A web app(lication) uses technologies such as javascript, CSS, and HTML5 and is executed in a web browser.

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When to use 2 accounts (buyers and sellers) and when to combine them into 1 account?

I'm struggling with the idea of either making separate buyer and seller accounts for a marketplace I'm creating, OR to combine the accounts. The main hurdle in my mind is the rarity that in this ...
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Internal Vs. Consumer site UX

I am in the middle of designing a web application for a company that deals with institutions, there are both the end-user facing site (what the schools will see and use), and the "behind-the-scenes" ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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Do Top Rated / Most Popular sorting features drive more conversions?

I'm trying to design an ecommerce concept around the idea that good sorting increases conversions. It's just an assumption, but based on my experiences and a few conversations, I'm wondering if an ...
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Fixed footer vs non-fixed footer in mobile web app

On a web-app, a fixed footer creates a performance issue, as the response and sensitivity is not quite as good as native app. But we have some important controls at the footer level like adding items ...
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Styling Labels for a Line-of-Business Web Application

I'm looking for some guidance on how labels should be styled for a data entry web application. My client feels that the labels detract from the user interface where I feel they provide necessary ...
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Obviously the goal is for an application to load almost instantly but I am curious as to what the average time would be before users perceive an application or website as "too slow". So, I'm curious ...
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Elements running from the viewport perimeter, is there a name for that functionality?

So you know how if you right click on your desktop, the menu will appear either at the top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right depending on where your cursor is on the page? (<select> ...
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DatePicker UX for single and multiple calendar mode

I have a situation where I have to use same datepicker/calendar to do single date selection and multiple date selection in two different modes in the same page. I thought of a solution where the ...
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Which is the better user experience for a web app: an integrated support ticket module or a separate app?

I am building a new web app which hopefully will be subscription based, and I am wondering what will be better: to develop a quick ticket module or redirect user to separate knowledgebase / ...
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Can customisable dashboards in web-apps enhance user experience?

I'm currently in the process of redesigning the dashboard for one of our products. One of the requests I've received so far is that it should be customisable. Instinctively, I oppose the idea as I ...
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Client wants me to copy the Google Apps UI style for a web app I'm building - is this okay?

So, the organisation I work in use Google Apps for our email, calendars and docs. The staff have gradually got used to using it and are now comfortable with the UI. I've been asked to develop a ...
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How to display an error log/report for user?

My web application is supposed to display the trace and a error report after process and shows for each uploaded files all the errors and operations accomplished. Here's a simplified and really ...
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How to make users expect app-like features on a website?

I have a website with some app-like features like drag and drop. I use the standard indicators for these features, but testers don't discover them in user tests. When these features are pointed out, ...
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Idea management system for a feedback portal

I am making an idea management system using Ruby on Rails and Twitter Bootstrap. This is a static mockup I have created. Here is how the system is supposed to work The comments will be managed ...
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confusing software-install flow for web-app

I am working on a web-app that has an application to listen to audio. The problem is the playback software requires another piece of software just for the items to be placed on the playback software. ...
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Best way to allow registration to an invite only web app?

I'm in the process of planning a web app which will offer an advice service to people who earn above a certain salary threshold. The thinking is that the new users will be procured through their ...
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upgrade-friendly visual treatment for features disabled in the free version of a freemium product

My company is preparing to launch a "freemium" web application for business users. Most of the surface area of the app will be enabled in the free version, but a few features (e.g. ability to assign ...
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Animation with a vertical Toolbar?

We have a web mapping application (Flex), that our clients can use from anywhere between 10min to 5hrs a day. It is simulating a desktop application (think similar to Photoshop) and users select from ...
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How can I style an editable text area so that its purpose is implicit?

I considered a skeuomorph using yellow paper with lines but it seemed tacky and didn't fit the overall design of the page. The textarea fills an entire "panel" on the page just like other panels of ...
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Representing a plugboard in a web interface

I'm currently making an enigma machine in JavaScript (early working prototype here). I've now just reached the stage where I need to implement the plugboard. Now the plugboard is a set of 26 ...
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Admin interfaces for reporting data

I am trying to design how an assigned administrator for a web app that manages students and audiobooks, can generate a report to view the data in longituginal graph. The admin can either view ...
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When is it ok to have two different layouts for the same page inside a web application?

I have a page inside the application that will be displayed inside a popup on other page. Since the page was not designed for the popup size I wanted to create a compact view for it. Would this be ...
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Is there any problem having a left scrollbar on a 2-panel web window?

I'm building a web interface with two panels. On the right one there would be a map, on the left one there would be some places, similar to Google Maps. We are considering having the scrollbar of the ...
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Is there a particular reason contextual content areas and menus aren't more prevalent in web applications?

