> -----Original Message----- > From: Joel Konkle-Parker [mailto:jjk3 at msstate.edu] > Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2002 9:06 PM > To: TheList > Subject: [thelist] Single- or multiple-page articles? > > > I'm interested in your thoughts on whether online articles (reviews, > etc) are better represented as one long page, or as multiple shorter > pages. Any thoughts? Both from the perspective of the reader, and > that of the webmaster. >From a user's perspective (specifically, mine): Surprisingly, I actually don't mind when articles are broken up, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. 1. Don't make each page one paragraph. Nice, solid amounts of writing on each page. 2. DO NOT insert pure advertising pages between each page of the article. I think 3 or 4 medium-length pages are somewhat easier to read than one huge page, myself; this is obviously something that would benefit from actual objective testing. One long page isn't really all that much faster to load than several smaller pages (as long as you keep the overhead from nav bars etc. manageable) since reused images will be cached etc. >From a webmaster's perspective, I don't see why one large page would make linking easier; you still only need link to one page (the first page of the article) and that page can link to the other pages itself. It does give you a chance at more ad revenue. It also can save on bandwidth; if a user reads the first paragraph and decides they're not interested in the article after all, they never download the other 3/4ths of the article, whereas with a long article it's an all-or-nothing deal. Sites like the Tech Report (http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2002q2/parhelia/index.x?pg=1) and Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/guide/flatpanel/flatpanels-1.html) both do the multi-page thing and, IMO, do it well (Ars slightly moreso than TR).