Web pages and Web sites can be static pages, or can be programmed to be dynamic pages that automatically adapt content or visual appearance
depending on a variety of factors, such as input from the end-user, input from the Webmaster or changes in the computing environment (such as the site's
associated database having been modified).
With growing specialization within communication design and information technology fields, there is a strong tendency to draw a clear line between web
design specifically for web pages and web development for the overall logistics of all web-based services.
A web site is a collection of information about a particular topic or subject. Designing a web site is defined as the arrangement and creation of web
pages that in turn make up a web site. A web page consists of information for which the web site is developed. A web site might be compared to a book, where
each page of the book is a web page.
There are many aspects (design concerns) in this process, and due to the rapid development of the Internet, new aspects may emerge. For non-commercial
web sites, the goals may vary depending on the desired exposure and response. For typical commercial web sites, the basic aspects of design are:
The content: The substance and information on the site should be relevant to the site and should target the area of the public that the website is
The usability: the site should be user-friendly, with the interface and navigation simple and reliable.
The appearance: the graphics and text should include a single style that flows throughout, to show consistency. The style should be professional,
appealing and relevant.
The visibility: the site must also be easy to find via most, if not all, major search engines and advertisement media.
A web site typically consists of text and images. The first page of a web site is known as the Home page or Index. Some web sites use what is commonly
called a Splash Page. Splash pages might include a welcome message, language or region selection, or disclaimer. Each web page within a web site is an HTML
file which has its own URL. After each web page is created, they are typically linked together using a navigation menu composed of hyperlinks. Faster browsing
speeds have led to shorter attention spans and more demanding online visitors and this has resulted in less use of Splash Pages, particularly where commercial
web sites are concerned.
Once a web site is completed, it must be published or uploaded in order to be viewable to the public over the internet. This may be done using an FTP
client. Once published, the web master may use a variety of techniques to increase the traffic, or hits, that the web site receives. This may include submitting
the web site to a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, exchanging links with other web sites, creating affiliations with similar web sites, etc.