Have You Been Framed?

September 25, 2007 by Jim Weisz

Free your website from frames
I’ve mentioned frames a few times in past columns but haven’t gone in-depth about why frames are bad and why you should make sure your website doesn’t use frames. Here’s some information for why you want to avoid frames:Some search engines don’t recognize pages that use frames.
Some browsers don’t render a frames page properly so the page will look weird to people looking at it with some browsers.
From the Google help center: “Frames can cause problems for search engines because they don’t correspond to the conceptual model of the web. In this model, one page displays only one URL. Pages that use frames display several URLs (one for each frame) within a single page. If Google determines that a user’s query matches the page as a whole, it will return the entire frame set. However, if the user’s query matches an individual frame within the larger frame set, Google returns only the relevant frame. In this case, the entire frame set of the page will not appear.”
It’s old technology. Years ago frames was the main way websites kept their navigation structure separate from the rest of the website to make for easier updating. Now, there are many other options like PHP and ASP.
Frames pages can limit the flexibility of what you can do with your design.
Questions
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Website reviews

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http://www.sweetsoundsdj.com

Good:

Location, phone & e-mail right at the top of every page.
Nice pictures on the home page.
Flash testimonials are nice (just slow it down a little….went too fast).
Suggestions:

Shrink the ‘Sweet Sounds Entertainment’ graphic on the home page by about 75%.
Right now, you have to scroll down quite a bit to get to any text. Try shrinking the graphic and pictures and do a text wrap so the images show up next to the text.
Drop the picture on the top of the weddings page and start with the text about weddings (same with the parties page & FAQ page).
Add a bio page.
Add a pictures page.
http://www.a1dj.net

Good:

Location & phone at the top of every page.
Professional looking design.
Impressive list of country clubs & hotels as well as corporate referrals.
Nice music suggestions and very neatly organized.
Suggestions:

Allow users to click on pictures on the schools page to see larger versions.
No ‘call-to-action.’ While you have your phone number all over your website, how many people are visiting from work where they can’t call? Or what about people who just want to see if you’re available?
Copyright information at the very bottom of the music page is much larger than the other pages.
When someone clicks on the ‘Clients’ button why not take them right to the login page instead of making them click another link?
Add a bio(s) page.
Vendor links currently open in the same window. You want them to open in a new window so if they click on the links when they’re done looking at that site they’ll end up back at your site.
Jim Weisz has been a DJ since 1999, primarily serving the wedding and school dance markets. Jim is originally from Chicago, having lived there until relocating to Dallas in 2003 to take a position with JonesTM (formerly TM Century). Jim has spoken at several national DJ conventions about websites and has also written more than a dozen articles for Mobile Beat magazine about websites and a variety of other topics. Jim can be reached at jim@discoverydjs.com.

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Jim Weisz has been DJing since 1999, primarily serving the wedding and school dance markets. Jim is originally from Chicago and lived there until relocating to Dallas in 2003 to take a position with TM Studios (formerly TM Century). Jim has spoken at numerous DJ conventions about websites and marketing online and has also written dozens of articles for Mobile Beat magazine about websites and a variety of other topics. Jim can be reached at jim@discoverydjs.com.


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