. This is a copy of that guide.
  • The Yale Style Manual is one of the most acclaimed style guides. It offers advice on everything from audience and purpose analysis to choosing a site structure.
  • Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com takes a usability approach to web design.
  • Introduction to Web Design (at WDVL)  by Selena Sol is a self-paced tutorial designed to take 3 half days. It begins with the history of the Web and ends with creating complex frames for your pages.
  • How to Build a Web Site with Free Stuff  by Alan Richmond offers advice on design and links to free software, scripts, graphics, and other goodies.
  • Thoughts on Web Design by Elliot Chabot is part giude, part design manual, and part how-to essay that begins with the essential question: what is your site about and who are your writing it for?
  • The Usable Web, a site maintained by Keith Instone, is exactly what it claims to be, "a collection of links about human factors, user interface issues, and usable design specific to the World Wide Web."

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Essays 
  • A Web Site Is a Harsh Mistress  by Diane Wilson offers a smart, no-nonsense approach on why someone might want to read your web page and on why you should consider that reader. See also her excellent Rules of Thumb for Web Design, which makes a nice companion piece.
  • Hints for Web Authors by Warren Steel offers good advice on how to see yourself as an author online. For beginners, the first half (parts 1, 2, and 3) of this brief essay will be more useful. The second half, on different versions of HTML, may prove less important, but are worth skimming. The piece concludes with very useful links.
  • Publishing on the Web Is Different, by Jukka Korpela, explains how the WWW differs from a book and explores the expanded role the reader has in controlling content.
     

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Web Site Reviews 

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