Website design involves the structure of websites, information architecture, the layout and pages, and the conceptual design.

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Is there a point to paginating articles online?

Is it better to paginate a long article or show the entire article on one page? The following is a side-by-side of the same article. On the left is page one with navigation and on the right is the ...
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Language of language names in the language selector?

Imagine a site that's available in multiple languages. The language is detected automatically by looking at the IP or the browser header. But that's not bulletproof, so a few users might end up on a ...
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Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?

I've often wondered why Stack Exchange has opted to keep the upvote/downvote buttons available for clicking on question/answers posted by the user. For instance: Even though these buttons have no ...
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Are age verification banners effective?

I'm curious as to whether or not these Age Verification banners that appear on some sites are really "effective". That is to say, do these really help to deter/prevent users that are underage from ...
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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?
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How do rounded corners affect usability?

How do rounded corners on buttons and containers affect usability? Do they make buttons look more clickable? When used on other non-button elements, do they make the site look more friendly? I'm ...
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Do you need a search button with a search box?

On websites with a search box, should you add a button they can click on, or will users understand a search box like on this site? The target group is not very technical, such as women aged 40-60.
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When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links?

Are there any rules on when to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links in a web application? For example: vs. save vs. save Extra question: Is save -or- save preferable?
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Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?

Why are many websites and applications using round profile pictures? Even the top players like Google and Apple use round profile pics over conventional rectangle frames. Why?
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Home button vs Logo link?

Is a "home" button on the navigation required if there is a link to the homepage using the company's logo? Increasingly I have noticed more and more websites using the logo as a link to return to ...
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What kind of design do users like the most at the time of this question, 'Flat' or 'Skeuomorphic'?

I have read multiple articles on-line that say that the era of Skeuomorphic design on the web is over, and that a new era of so-called 'flat design' is now the new thing for developers, but do users ...
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Ideal column width for paragraphs online

There is nothing worse than coming across a website with paragraphs that span the width of your screen resolution. They are usually so hard to read, I don't even bother. A lot of web designers use ...
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Should a button become lighter or darker on hover?

We're having a discussion in the office about whether a button should become lighter or darker when a user hovers over it. Here are some examples from the field: Apple "Buy Now" button (Second is ...
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What part of overview item should be clickable

We're making an overview of whitepapers, videos and other resources. Me and the frontend designer are in a small disagreement over which part of the item should be clickable. Should it be: only ...
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Display big numbers in a small area

I am developing an accounting app where I display several orders. Every order has a price. I have a box where I would like to display the price as shown below: This works pretty well for fairly ...
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Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?

I've noticed that iTunes store is always slow, at first I thought it's just because iTunes is a bloatware (which it is, on both Mac and Windows.) However I started to wonder whether this is ...
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why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used?

Why are circular buttons in software/websites so rarely used? Is it purely convention or are there usability reasons behind this?
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If nobody reads Privacy Policies or Terms and Conditions, why not change them?

Once I read that if you were to read all the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and similar documents that you ideally need to read before using software or online services in a given year, you'd ...
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Why is resizing the browser window bad practice?

I asked how I can resize the browser window with JavaScript. Everybody told me not to do it. Why is this a bad practice? I think sometimes it can be good. For example, I want to show users a tweeting ...
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How do I explain correct usage of the MS Comic Sans font to a client?

I have a client who wants to use comic sans ms for lots of things on a website I'm doing for him. How can I explain that comic sans ms is so bad? He's fairly easily persuaded, I think I just need the ...
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Should Mobile-optimized sites allow Zooming?

Zooming is common on mobile because sites aren't designed for it; you need to zoom, generally, you don't want to zoom around. Mobile sites are supposed to not need any form of zooming, and often ...
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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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Are live stats effective? e.g. “5 people are viewing this hotel right now”

For example, Expedia (and other hotel sites) have alerts that come and go that say things such as, "17 people have booked this hotel this week." Is there any documentation out there concerning this ...
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What tools (ideally affordable ones) would folks recommend for creating a website wireframe? [closed]

What tools (ideally affordable ones) would folks recommend for creating a website wireframe? What tools have you used, and did you find them better than pen and paper?
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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Can ugly be good UX?

