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First of all Fee iPage web hosting/no adverts, more than 1 domain to host? Hoping for any answer. Another question... Hi there I am deliberating about whether or not to change a tables iPage website to a frames and tables website. Does anyone have any general opinions in this area? Which is better?.

Also, what way do metatags work with frames - do you just tag the index page?.

Many thanks for any advice in advance...

Comments (6)

I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

I agree with Dr Web. Im not a fan of frames, they annoy me at the best of times, usually because people implementing them have forgotten to turn off scrollbars/remove borders etc etc. However, there have been occasions when I had to use them. As long as they are done correctly they are not massively annoying. However. Server Side Includes are a much better option in my opinion.

This also speeds up loading times as once a user has opened one page on your iPage site all the SSI files will be in cache and not need to be downloaded again...

Comment #2

My biggest gripe with frames is the way they mess up history and bookmarking of internal pages...

Comment #3

I like frames but there is a huge problem with them, maybe not for you. Skimming threads so far and I don't think this has been mentioned..

Search engines won't search your iPage site at all or properly. So if you are looking for traffic via a search engine then you will have no chance with frames. There are tricks around em but not worth the time if there is a better alternative. So think hard about the idea of having search engines look at your iPage site or not...

Comment #4

Frames were ok in about 97 but they are incredibly outdated and your iPage site will have a very poor search engine rating because of it - I know this from experience, I designed a iPage site in frames when I first began to develop websites. I removed the frames and my visits more than doubled in less than 2 weeks.

Some sites do however work well with sites - eg my local job iPage site uses frames but it relies on off net promotion to get hits.

Use server side includes instead..

Comment #5

Frames usually need some extra coding. Many visitors will arrive at your iPage website on one of your right-hand panels, but because they arrived from a SE result the panel will not be framed. You'll need some extra code to put the panel back in it's frame. Tables avoid this problem...

Comment #6

Iframs suck.

They are IE only (looks terrible in mozilla derivatives) so I wouldnt reccomend using them..

Comment #7


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.