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

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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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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their accounts)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiplication sign, using '*' or 'x'

In mathematics, the operators provided on keyboard are quite clear for addition, subtraction and divide: + - /. The multiplication sign * might be familiar as the multiplication for programmer, but I'...
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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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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 discussion)...
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Best practices for online help

we're currently developing a fairly complex web portal. To improve the user experience, we want to provide a context-sensitive online help system that can aid the user in understanding certain aspects ...
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What text should be used for an insertion button? “Create”, “New” or “Add”?

Whenever I have been designing interfaces, I always wonder if I should name the button Create, New or Add. I have never decided and stuck with one and would like to get an explanation on what use ...
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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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Colored circles to signify status - a violation of accessibility guidelines?

I'm looking at Google's web-based user interface for managing an enterprise's Chrome devices. Each device's status is represented by a colored circle (see images below). I would have thought that ...
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0 to 10 rating system alternative

I have a system where the user has to rate other systems efficiency, availability, functionality and velocity in a 0 to 10 scale. I was going to use a simple "10 stars" interface for this, but I ...
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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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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other cases,...
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Should date validation allow “091011”?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
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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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Buttons instead of radio buttons or a dropdown

In a recent project of ours I am tasked with creating an interface that solves the same problem as radio buttons or a dropdown menu would, but using buttons instead. It approximately looks like this: ...
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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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Are custom scroll bars easier to use or do they just look “nice”?

I've noticed that a lot of webapps have started using custom scroll bars. A few examples include Facebook, Trello, Google Docs, and Twitter. I'm sure you can think of some more: How do these types ...
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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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Greyed-Out vs Invisible

What is a good criterion or rule-of-thumb for determining when a control should be greyed-out and when should it be completely invisible?
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Should language be part of a website url?

When designing a website that can be viewed in multiple languages, should I put the language in the urls? Like: http://www.site.com/en/ Or alternatively, should I put it somewhere in the session or ...
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What is the smallest screen size you design for

I'm looking to make my website responsive, however this is my first foray into responsive design, and I'm pretty clueless at the moment. I have no idea what the current state of play is with regard ...
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Calendar recurrences on the last day of the month

I noticed a difference in how Google Calendar and Outlook handle recurring appointments, specifically ones that are on the end of the month. If you try to schedule an appointment on the 31st of every ...
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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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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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What makes people vote?

What drives people to upvote or downvote content? I'm looking for the je-ne-sais-quoi quality on successful voting systems and I just can't put my finger on. Let's look at three examples: http://...
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Should the order of add / edit / delete buttons be based on the frequency of their use?

In our application we have several places where users see a list of items and can add, edit or delete an item. For some of these lists adding new items is probably the most frequent used ...
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Contact form or mailto: link?

I'm aware that mailto: links only work for people who use a mail client. Assuming most novice users don't, is it safe to assume that contact forms are only appropriate when the target audience isn't a ...
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Do we still need text scaling links on websites?

Links/buttons to adjust font size used to be one of the accessibility must-do's but do we still need to include the text scaling links on our sites? Most modern browsers and operating systems support ...
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Pop-under: Really that bad?

We're currently discussing to add pop-unders to one of our platforms to get users to use one of our notification features. As you can probably imagine, as a UX person I'm really against the use of pop-...
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What techniques can I use to wireframe sites with responsive/fluid layouts?

How do you make wireframes for responsive or fluid layouts? Typical wireframing techniques are static and aren't well suited to showing how designs scale. What techniques exist to capture the dynamic ...
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What is the most pleasant and fast UX when logging in / registering for a private web-app?

In my case, the openId login is out of the question. The application that I'm working on will only allow corporate users with a given specific email domain to register. The login/register form needs ...
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One big sign up button or 3 [closed]

I would like to know what is the best use in web homepage are for Sign up button: One big button (Like example 1) and then to open screen with option to sign up with facebook, google or mail or 3 ...
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On a web page, what is the user's first point of focus?

Background I am designing a website for my software development business and I am struggling a bit with the layout. I offer three main services/products: Software Development Process Improvement ...
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How to show progress towards goal?

On our intranet we display some numbers for our employees so they can keep track of their performance goals. Currently it's just a table. We'd like something more visual, and this was the first ...
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Are tag/word clouds useful?

A lot of blogs or other types of sites with a lot of content use tag clouds, where trending words are shown and popular words are displayed larger. For example Should you put a tag cloud on your ...
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Why is there a convention on the web for dropdown menus on hover instead of on click?

This is something I've always wondered. On all major operating systems, application menus (File/Edit/View etc) only appear on click. However, nearly every web site that uses a drop-down menu ...
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Should a user be able to control the timezone when scheduling something?

I have a product where users can schedule content to post to social networks. The users may have their account set to their local timezone, while running a campaign which requires them to schedule ...
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Marquee or Ellipsis for song name in music player?

I have a music player where song that is being played is displayed on top side. Often there is a case where name of the song that is being played is long enough that it can't be shown completely due ...
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Should users be directed to a 404 page or a landing page?

We have two pages. One is a landing page, given by the route /region. The other is a detail page for a particular region, given by the route /region/summary/{id}. The landing page is the normal way by ...
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Does the average user understand the standard HTML multiple select box?

If I want the user to select one or more items the HTML symantecally correct form element would be <select multiple>. So the code would be: <select multiple id="sel"> <option>...
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Are inner scrollbars a bad ux?

Looking at the gmail interface when replying a message, I can see the original message and just below it, the new message window. this pattern creates two vertical scrollbars: one in the browser ...
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When is a right-handed navigation sidebar appropriate?

When is a right-handed sidebar for navigation a good choice? If possible, I would like some examples where it has been used, such as this sidebar from Google's official blog.
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Why Do Long, Ugly Sales Pages Convert?

It seems impossible to avoid the litany of "snake oil" sales pages consisting of long, boring videos and endless (and I mean endless) text. These look like UX nightmares, and yet they're becoming ...
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Tools for checking accessibility compliance [closed]

As part of my website designs, I like to make sure that I am adhering to the accessibility standards (Section 508, UK Disability & Discrimination Act, etc...). Can anyone recommend any tools/...