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I have seen lots of websites. They all look exactly alike in their basic layout. read more to find out what I am talking about.

A central banner with links to the site's focus points that takes up approx. one third of the viewing area.

The far left edge of the screen is a floating task bar that has all the familiar hot links to post, for instance, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and so on.

The center column, approx. a little more than a third of the entire screen area appears the same as a magazine or newspaper article with subheadings either in bold text or a slightly larger font size than the regular text.

The right hand column is initially filled with boxes of ads that run down the length of the page and below this there are several related links to the article's subject nature.

At the center and bottom of the page, directly below the article are comment sections and additional ads and/or links

The author of the article's avatar is usually situated in the right hand column near the top of the page where the article begins.

I visited several websites that use the same exact layout as if it were generated by automation.

The other websites have a very large banner that covers the entire screen of the computer and takes up almost the entire screen space when you first enter that site. Then there are artful banners and icons that relate to the other pages of the site by category such as HOME - ABOUT - CONTACT - FAQ - HELP etc.

The basic font used is usually Arial or Times New Roman.

The pages in most of these sites are no more than 3 columns centrally aligned.

The views or remarks or comments area are confined directly within the lower portion of a concluded article within the central column.

So far this is what I have noticed through basic observation.


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MegL wrote on February 4, 2016, 6:47 PM

Probably because they are all using the same Wordpress templates!

lookatdesktop wrote on February 4, 2016, 6:54 PM

It proves that a certain formula exists but then looking alike makes them less innovative and sometimes that could be a turn off to readers.

MegL wrote on February 4, 2016, 6:55 PM

There are a lot of WP templates available. It's nice to look through them to find one you like.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 4, 2016, 7:03 PM

I use a basic HTML editor that is included with my SeaMonkey browser suite. My personal Home Page is Just type it in a google search box. It will come up at the top. I designed my website when I was in highschool. I never changed it. In fact I have gone as long as a year without uploading any new files. It costs me about 11 dollars a month to get it hosted. And I use Sitemeter for free to record all visits to my pages so I can monitor the number of views. So far I only have my main page coded for Google analytics

MegL wrote on February 4, 2016, 7:14 PM

It looks good - clean, simple and clutter free.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 5, 2016, 12:43 PM

Glad you liked it. It was fun to create. I worked a long time at it until I was satisfied. I read a book called Sam's Teach Yourself HTML in 24 Hours before I even realized I could use the SeaMonkey browser's Composer to create the pages in my website.