It's heresy I know, but look at DrudgeReport.com. It's raw, hand written HTML, it's plain, boring typography, it's something any UX or Graphic designer would scoff at if you handed it across their ...
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Have I missed anything from my list of web form best practices?

So I have been putting together a list of best practices to apply to forms recently and there is a lot of conflicting research out there. I have been combing everything from blogs through to HCI ...
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Your download will start in X seconds

Is there any reason why many websites - including very mainstream ones such as microsoft.com and sourceforge.net - show a page with "Your download will start in 10 seconds; if you don't want to wait ...
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Do users understand the browser back button?

You hear a lot about not breaking the back button on websites, but can you assume that most users know and use the back button? Is it redundant to add a JavaScript or HTML back button/link on a page? ...
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Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?

In recent years, it's become quite a common design pattern to have a large footer on every page, containing a 'mini sitemap'. For example: This has supposed SEO benefits, but would also seem to ...
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Blocking IE6: Deny outright or warn of issues?

We're looking at (finally) retiring IE6 support. I've always been a big fan of graceful degradation but we're really pushing ahead and trying to embrace features that we're simply not going to want ...
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For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?

Due to different screen resolutions, the user experience browsing a website might be different. Is it better to layout the website with a fixed width? (and if so should there be different static ...
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When should I use a lightbox versus new page?

While designing for web, when should I use a light-box and when should I direct the user to a new page? For example, if the user clicks the "contact" link, should I open a small form in a light-box or ...
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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Should you place the “add a comment” form above or below the list of comments?

There seems to be very little consistency across most sites when it comes to placing the comment form. Which do you think is the most usable, above the comments list or below? Above the list: ...
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Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time

I am designing a website where a clock has to be placed in the website to tell the time. I have to choose between an Analog Clock and a Digital Clock assuming both take up the same space on the ...
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When you hate your design and you're almost finished with it, what do you do?

I started out with a web design template that I loved. I spent a few days finding, cropping, and touching up the perfect images. I tweaked the CSS to better fit my page's style. In short-- I was in ...
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Dark on Light or Light on Dark? [duplicate]

For a very technical site documenting code, sharing code snippets, and documentation, I have been told that using dark fonts on light backgrounds is recommended for people being able to read the ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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Is the usage of text embedded in an image a bad practice, for very controlled uses?

What are your thoughts on writing your text in images? I'm not saying throughout the whole website... But in certain key locations like image carousels. And I'm not talking about the special cases ...
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Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?

A lot of websites these days have content area's which are center-aligned: http://ux.stackexchange.com is an example. However some sites are left-aligned e.g. http://forums.adobe.com/index.jspa, ...
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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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How to tell visitors to activate JavaScript?

How should one tell website visitors that a website makes heavy use of JavaScript?
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Multiplication sign, using '*' or 'x'

In Mathematics, the operator provide on keyboard is quite clear for addition, subtraction and divide as the follow + - / The multiplication * might be familiar as the multiplication for programmer ...
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Display comments order - best practice

I wonder what is the best comments order on the website. I assume there are two major methods to display comments: from newest to oldest, from oldest to newest. Facebook uses method one and ...
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Content first or Design first?

When designing a layout, should we consider content first or design first? I make websites and 99% of the time my client wants the design before they start thinking about the content. In these cases, ...
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Are hover states necessary?

We're having a discussion in the UX department here at work as to whether or not hover states are necessary to a UI. We're kind of divided. Here are the two arguments: Against (started the ...
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Are increase and decrease arrows redundant on scrollbars?

Surely these days users are either using touch devices to scroll with gestures or are dragging the thumb of the scrollbar or clicking inside the track. Would it be a bad idea to remove the arrow ...