An example of a layout sketch.
After you've sketched a map of your site, it's time to start sketching a common layout for each of your pages.
You could start designing the page layout using FrontPage, but we recommend keeping it on paper at this point. Pencil and paper can be easier to change, as we noted before, but it's also handy to compare different layout sketches side by side.
Some of the things you will want to consider as you are sketching the layout are:
- Should your site have a header and footer that's common to each page?
- Should your site have a consistent method of navigation on each page?
- Do you have any marketing requirements that must be fulfilled? For example, should you stick to certain fonts and color schemes?
- Does your site need any legal requirements, like a copyright notice?