Frontpage Tips and Tricks, Creating a Website Outline in FrontPage

Using an Outline to Build your Website!

There’s no doubt that if you were to think back to your days in school, you may remember your teacher always telling you to write an outline before you started writing a paper. You may not have been listening, but you really should take her advice now.

It’s wise to map out your Web site before you start building it. One way to do that is to create an outline of the site using FrontPage’s Navigation view.

Here’s how:

  • First, you need an idea of what you want your Web site to be about. (Sounds simple, I know, but bear with me here.) Let’s say, for example, that your Web site is all about your family. So the home page, that’s the main page and the first one that your visitors will probably see, leads to all the other pages. You’ve decided that you want one of these pages to be about vacations, one about the kids, and one about the pets. Keep all that in mind as you go through these steps.
  • Now, go to the Navigation view and select File, New, Page.
  • A new page, called New Page 1, will appear under the Home Page icon. That means that you’ll want your visitors to link to this page directly from the home page. Let’s say that that’s your page about vacations.
  • Now you’ll need to add two more pages, one for the kids and one for the pets. There may be pages that should be under these new pages. Let’s say that each of your three kids wants his or her own page. So the kids’ page should have three pages under it.
  • Go to one of the new pages, it doesn’t matter which since you haven’t named them yet, and right-click on it.
  • From the pop-up menu that appears, choose New Page.
  • A new page will now appear one level down.
  • Add two more so you have a total of three.
  • To avoid confusion, you’ll want to go back and name each of these pages. Click on the name, that’s New Page 1, New Page 2, etc. of each page.
  • Highlight the name and then type in your own. When you’re ready to start working on your site, you can just double-click on the pages you’ve created in this outline and get right to work!

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