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Designing Your Website

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Defining Website Areas

Websites, like magazine articles or print brochures, are laid out using a certain structure that makes it easier for visitors to view your site and find the information that they need. A typical website has the following areas:

Header or banner is a region of your website that appears at the top of every page. This is a prominent area of your site where you would place important information about yourself or your business.

Navigation Bar is an area of your website that visitors use to move from one page to another. A navigation bar typically appears at the top or on the left-hand side of most websites and contains links to pages within your site or external links to other websites.

Page Content is the main area of your website where you would place most of your content, including text and images. This area can be further organized into rows and columns of information.

Footer is a region of your website that appears at the bottom of every page. This is a good place to put your contact and copyright information as well as to provide secondary navigation options.

Background is the area behind your website. You can use color, images or textures to customize your site background.

Sidebar is different from your navigation bar and provides additional space that can be repeated across multiple pages of your site. This is a good place to put a call to action that you want your visitors to take such as subscribing to your newsletter, for example.

You can edit the appearance of various areas of your website using options available under the Design & Layout tab in the Website Builder Tool.

Figure A. Website Areas under Design & Layout Tab

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If you modify any of the website areas, you will be prompted to apply the changes to the current page or the entire website. In general, it is a good idea to keep the header, footer, navigation and background consistent across all pages of your site.

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