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    Small 4 page websites

    Ok, i need to design a small website, 4 pages in total (give or take).

    Whats the best way of designing small websites? i.e layout issues etc.

    also do you know of any website were i can get inspiration for a design, or one that has clear and simple free web templates.



    cheers


    Jim

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    With only 4 pages you should make a link to each page on all 4 pages.

    And with only a few pages to worry about, you will find it easyer to develop a layout that looks good.

    I've made a site with about 5 pages and I did that with the logo at the top, links at the right and the content in the middle. And made some graphics for the top and right edges.

    Hope this help, some
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    there should really be no probs with 4 pages, but just plan it out early, if you expect it to grow then you will need to develop it differently.....

    otherwise, just take an approach as mentioned by the ninja....

    for templates you could check:

    www.freewebtemplates.com
    www.guistuff.com (i think they have some)

    there are plenty more, I just cant remember em....

    good luck

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    Like the others said with small 4 page sites you don't need to follow the usual standard of having the links down the left hand side. Just use you imagination.


    qamar

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    For such a small site you can use your creative juices, or try one from here...


    try here

    or here

    or even this one

    have fun..
    "If something is too hard,give it up. The moral my boy is too never try anything"
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    Talking ok thanks

    ok thanks all - what colour scheme would you recomend for a small site. It's a vintage toy collectors site (information site)

    the site is really just and extention of our leaflet (which has text, dates, and venues)

    any ideas

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    Reuse company colors from your leaflet or other company documents. Branding (keeping your website visually linked to a company or "brand") is very important in web design.

    Hope that helps,
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    get a readymade template as its a small site.. or if u have time. make a nice template and maybe have a small Flash intro for it,,
    Peace.

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    You might try www.freelayouts.com for some template ideas. That should get you started.

    Also a little trick for picking out a color scheme (if you're not using existing logo colors) is to take a picture of one of the vintage toys into PhotoShop and pick some colors that way. You might also try
    http://graphicdesign.about.com/library/color/blweb.htm

    This is a selection of web safe color combinations. That should at least get the juices flowing.

    Nicole Rhoads
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    I've always enjoyed the small sites; they offer you so much more time to tinker to get it just right.

    A small site I recently developed is the Brad - Kendra 2002 NDSU Campaign site. It sounds like you don't need to put a lot of info on it, so you should keep the overall design of your site small too; no need to make an elaborate link or sidebar.

    Definately take Goof's advice and use the style, images, and colors of the leaflet as your guide; no need to reinvent the wheel if you just need an online version of that doc.

    Good luck!
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