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Pinch me. [Sep. 10th, 2004|05:08 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

We just got done with a meeting where one of my co-workers handed out beer. And I found out that my next project might involve getting rid of a splash page.


[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2004-09-10 03:20 pm (UTC)
Gladly :) *pinch*

A few summers ago, when I studying in Mexico City, beer was distributed during the last test...

And yay for getting rid of splash pages!
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2004-09-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
What's a spash page? I wanna know so that I can celebrate with you.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2004-09-10 09:09 pm (UTC)
This is the "click to enter" page that some websites make you sit through before accessing the main page. It's the book cover to a Web site. Splash pages are mostly unnecessary. I'll let Lindz discuss their evils in more depth, but here are some Helpful Examples:

A splash page could just mean a harmless graphic:

Perhaps an animation with audio:

Or perhaps:
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-09-10 11:47 pm (UTC)

Splash pages are bad because they put more fluff between the user and the content, and also because they index really poorly. (That's my bad, 2 a.m. explanation; I could probably explain better later.)

The problem is that our client wants the first page of their site to be more highly ranked on Google, but they also want to keep their Flash intro. (And, well, it really is kind of pretty.) Jason and Matt and I suggested that they do something like what Macromedia does on their site -- put the not-too-big Flash near the top, plenty of text below, CSS the whole thing, and ditch the splash page. And we'll have the intro play only once. Between the three of us, we were getting a little manic about the importance of doing it that way instead of the current way. Or maybe that was just me. I don't remember. The point is that I think we'll get to.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2004-09-10 11:12 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...in that situation I think I'd rather not be pinched :)

Please don't wake me
No don't shake me
Leave me where I am
I'm only sleeping...

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[User Picture]From: zerbie
2004-09-13 03:48 pm (UTC)
Hooray for getting rid of splash pages! I remember the deeply shameful days when my websites used to have them. Thank god I got over that.
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