I'm developing a user-driven sandbox application, wherein the user (more or less) builds their interface. In my preliminary web design drafts, I've found myself favoring a contextual content area at ...
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What video players/sites are fully accessible?

I am in need of a video player that is fully accessible, but I'm hoping not to have to code it from scratch. How accessible are the youtube/vimeo players? are there other ones pre-made online that ...
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Should the comments/discussion slide-in from the side?

I'm implementing something similar to source control (like GitHub for flow charts) where users will have a list of changes that can be submitted. On this review page they can click on a change to see ...
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Is it better to have a modal or an inline entry for a table?

I have a styled table containing first and last names in each column and nothing else. As part of the usage of my app, people will be entering names. Should I: Have the "add" button launch a ...
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Should a “windows-desktop style” interface be recreated in a browser app?

I have project where I need to design & build a complex interface to sit on top of an ASP.NET/MVC4 back-end and run as a web-based application in a browser. The client has an existing "sister ...
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Are in-app tabs bad practice?

I have certain advanced use cases of a web-app that can be handled by allowing users to open details of items in new tabs (i.e. a single page app with an unlimited row of in-app tabs which imitate the ...
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master/detail view blank state/detail view when nothing is selected

I have a following view/form: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Basically it is a form where I can fill out some information for a new record. When the ...
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How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing ...
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Separate administration pages vs. front-end integrated administration

I was wondering if there have been any studies on this topic. Which one do most users prefer? For example, Wordpress separates the front-end views from the site administration views. Different theme ...
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How to explain Login with OpenID to end users, good models to follow?

I have an analytic app for data-oriented professionals. For authentication it offers social login (Sign in with Google, LinkedIn, Twitter) or "Email me a signin link" (like Forgot my Password ...
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Communicating changes and new feature in my web application

We are currently in the early phases of developing a web application for a client. We have regular sprint demo's during which we take the client through the new features and changes from the last ...
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Should link to restore user account lead him to login page?

Pinterest has a deactivate my account function. After user deactivates his account, he gets an email with Reactivate account link: Here Reactivate button links to login form with username and ...
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What's up with the Preview Pane? Why or why not to use it in internal web app messaging systems

I am about to redesign an app w/ internal messaging (ala Facebook) and just curious to get some input from the UI community on the concept of 'Preview Panes'. It seems that the majority of the ...
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Is it appropriate in a touch-based mobile web app to place the equivalent of “apply” in the header?

I'm creating a mobile web app for modern touch-based browsers, and I'd like to know if it's appropriate to put the equivalent of an apply / search / go / view results / proceed button in a thin ...
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Testing OK/Cancel buttons

Related: OK/Cancel on left/right? I have been looking in to whether OK/Cancel should be on left or right, and after looking at lots of views on each side it seems there are good reasons for both. I ...
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Report page with data table and chart

I have the following report: The report will be viewed in desktop and mobile (tablet) browsers Clicking on the category title (eg. Pizzas), the data is collapsed or expanded. Now I need to insert ...
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How to create bands of number ranges for a field?

I have a field in a system called "Score" which ranges from an undetermined negative number to an undetermined positive number. I am trying to figure out a UI for the user to create "bands" of ...
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On a form wizard step what input type/s shall I use for when there are two options?

Ok so I have two options on a wizard step e.g. Option 1: Go to step A, Option 2: Go to step B. What is the best input method to use in this situation? The wizard generally has more complicated steps ...
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Does anyone have any links to some great UX for 'app setup' pages? [closed]

I've taken over a large scale project and revamped how the whole system works. But one issue we have is a 'not-so-user-friendly' set-up page for the app. I was wondering if anyone has any links to a ...
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Is a drag and drop UI usable for organizing/categorizing items?

I am creating a UI where a user can manage users by creating a group, and then dragging and dropping them to fill the groups as they would like. One problem I am faced with is that the complexity of ...
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What is the best way to disclose hotkeys to my users?

I am developing an intranet web application and have added in a couple of hotkeys such as "expand all". I have made sure to not use any of the same hotkeys as the browsers are already using. I found ...
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Loading Times / Breaking points

We all know that a user is not going to wait forever for a website to load. Given there are certain factors and circumstances that can apply to this, is there a breakdown of users stages/breaking ...
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Are there standard methods to maximise space?

We have a web application that has a lot of controls and has steps that the user progresses through. Most of the steps are on the same page, and when one section is done, we don't necessarily need to ...
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How to improve this retro CLI web app ux?

I want to improve the retro-ness and the coolness of this CLI (command-line interface) for a web app. I just want it to give the user the experience of typing into a 1980s library terminal, at, say, ...
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What's the best way to open links from widgets?

I have a portal consists of set of widgets, each widget contains a block of data and a link to an application . it appears like this .My question is : what 's the best user experience to open the ...