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History Page

Viewing a Web site is like looking at a painting through a magnifying glass: a visitor never has more than a small view of the entire thing. Even worse, Web sites differ from paintings by changing over time. Without special assistance, it's a challenge for visitors to discover what has changed on a site since their last visit.

Therefore, create a page which lists recent changes to your site.

It's standard practice to list the changes in reverse chronological order, with the most recent changes easily visible at the top of the page.

A history page rewards return visitors, who are already familiar with your site and are interested in what changes have been made since their last visit. An active history page also shows that your site is a Living Site.

Last updated 8 July 2003
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