Another great post from Smashing Magazine – Informative And Usable Footers In Web Design – looks at what to put in this small and neglected but important part of your website. What do people expect when they scroll to the very bottom of the page? It would appear they want “About” and “Contact” information, some sort of link to an index or site map, and (on long pages) a “Back to the Top” link. Obvious really, but does your site have these in place? I run about 20 websites, and I’m quite sure not all of mine do, but it’s information which could be added easily, and should be.
There are some lovely examples of good footer design too, which make all of our sites look tatty.