A word to the wise...

Frames are not recommended for todays web pages. While modern browsers can read frames, older browsers cannot. Therefore most sensible business pages are written without them. Besides the fact that most people say they are annoying, if you have some customers with older browsers, they simply cannot read what you have to say! In fact, if your browser cannot read them, you would have seen a notice and would have been sent here without the frame. This is the only page you would be seeing. The frame to the left would not be there. Of course, if the webmaster doesn't put that option in, you wouldn't be here at all.

Now, you might say that older browsers are fading away and you really shouldn't worry about it that much. Well, you're right. In a year or two, I would say that all browsers will be able to read frames. So why not use them? Glad you asked! (It's so easy to make me happy) It seems, on the surface, that they would be much more efficient. After all, you can update your pages and change them to your hearts desire and still have the links right in front of the user.

So why not use them? Uh… sorry, you already asked that, didn't you? (Boy, is my face red!) Anyway, with a business page you need to keep the user in mind. If you have 2 or 3 pages… maybe you could get away with it. But if you only have 2 or 3 pages, why would you need frames in the first place? If you have dozens of pages how does the user find what they want when they return? If they bookmark the page on your site they want, it turns out that when they come back, they get the main page. So, they have to run through everything to find what they found interesting on their first visit. So, in an effort to make it easier for the user, you complicate it for them. Yes, you can bookmark an individual frame page, but you have to know how. Does your user? And if they do, when they come back they only see the page they have bookmarked. No links, no frames, unless you have links on every page as well as the frame. But that brings up the original question. Why use frames in the first place?

While we can build you a frame page if you so desire, remember that they are a little more complicated and therefore more expensive. A basic frame page contains three separate pages. (This one has four) The frame page itself, (Which you don't see. Think of it as a "control" page.) the left frame, (which is page two) and the page you see this text on. (page three). And on top of that, we would have to build another entirely different page(s) for the older browsers. So that's a total of 5 pages, minimum, for a one page site. Where did I get 5? Cool! You're paying attention! You will also need one page to re-direct an older browser to a non-frames page.

Of course, you may have the page divided on top instead of to the left. Or both (as this one is) or even more, for that matter. But keep in mind, the more you divide the page, the smaller the main area gets.

Wow! That was lots of words to the wise, wasn't it? Hey, I was on a roll.

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