General website layout
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If you need to know where things are and how to get to them if they are not where you thought they would be, then this article will help you a lot. It basically divides our website as you see it in your browser into areas which are then discussed in more detail. You will know where menu items are going to display their content when you click them and which things can generally be found in the same place at all times.

Most of us quickly learn the lesson that you should not click on unexplained mystery buttons or unclear image links on websites because most of the time they lead you to where you did not want to be and then even just getting back to where you were proves to be a challenge all of its own. Well our website is 99.9% add free and we try to put nothing on here that will lead you to strange places where you start hearing your mother's voice hissing warnings of ultimate demise. Here we have fun and you can click on any link knowing you are on your way to getting even more positive creative inspiration. We will try to explain what most parts of our website contains and what will happen if you click something in that area. The image below illustrate how we divided the site up to help you visually identify each area we refer to further down, so click it up and keep it around because without it the rest is pretty confusing.

Website Layout Representation
This is a representation of the most important areas of our website that is always visible. You can use this image to visually identify which areas or items we refer to in the rest of this article. Graphical items like our logo and decorations have been removed for clarity.

Website header
Our website header is used to give you important information about your current status as a user and provide you with quicker and easier ways to do remedial tasks. It currently contains two tools:

  • The user login status area displays your username and avatar when you are logged in. This is a very convenient way to see immediately after each page refresh if you are still logged in. Sometimes you might read an article for quite some time and when you navigate away from the article it may be to a free article. Without this visual representation of your login status you would then not know that your session has expired while you were reading the previous article.
  • The quick access toolbar has buttons to items usually only found on the website menu. None of these toolbar buttons will refresh the page you are on until you click on a link or submit button in their respective popups, so you can click them one by one to see what they do if you like. Accessing remedial functions like login and search through the toolbar buttons usually saves you an initial page refresh. For instance clicking the toolbar search button will allow you to search and immediately display the results when the page has refreshed, but using the website menu there is an initial refresh to navigate to the search page, and then another refresh to display the results. On slow connections this can be very cumbersome. Note that if your browser does not support JavaScript or it is disabled in its settings, these buttons will default to working exactly like their counterparts on the website menu.

Logo area
Nothing much happens in the logo area, accept our logo is displayed here graphically.

Website menu
The website menu contains important links that allows you to perform functions that affects or reacts to the entire website like logging in or searching for a specific item. The quick access toolbar discussed above contains some of the links of this menu to make them even more accessible. This menu is more stable than the quick access toolbar, because it uses no JavaScript and will display and function correctly in most - if not all - browsers.

Left panel area
The left panel area contains mostly menus and then some 'other stuff', that will be displayed visually in the same fashion. Since the 'other stuff' changes from time to time there is no benefit in discussing them here, but they are for the most part self-explanatory so you will be able to figure out what's going to happen when you click them. What is important are the menu blocks. These menu blocks are your road map to the articles on our site. They are constructed to resemble the sections and categories our articles are divided into. The Free Articles menu block to the left of this article is a good example, where the section name 'Free Articles' is printed on the blue strip as a heading and the category names are links underneath it. When you select a category link from one of these menu blocks all articles in that category will be displayed - in blog format sorted by date - in the main article display area. From here you then select the article you wish to read by clicking on the 'read' button just below it. Searching is sometimes a better way to find articles, so give it a try.

Main article display area
This is where your articles will be displayed in one form or another depending on your current selections. For the most part this is the only part of the website that changes with every refresh of the browser. For articles there is three modes. The first two modes are interchangable from the menu above the list, but by default the blog layout is shown. To swop to the list layout you will need to click the 'list layout' button in the navigation toolbar just above the article list:

  • Blog layout displays all articles in the category currently selected in a menu block. This mode shows you the most important information about each article, and a short intro paragraph to explain what it is about. To view the full article you will need to click the 'read' link below it. The blog layout will list only 10 articles per page if there are many articles in the selected category, with the usual navigation toolbar above the list.
  • List layout displays all articles in the category currently selected in a menu block. This mode only shows you the most important information about each article. To view the full article you will need to click the article name. Unlike the blog layout you can list all articles in a category on one page, and even filter for a specific word or phrase in the article titles.
  • Article layout displays an actual article. After you have read an article you can return to the blog layout by clicking the browser's back button (recommended), or clicking on the same category link in the menu block to return to the beginning of the blog list.

Website footer
In the footer we display legal information and other important links from time to time.

Well there you have it, our website in a nutshell. We hope this article has been helpful to you and also guided you towards easier ways to do some tasks.