Trellian WebPage - Tips

Quick start information

Follow these steps to create a basic page

  1. Create a new page Click on the WebPage menu icon and select New to create a new page.
  2. Set the page properties Click on the View menu and select Properties. In the Meta Tags section, enter a page title, description and a few keywords. (None of the meta tag fields are compulsory so feel free to leave some or all blank).

    In the Appearance section, select a default font type and size to use on the page.

    To set a background color, select a color by clicking the ... button next to the color field.

    To set a background image, select an image by clicking the ... button next to Image field. Select the image repeat options.

    To set page margins, enter the margin values (in pixels) into the margin fields.
  3. Enter a heading/title Enter a heading for your page and format the font accordingly.
  4. Enter page content Enter the content for your page. eg. text, images and any other content you wish to provide.
  5. Preview the page Click on the Preview button to preview your page. To preview the page in a web browser, click on the WebPage menu icon and select Preview in browser, and choose a web browser. Make any changes, if necessary.
  6. Export the page If you linked to images or other files on your computer, the export function will place all the files in a single folder. This makes uploading much easier. To export the page, click on the WebPage menu icon and select Export Page. Enter a file name for your exported page. Most web servers require that your page is called index.htm, index.html, home.htm or other variations. You may need to check with your web hosting company.
  7. Upload / publish the page To publish your page, click on the WebPage menu icon and select Publish. WebPage will create a folder based on the file name you entered when exporting. eg. If the file name was "flowers.htm" the folder will be called "flowers_files".
  8. Check your page Visit your page on line to check that it has uploaded correctly.

Site design tips

Title/logo
A title and logo are usually situated at the top of the page. The title should be large enough to stand out from the rest of the page. An example of a title would be "John Smith Plumbing".

Navigation
  • If you are creating a web site that contains more than one page, you will need to create links to the other pages on your website. These links are referred to as "navigation". The navigation links can be plain text links, or you can use different images for each page (link) by adding a link to the image.
  • Some common placement for the navigation links are horizontally underneath the title, or vertically down the left or right side of the page. Tables are commonly used to organise and display the layout of the page. It is also common to list the navigation links along the very bottom of the page in plain text.
  • Each page should have an easily accessible link back to the home (main/index/starting) page.
  • The navigation should be in the same location on every page.

Color schemes
While a hot pink and lime green web page may appeal to you, it is important to pick a color scheme that is easy on the eye, and will not offend the majority of visitors.

Page content
  • Try not to put too many large images or videos on a page, as there are many people who are still using dial up (very slow) connections to the Internet. If a page takes too long to load, visitors may give up and go elsewhere.
  • Break up large blocks of text into paragraphs. Too much text in a large block can be difficult to read may put off some visitors.
  • Most visitors will read the first few sentences on the page before deciding whether the site is useful and they will stay on the site, or if they will leave. Make sure the first paragraph contains the important information that you wish to convey to your visitors.
  • Don't use a small font. By using a small font, you may deter visitors who are unable to read your page content.
  • While a Flash movie on the index page may look great, its important to remember that not all visitors will have the required Flash plugins installed. This also applies to other plugins such as video and audio codecs, and Javascript.