Archive for the ‘Web Usability’ Category

Never Mind Banner Blindness – How About Image Blindness?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Ever wonder why Google Adsense has been relatively successful? It usually features disgusting, ugly text links. How can that possibly perform better then a well-designed, message-full, impact-full banner? Image Blindness. An epidemic more severe then the banner blindness I spoke about in a previous article. In some cases, buckets, or images used for internal marketing [...]

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Registration Forms – A Deal Maker Can Turn Into a Deal Breaker

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I have yet to meet someone who is absolutely thrilled at the sight of a registration form on someone else’s website. However, I’ve noticed that clients seem to forget their own hidden hate for registration forms on other websites when it comes to their own. Of course, they want the whole shabbang, user registration, profiles, [...]

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Examples of Web Usability

Monday, January 28th, 2008

It’s not uncommon for someone to have questions about web usability. It does apply to a lot of facets in web design and development. Generally speaking, the definition of web usability refers to how usable a website is to a user. Good usability would be a site that’s relatively easy to use. In this article, [...]

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10 Tips To Make Your Website’s Layout More Usable

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

In this article on our series detailing web usability, I will be discussing what can be done with your website’s layout to improve it’s usability. Usability can be defined as making your website as easy as possible for a visitor to manipulate and find whatever it is they’re trying to find. Here’s a list of [...]

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Devil’s Advocate – Why Web Usability Should Be Ignored

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Before you start thinking that I’m a terrible human being, let me remind you that this is the Devil’s Advocate Series, where I take the opposite viewpoint of an issue I feel strongly about. This week, I’m tackling Web Usability. Normally, I’m a huge usability fan and do my best to keep websites highly usable, [...]

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Devil’s Advocate – Why You SHOULD’NT Validate Your Website

Monday, December 17th, 2007

This will be the first article to kick off my Devil’s Advocate series, a series dedicated to seeing a point-of-view I don’t necessarily believe and making an attempt to push it. They will be based on past articles that I have written. The Article This week’s installment plays devil’s advocate to my past article on [...]

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Four Types of Webpages To Avoid

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This recent installment in the Web Usability series will discuss the four types of webpages that should not exist because they are web usability nightmares. Although these were a little more prominent a few years ago, they’re still occasionally stumbled upon. The biggest culprit for these pages are small businesses that don’t understand the internet [...]

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Using “Click Here” as Link Text – The Debate

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

This week’s installment in the Web Usability series will discuss the two main ways to link text. What this article does is compare the use of links like: Click here for car parts versus links like: Information on car parts. Just as a small reminder, this article may be contradicting statements I’ve made in previous [...]

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Why You Should Validate Your Website

Friday, September 21st, 2007

In this week’s installment in the Web Usability series, I will be discussing website validation and why it’s crucial for every web developer to practice this. If ever you were a non-believer in validating your website, hopefully this article will convince you otherwise. After a brief introduction on how to validate your website, I’ll outline [...]

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7 Tips To Make Your Website’s Navigation More Usable

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

In this article on our series detailing web usability, we will be discussing your website’s navigation and how we can improve it in terms of usability. How well your navigation functions is sometimes over looked by Web Designers and Developers. It’s very important because if a user finds it difficult or time consuming to navigate [...]

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