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Site Design Problems (Banner and Tables)
Have questions regarding the banner and tables
clubbuilder




msg:937002
 9:23 am on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

I am having issues with the design of my new website.

My question is about all the sites, that have banners with links on the image of the banner, and tables on the left and right side of the page. Here are a couple of examples:

<snip>(tables on sides)
<snip> (banner)
<snip> (this banner is similair in design to, what I am trying to achieve. It has many bars)

***(these are not my sites, they are just examles of sites I see all over the net today. I am also not trying to copy any of their work. I am only interested in the design format)

Am I missing something? I have Frontpage 2003 and Adobe Photoshop, but I cannot figure out how many of the websites are designing these tables.

Question 1: What type of editor do I need to create these type of layouts?

Question 2: The banner with links is also confusing. I do know how to create an image in Photoshop, and then add a hotspot for a link in Frontpage. These hotspots do not have the ability to change color or flash when you cross over them. Am I going about this the wrong way? Is there an easier way (wywsig)?

Question 3: When I do figure out how to create my banner, how do I get it to change sizes with each different computers screen size? And how do I get my image not to change with these different sizes? My banner located here: <snip> stays the same size, but does not go to the edge of my monitor. You can see it looks stretched, it was meant to look like this: <snip> I am trying to create a banner that goes to the edge of each monitor that is surfing the site.

Sorry for so many questions but I seem to be missing something, that everybody else knows!

[edited by: engine at 12:04 pm (utc) on Jan. 3, 2006]
[edit reason] TOS [webmasterworld.com] [/edit]

 

Leosghost




msg:937003
 10:20 am on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

You need to read the TOS [webmasterworld.com] ..however before if you have your edit button available take out all your posted links ( before a mod does )..and then you'll have more chance of getting some help ..

You need to make your tables "liquid" and specify your banner sizes in percentages ..a banner that goes all the way across is at 100% ..actually 96% is better

and you really ought to have posted here [webmasterworld.com]

maybe engine ( rogerd should be asleep :) or another admin can move the thread over?

clubbuilder




msg:937004
 4:51 pm on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Leosghost,

Thank you for the help, I will see if I can put your advice to use.

About the rules, I put post in this area, because the heading said, "Design Problems". After I posted then I realized I may be in the wrong area. Sorry, it was late, and I thought I was in the right post. Unfortunately, I didn't know how to move the post after submitted.

Leosghost




msg:937005
 5:43 pm on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you want a fast loading "nav bar" to look like it's part of your banner ..make a table cell the same size under the banner one ..fill it with the same background color as your banner ..divide it into the number of columns that you need buttons ..add the button text as centered contrasting colour text links into each cell ..

( before the others jump in with the "yuk" )

This is not the most elegant solution nor the best by far ..but as I suspect you are just beginning? ..it will get you going ..then you can do more "cool"

The other thing is to look at the "source code" of the pages that you like to see how they actually do what you like .

I would also use something other than frontpage if you want a wysiwyg ..( but thats just me and 90% of other folks ;)..

I see all the admins and mods for this "cat" are in the bar or on the phone today ;)

clubbuilder




msg:937006
 6:14 pm on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Leo,

Thank you very much, that is what I am looking for. I have been designing for about 1.5 years (have 3 websites), but they don't look very professional.

Don't want to pay to have this done, as I can learn to do anything myself, plus I like the control of being able to edit.

Have a free WYWIG editor you recommend other than Frontpage?

Leosghost




msg:937007
 8:05 pm on Dec 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

free?..wysiwyg ..dont know one that works ..there was a thread here [webmasterworld.com] but it didn't get rave reveiws ;)

Text editor... notetab lite ( free ) or pro (paid ) well worth the money ..( hi Bill :)..

Dreamweaver is the only reliable wysiwyg that doesnt add too many extras to your code ..expensive but worth the outlay as it's faster than hand coding for forgetfull folks ( having to remember all those tags etc can be a bit much some times ..purists will disagree ..they may even post ..? ;)..

You might be able to pick up a used copy of DW MX for less than the sticker price of version 8

You can find pagemill for free..writes weird code though ..like frontpage does lots ..of "maker" only stuff..

clubbuilder




msg:937008
 3:22 am on Dec 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks again. I have Dreamweaver as well, but seems complicated. I will do this in dreamweaver.

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