To frame or not to frame


   I was having troubles with framing my website using visual web developer 2008 and so was looking around on this forum. It was surprising to see many negative comments about frames and to find out that XHTML doesnt even support frames. Now Im leaning towards not using frames. I want to have 3 different sections of my website:

A header with my company name

A side section where I can put links and maybe put advertisements later on (graphics)

A main section where all the real stuff shows up

 The problem is that Visaul Web developer doesnt support that kind of a design. For example, if i were to add a picture on the left side of the page, it wont let me add text right next to it. I would have to add text below it. Therefore I was going to use frames to support this kind of a site, but frames have major drawbacks and I still cant figure out how to create a frameset file with visual web developer. Can someone please help me out and let me know what I should do? Should I use frames? If so, how do I create a frameset file? Should I not use frames? If so, how do I put a pic or links on the left and still be able to put text on its right? (I am well versed with using panels, but again, I would have to have my text BELOW the panel instead of next to it)

 I have seen many good replies on this forum and hope that I get the same response. Thank you in advance for your time.

- Kevat Shah

2/20/2008 3:31:07 PM 91979 articles. 4 followers. Follow

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Use tables. With a combination of nested tables you can come up with whatever layout you want.

Plus, you can use Master Page to make your life easier with regards to the static content.

Alexei Fimine
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2/20/2008 4:20:17 PM

Hi Kevat,

One way you can accomplish this without using frames is to use CSS.  There are lots of good examples here

Hope this helps,


2/20/2008 4:23:10 PM

Thanks, I figured out how to make it work. Ive been messing around with master pages and they seem pretty helpful. As for the layput side, it was too detailed for my taste, but thanks anyways for the tip.

2/21/2008 1:19:57 AM

 Hi Kevat,

 I would suggest using both master pages as well as css to achieve what you want. ScottR27's link to css layout is a good start to learn about it. Although css can be difficult at times to set up, once it is done up well, maintaining the site design is a breeze.

2/21/2008 2:50:21 AM

Cool, thanks Scott and ngobw, I'll get started on CSS after midterms (first term medical, so im kinda freaking out about those right now). By the way, I had another question about buttons, page loading and passing data. Ive made a post about it in the Web Forms forum. I'd like if u can help me out with that. Once again, I really appreciate the help, thank you.

 Btw, what are the "point member" and number of points supposed to mean?

2/21/2008 8:38:18 PM

 From what I know, the points are what you get when you help to answer questions in this forum and with enough points, you might have access or privileges in this site. Sort of get users to come back often to contribute to this community.

2/22/2008 2:54:58 AM

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