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Disclaimer: this manual made freely available for all fellow web designers who wants to prosper as a worst webmasters ever seen on the Internet!
We also thank all those web designers who inspired us writing this page to make their work worth not to stumble on by others again.

We will be adding to this page when new examples of the "Greatest" web designs discovered on the Net!

Rule #1 Never read the manuals and/or HTML specific books....
Most important first: please never read HTML resources, manuals, updates, news or whatever may keep you up-to-date on the technical issues of the Web Design as this is for a small time designers who do not really know how to write a web page.
While most of those resources are free - you know exactly what you're doing and it would not be wise to spend time reading. However if one decides to read some materials of technical nature he/she does it at his/her own risk!

Rule #2 Always use the latest technology
Always use the latest HTML TAGs and make sure they're not supported by the previous version of any browsers. This is very important since this will ensure that you and your visitors will have the newest Browser version available installed on a computer. By using the latest tags you will support the latest software development all over the World.

Rule #3 Main page should be the Greatest and the heaviest!
Main page of your site must have as many images (animated gifs are the best), flash files and buttons linked to all browsers available in the World. Remember, those browsers must be required to view your pages. It also gives a very good impression to your visitors about your knowledge of the modern Internet. But please remember also that browser links must lead to the main page of the company (as Netscape or Microsoft), not to the browser download page. This way your visitor will have the opportunity to learn more about the other web sites and their structures.

Rule #4 Use as many big images as possible
If you're using images rarely and they're small in size and resolution - you're behind in modern Web design and image art. If you can not make a big image in size - try to make it wider, higher, use more colors and less compression. And dpi resolution over 300dpi can do the trick. Do not mind 72dpi resolution.
All of the above will ensure the proper load of all servers and routers on the Internet.
Remember one thing: Quality number one in all kinds of work and that is something your visitors are willing to pay by waiting extra minute or five, even though they wouldn't see the difference.

Rule #5 Imagemap navigation rules
Imagemap navigation is the best especially if the image size is more than 50Kb. Do not even think of text links in addition to the main navigation by Imagemap. This may have bad consequences i.e. visitor will click on the link before main Imagemap image loads completely and you've spent so much time and effort in making your image beautiful. Do not mind text browsers, they probably won't show your links from the Imagemap but once again we've decided to keep visitors up-to-date on the latest browsers, didn't we?

Rule #6 JavaScript, Java and JavaApplets
Java is the language of the future - Today!!! What else can we say?!
Every modern web site must have at least one flavor of Java present, although two would work better and all of them is the top notch! Java use will ensure that all those Netscape browsers will probably halt in a minute or two and most likely force your visitors switch to the IE (if there is still computer resources available) or if browser of choice was an IE in 5 to 6 pages computer of your visitors will run dry on resources and memory. Your favorite computer store down the block should pay you royalties on sold memory and CPUs.

Another issue about Java that should be strongly considered - your site navigation must require JavaScript or Java turned on. Imagemap navigation must use Java stuff as well. No visitor should have their Java panel shut down.
When you write Java program, make an error or two on purpose so your visitors will learn your Java source VIA error thrown by the browser.

Rule #7 About FrontPage and WYSIWYG editors -> Very IMPORTANT!
Now when you've learned about the size of your images and Java programs you MUST know that all your pages MUST be written in FrontPage or at least in WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors. This is A MUST thing!!!
Not only using FrontPage will ensure proper HTML formatting but you would be able to hide huge images in visually small size. Just resize the big image for it to appear as you like and visitors will enjoy seeing a small image loading in 5 to 10 minutes on their T1 backbone connected machine (never mind 56K connected machines)...
Besides images FrontPage gives you unprecedented ability to insert extra tags ignored by most of the browsers but those tags are required in order to make your page source look professional and complicated so if someone dares to steal your page - they will never be able to find your copyright notice in the source to remove it. So your page is protected from theft.
If you ever decide to update/change your page in FP - your page will be more protected as your source getting bigger even if you change just one bite of information. In a few changes even a small page will grow to a real page size and everybody could tell - this page was built by the professional web designer.

One of the greatest issues about most of the WYSIWYG editors is that they would insert charset META TAG for you automatically (so you do not even have to think about it) and this will ensure that loaded page will re-load a second time after it was already loaded. What a nice feature! Especially if most of your visitors have the same charset on their computers and if the visitor has different charset - he/she will see unreadable screen of characters anyway. It's a win-win situation.
We call HTML editor created web pages a top gun programming and everybody should use it as your visitors will appreciate your HTML skills and most likely will never return to your page next time they go online.

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