Photo: a bell and a whistle. A site gag for the many features of web sites available.

Available Site Features

There is a dizzying array of 'bells and whistles' one can build into a web site. Here is a partial list to give you some ideas.

  • add-to-favorites button
  • alt text for graphics - help blind visitors and search engines
  • animated logo
  • animation (gif, rollover, DHTML, flash)
  • audio clips, effects - radio ads, for example
  • automatically updating headlines
  • banner ads
  • blog page - easily updateable online journal
  • breadcrumbs - helps you know where you are in a site
  • change format styles button
  • columns; boxes, other layout formats
  • contact-us form
  • customer feedback/order form
  • description meta tag - the text people will see in a search engine listing
  • distinctive, practical, attractive look and feel
  • email links
  • forum - allows anyone in a public or private group to leave messages for all, and respond to existing ones
  • FTP feature for site - allows clients to upload files to your site which are too big for email
  • graphics – created and/or simply optimized
  • graphs
  • 'guess what?' notice to folks using non-compliant browser on how to upgrade, as they can’t see all the features of a standards-compliant site
  • guest book / message board
  • headings, content, quotations – i.e. semantic structure
  • hidden help for search engines (meta tags, etc.)
  • interactive animation
  • links to other pages/media
  • logo or title
  • meta tags – include hidden but important information for search engines, including copyright, date, keywords, etc.
  • navigation links, possibly animated
  • PDF files (printable by most computers)
  • privacy statement - let visitors know what you plan to do with information they give you
  • rich media (interactive still and animation integrated with video and text.)
  • rotating content - changes on a regular basis
  • search field
  • search site feature
  • secure email system
  • send-to-a-friend button
  • shopping cart system - for purchase of items from an online catalogue
  • site maps - help people and search engines find all the pages on your site
  • style sheets - centralized formating instructions for your site text and layout
  • tables - for data presentation and sometimes for layout
  • text - crisp, informative, error-free
  • title - clarifies the subject of a page, helps search engine index your site
  • updatable table data - dynamically changes to reflect new content of a database
  • user-updatable page content
  • version control - redirect for other languages, browsers, etc.
  • video
  • virtual tours - for example, slideshows and 360-degree panoramas