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Color, graphic images, and animation are part of a design of some Web pages. A good combination of these Web page artifacts produces a great user experience. Discuss the critical issues with colors (e.g., combination, texture, etc.), images (e.g., size, format, etc.), and animation (e.g., distraction, appropriateness, etc.) when designing Web pages. Provide a total of two examples of Websites that demonstrate the ideal and imperfect use of the following: colors,images, and animation.

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Search engine, directories, yellow pages and portals

These are some of the most popular types of web sites in the world. Some search engine companies, like Google or Gigablast, prefer to keep their homepage simple and stress on only one service, while Yahoo! and MSN have a more "portal" like look via which many services are pushed to the surfer like email, news etc.

The portal look provides a broader platform for the company to promote their different services but it also fragments the visitors.

Classified directories and yellow pages web sites list businesses (both online and offline) segregated into different categories or geographic locations. These may also include an internal search engine that helps users quickly locate information.

Information web sites

These are the types of web sites are dedicated to the purpose of providing information - whether free or paid. These information web sites might be catering to a niche industry or be wider in their scope because of which they can be labelled as "news portals". Information web site can also contain updated time tables, TV guides, reference material, sports data (like cricket scores), weather and stock data.

Personal web sites


Personal web sites can contain any kind of information and are usually administered by a single individual who can choose whatever to put online.

Any one can now create a web site using online free hosting accounts that might also offer pre-made templates that are like ready-to-go web sites, or with free and commercial versions of WYSIWYG HTML editors like Frontpage, DreamWeaver etc

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