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[web] To Frames or not to frames?

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I am creating a site and have run into a dillema in which I am wondering if frames is the best solution. Basically, I have content on the left part of the site that I don't want to change when the text on the right side of the page changes, because the content on the left side is a scrolling picture slideshow, which should not be reloaded (which would restart the slideshow). Is there some better solution than frames? And will the use of frames hurt my position in search engine results or anything like that? Thanks

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Is there some better solution than frames?

You can always use Dynamic javascripts or of its kind to create slide shows.
(If the things on the right is just simple text that is)
But, in your case, I think frames may be appropriate.
I personally try my best to avoid frames because they fragment the flow of the website design.

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And will the use of frames hurt my position in search engine results or anything like that?

I'm not sure but I think it does, because only the right side of the frame has the text and thus only the right side will be caught by crawlers. (the side with text)

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You can use a fixed-position CSS element to keep that item static while the rest of the page scrolls. You will lose a bit of backwards compatibility however.

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Yes, frames will definetly hurt your SE rankings. Frames are as bad as they can get for SEO. It's funny that so many people don't realize that yet (was one of those myself just a few months ago.) The only thing frames should be considered for today is an E-commerce.

There are of course things you can do to top up your results, but it's complicated and wont get you very far compared to a table / css static design.

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Frames are easier to use than CSS/javascript or, behold, AJAX things. If you are using dynamic pages (Perl/PHP/ASP/RubyOnRails/Python/whatever), the CSS solution might be just as easy (and is recommended by W3C).

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