Tips on Designing Web Pages
by Robin Williams
Two of the most important factors in good web design are repetition (consistency) and clarity. A visitor should never have to figure out how to use your navigation system, where they are in the site, or whether they are still in your web site or have jumped somewhere else.
Repeat certain visual elements on every page in your web site. This not only lets the visitor know they are still at your site, but also provides unity and continuity, intrinsic features of any good design.
The navigation buttons on your home page are often set up in a way that you can't repeat on other pages, perhaps because the buttons change once you get to sections of the site, or perhaps because the home page has such a different visual arrangement than the content pages. But once you get to content pages, the visitor should find the navigation in the same place, in the same order, with the same graphics. Not only does this make it easy for the visitor to find their way through your site, but it provides a unifying factor to the collection of pages.