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

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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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How much value is there in using “industry standard” design elements?

I'm currently thinking about a redesign of my personal website. One of my goals for the redesign is to add to my perceived authority as part of my chosen industry. One option for achieving this is to ...
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What is the most user-friendly way to show position of a user on a long leaderboard?

I am designing a gamefication app and I need to show an overall leaderboard, displaying all users with points and positions... The problem is that the leaderboard requires pagination and the ...
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Best way to use a slider

I'm currently designing a news website based on sports betting. The sites content is mainly composed of blog posts from industry journalists. These posts are split up into 5 categories for each sport. ...
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What are the Best Practices for Server Side Tabs?

My client wants to use server side tabs as described here and found here and here. I've read through the 13 Tab Usability Guidelines and we're mostly on track there. For #13 Fast Response Time: ...
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Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?

Why do we still have these HTTP error codes? For me it seems like they are completely useless for the user (not for all but most of them). It says nothing helpful (look at the screenshot above, it ...
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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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Focus the form and block anything else?

In order to disable everything else on the website and focus the user to what they are really doing, I came with the solution of adding a layer over everything except over the current form. I don't ...
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Automatic agreement to terms of service

Is it acceptable (or even legal) to have "I agree to the terms and service" checkbox automatically checked when a new user signs up with our website? I'm trying to convince the person in charge to not ...
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Hover over web images for additional details best practices

I know that a discussion was already made on various places whether it is good to use hover on images on the web or in mobile apps. With the rise in mobile use where touch is prevalent do you think ...
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Nested multiple selections

I am building a web application that allows users to search a gym chain's class timetables. This gym has multiple branches, in multiple states and cities. The inputs to the class timetable search are: ...
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How to incorporate a “never” value on a slider?

I have a slider in a web page (similar to this one) to control the the duration of how long to keep an item before it is removed: The range of values goes from 0 to 90, with the value 0 being used ...
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Showing facebook profile picture to show logged in user

Let's say you login on a web shop using a facebook connect button. Do you think it is good practice for the site to retrieve your profile pic and display it just by your login name? I wonder if it ...
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Should I Put a Phone Number in the Header?

I see that it is really popular with web services nowadays to have their phone number in the header of the website. Is it really that effective? Does it make the company look more legit?
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UX for filtering a table of data

I have a table of data that can be filtered by name, location or status. The data of each of these columns will be obvious to the administrators of the Portal (i.e that the first column is child's ...
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Website design considerations for open source software for a technical audience

I am in the process of designing a website for an open source project which is a product of scientific research. The intended user base is quite specialised and limited to academics and researchers in ...
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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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Should a multinational website background color be a conscious choice?

We know that colors represent different things in different cultures, and selecting the wrong color can have unexpected and unwanted effect on how we present our organization. Gaming sites such as ...
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Visual differentiation between in-site links to outbound links

I'm trying to solve the differentiation between in-site links vs. outbound links. Currently I'm using for all links the blue from my palette and underline on hover. Due to the nature of the site, that ...
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examples of user feedback for evaluation of other users' answers

As an academic project, I'm developing a simple facebook application. I intend it to be some kind of a mind game exploring creativity. Its current design is simple: the user just writes a short ...
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For first-launch of a new site that has few users, should I initially leave out some features so it launches as a MVP (minimum viable product)?

I'm building a site that (in simple words) is Twitter for people who write fiction. Screenshot of the front page (to give you an idea): I've been coding it and designing it myself (around six ...
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“Shaking” button leading to increase in conversion rate?

I'm just running an experiment on the UX Pin homepage. One group got a "shaking" button (the big orange sign up starts to shake after few seconds) and the other group got traditional "static" button. ...
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Designing for both customers and businesses in the same product

The Problem I am in the process of designing a 'deal' tracking kind of site except rather than offering discounts on products or specific deals as such, The site offers a 'hub' for viewing and ...
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Subject line of mailto: links?

It's easy to add a pre-filled subject, body and CC/BCC in mailto: links. It would be useful for website owners to know if an email originated from their website, or from an email address ...
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UX considerations for interactive mobile maps?

Embedding a mapping service like Google Maps into a website is pretty easy (i.e. using their API, which has recently been updated for mobile performance). What are the most important UX ...
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iPad splitview layout as a website layout?

