To Frame Or Not To Frame - Should Frames Be Used On Websites?
Before getting into
why we should or shouldn't use frames on a website, lets
first evaluate why frames were created. Frames were created
in a time when internet connection speeds were slow and
you had to pay for each minute you were online. So by using
frames, it was possible to separate portions of webpages
that didn't need to be reloaded from page to page. This
saved the amount of data downloaded, which in-turn decreased
the amount of time spent online. But today in age, internet
connections cost pennies and some companies will even give
you free internet, so we are not worried about money or
time spent online, so the main reason behind the creation
of frames has vanished. This rest of the article will discuss
the disadvantages of using frames and why web designers
shouldn't use them.
Navigation - The main reason
why individuals use frames, is to separate the navigational
menu from the content of the website so that it (the
navigational menu) is not repeatedly loaded when moving
between the different pages of a website. Lets say that
a person visited a search engine and entered in a query
and one of the framed pages on a website is displayed.
When the person clicks on the link, the framed page
is displayed without the navigational menu frame page.
This means that the person can't go anywhere else in
the website and will be forced to leave the website.
problem, it will not solve the problem 100% as what
Search Engine - Another disadvantage
of using frames occurs when your website is being indexed
by search engines. A few search engines recognize frames
and will follow the frame links to the other pages of
your website, but there are some search engines that
don't recognize frames and that means that they will
only index the frame page. For the search engines that
do recognize frame pages, many webmasters don't place
the required importance to the frame page and many entries
in search engines have bad titles and descriptions because
Browser - Even though all the new browsers do support frames, the older
versions of these browsers don't. So individuals using these old browsers will not be able
to view websites using frames.
The point that is being
emphasized, is that good web designers should create websites
that can be viewed by all visitors, whether or not the visitor's
The best means of improving your designing skills is to
imitate the best and to read alot.