Web Design Tip – This is the End…
…my only friend, the end. Sorry – I slipped into a Doors song there for a moment. The end I mean is a footer.
A footer is separate from the main body of information and is located at the bottom of a page. Footers are commonly seen in printed material and word processing documents. They are usually the same from page to page, with only small differences in information, such as the page number changing.
Footers are also used on web pages. They are a great way to indicate to the viewer that they have reached the bottom of the page and to scroll no further.
What type of information should be included in a web page footer? Well, that’s up to you, the web designer, to decide. However, since the footer is on every page, you want the information to be helpful and useful such as contact information or text links to other areas of the site.
For example, if your site is a business site and you want to give your contact info, it could look something like this:
123 Main Street – Your Town, USA – 1-800-555-5555 – Email Link
The content of this type of footer depends on how much contact information you want to give out. You can just provide an email link if you like. It’s up to you.
Your footer could contain text links to the rest of the site. This type of footer is nice because once the viewer reaches the bottom of the page they can just click a link and go to another page on your site without having to scroll back up to the top of the page.
Next time you’re surfing the web, check out the different type of footers on the web sites you frequent. I’m sure you’ll find that they are as varied as the sites themselves.