The following are some sample web sites, displaying a variety of styles, forms of navigation, and levels of complexity. This page is also an example; an example of the very simplistic style. Bear in mind that "simplistic" does not mean "bad," but more often means "functional." Google is an excellent example of a simple, yet functional page. Google is used very frequently, and as a means to an end, as opposed to Google's own content, so it is made to load quickly and be easy to use. Other web sites, such as eBay or Amazon are more complicated, but due to the sheer amount of content those sites possess. There are many "tricks" that can be used in web design to catch the reader's attention, but too much will drive them away. Functionality is most important.

This is only one web page, with zero images. The only non-standard component it has is the JavaScript causing the "New Window" links to the sample web pages to open in new windows; that way, the sample pages can be navigated freely, and then they can be closed to return to this page and look at the others. A web page in this bare-bones style is functional, yet drab.

Baby Hanger (New Window) has one page, one image, and no links. This is another example of functionality and clean design. There is little content, so anything fancy would get in the way. The background color is non-standard, however, in order to make it a little more interesting.

Kitten Kourtyard (New Window)is much fancier. It consists of five web pages, with many images, and a navigation bar along the left side. The links change color when the mouse moves over them. The images are more plentiful than for most applications, but almost all are quite small in file size; most are under 5k. This keeps the web page from loading painfully slow. The design is orderly and easy to navigate.

ViruSoft, Inc. (New Window)shows that web pages can be fancier. The color scheme consists mainly of red and black, a choice too active for most situations, but it fits in this case. When the mouse moves over a link, the image to the left of the navigation bar changes, the link changes color, and the image underneath the link changes. Even though this consists of fewer pages and images than the last, it is actually more complicated in some ways, due to the activity involved simply by moving the mouse over a link. Note also that this uses a top navigation bar.