Im in the process of making a website where people can sell or buy pets/animal books/pets accessories. I was thinking about doing a very diffrent layout. And that is an iPad splitview application. ...
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What does ?v2 mean after a file extension [closed]

A site I get on allot has updated a few of their files, and I wanted to know the meaning of them. For example, their CSS, and majority of their images. Before their update, the file was called ...
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Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?

It is a common convention that webpages scroll up and down instead of right to left, but all printed material that's not written on rolls of toilet paper 'scrolls' horizontally. Why did the web break ...
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Resources for configuration-focussed UI?

I work for a company that produces an appliance that's designed to be configurable via a Web interface. We have such an interface that 'works', but it's sort of dismal and we're looking to basically ...
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Are support for voice browsers really necessary?

Screen readers attempts to identify and interpret HTML and send its data to a standard output which may be a video monitor, a text-to-speech output device or a braille output device. It is a way to ...
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Is it good to strike through visited links?

I've seen in some websites such as http://twomovies.name/watch_movie/Shutter_Island that visited links are striked. Is this good practice?
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One click 'select' and 'continue'

During a subscription process; the user has to select a product, out of a possible four, and then advance to the next stage where they enter their payment details. Is there a preference over having ...
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Encouraging the user to enter a value in an optional field?

This is a follow-up question from the previous question Case-study for hiding the optional fields? I have taken all the responses from my previous question and I have come up with this mockup, ...
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Walk the user through initial data entry after the first login

Are there any guidelines or set of best practices on how to implement the initial data entry after the user has logged in for the first time? For example, I'm thinking of a web application for ...
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How should removed pages be handled in e-commerce sites?

On my e-commerce website I create many sale event/campaign related categories which are put offline after a specific event/campaign is over. Lots of customers bookmarks those category page and then ...
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Case-study for hiding the optional fields?

I am currently designing a web form for the Online Travel Insurance System and I am thinking of hiding the optional fields since there were so many of them. Like the image below. I put a Show More ...
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How to achieve this layout in a responsive design?

I am currently, working on the below layout and I am finding it difficult to maintain alignment and layout. Below is the layout I want, in blue border.
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How to add a details link on a table when each cell is already a link?

I have a table on which each cell is already a link to a different section (eg. the row contains 'Name', 'Location' and 'Type' columns and clicking the name cell takes you to the Show action of that ...
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Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
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any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? [closed]

any software or online service to draw web page layout sketch? I want to construct a website , the first step is that I need to sketch a contents layout for every page . this job can be write done on ...
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Is it ok to force a user to reenter data instead of editing existing

Is it acceptable to force users to delete and recreate data they entered incorrectly or should they be provided with a way to edit every instance of that particular data? Use Case: The wireframe ...
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What would be a nice way to distinguish a user's items from other users' items?

I am working on a (web-based) application that shows a list of items. Each item belongs to a particular user. When a particular user logs into the application, they see a list of their items. When an ...
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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 ...
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Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?

Often cited usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote the article “Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes in 2002” and placed on no 3 Horizontal Scrolling as a Web Design mistake with the motivation: Users hate ...
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Alternatives to failing a form to ask for additional input

I have a simple form that asks the user to enter details about an airplane he or she has flown: The form asks for the model of the aircraft (172, 182), it's registration (N-261GY) and its home ...
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Page updating: “full”, “notification” or “replacing”

What is the best user experience with the auto-updating pages - for example, a list of songs. Currently I'm thinking about three good possible solutions: "Full" update: when the new content appear ...
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integrating a social-network application into existing app from a UX point of view

We had a web app that acts as a travel portal for consumers - tours, hotels, attractions and so forth. It has recently been decided that a facebook-type platform be integrated as well. I am ...
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Responsive design on desktop

I am creating a responsive UI application for desktop, tablet and smartphone. And it looks and works fine. Most of the site has a responsive design like microsoft or nokia global. It also changes ...
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Dropdown issues on Mac

One of the websites that we've been working on has a dropdown with <select> having multiple <option>s. In our Windows PC, the dropdown show only a number of items while on the client's ...
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What to do when customers search for “Cheap” when you want to convey “Quality”?

An ecom client that I am working with has an interesting SEO challenge. They sell products that they want to convey quality and value; however, the #1 thing searched for on Google, Bing, and their ...