I enjoy postings from others about how to improve web sites (including SEO tips) and am offering my own blog on the inline frame feature that I have found so useful. This posting was inspired by Sue Argue's posting earlier today. Thanks Sue!
Frames hit the scene long ago and then pretty much flamed out due to issues of frames within frames plus search engines that didn't categorize them well. Then inline frames came along and though similar in concept, they are much different in usability. I maintain my own web site but am pretty limited in scripting abilities (Java, cgi, etc). In some cases I have found inline frames to be an easy alternative to scripting that can dramatically improve a web site in both functionality and appearance. I now use inline frames to allow the user to cycle through all my listing photos without leaving the web page. Please accept my use of a page from my website as an example of the usefulness of inline frames and not a shameless self-promotion of my listings.
First of all, I am using inline frames in this blog to show my website page which avoids having you leave ActiveRain and go to KauaiRocks. If you look further down the page to just past "Tour of Featured Properties", you will see my first listing entitled "Escape to a Private Paradise". I have several photos for this property and by clicking on a number on the bottom right of the listing, the photo displayed in the box changes which is pretty cool. I think those who are experts in scripting can probably set this up in Java or cgi but I'm not such an expert and in any case it's so simple using inline frames. This is much better than the crude approach I initially used (see following paragraph).
Before Inline Frames
Now compare the poor implementation in the second listing entitled "Convenient, Comfortable Halelani Village Condo". This one has not yet been converted to inline frames so what happens when you select a different image is that the primary web page is replaced by a page with only the new image. It does allow showing the other images but definitely is not classy or very functional and one must use the browser back button to return to the primary web page before selecting another image. Yuck, I'm embarassed I ever did it that way but it was all I knew at the time!
I continue to look forward to posting by others with tips and suggestions on websites. I've learned a lot from this community and my Google rank has improved considerably thanks to those of you who have shared your insight.
If anyone out there uses an outdated browser version that doesn't support inline frames, then the information that follows will be replaced by "Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames.". Messages like that should be a good incentive to go update your browser.
Inline Frame example from one of my web pages