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

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Shading buttons darker than the normal state vs. highlighting

While coding up pieces of a website, I was puzzled as to why the designer chose a hover state that is a shade darker than its normal state. It seems logical to me that a rollover state should be a ...
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Should the input field accesskeys in my form be semantic or physically clustered?

I'm creating a form similar to the one below (with <label/> tags, input field accesskeys and logically-ordered tabindices). The form will be filled a handful of times in rapid succession by ...
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Can using red/scarlet in a design distract users?

The colour red is usually associated with "danger" and "you're about to do something dangerous." What should you look out for if you're planning on a design that is primarily focused around the colour ...
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“Selling” the management on need for UX focus

After the novelty of finding this SO section wore off (and being rightfully shamed of asking a duplicate question), I'd like to rephrase this question so it would target what I feel is a gap in ...
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Fewer main pages, fewer tabs is better?

I'm working on a local cinema's movies website, and I've been trying to reduce the number of pages in favour of showing more types of content on them. Currently, I have a Home page (with a carousel / ...
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How should I present landscape-orientation page thumbnails in a series of portrait-orientation thumbnails?

I am working on a small web site which has traditionally presented small (300 x 388)px thumbnails of their event posters, which are linked to the full, tagged PDF. The majority of their posters are ...
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Use of Radio Buttons (Identification Context)

I want to design a 2 steps sign up screen: identification personal info My question is regarding step 1. In this step the user will have to choose between ID or passport number. Once he choose, he ...
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Should a classifieds website user be made to sign up before posting ads?

I am in the classifieds website business. I am struggling to find general consensus about the best way to design a user experience for being able to post ads on a classifieds site. Specifically, the ...
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What is a simple way to explain the disciplines and benefits of UX to a client?

What is the clearest way to explain to a client the disciplines and benefits of User Experience Design? What I've got so far... This is the clearest definition of the disciplines I've seen, but it ...
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Creating beautiful User Interface Designs [closed]

I usually have a hard time designing a good UI for my applications/websites (especially the websites). Are there any tricks to this? Are there good books that can help/guide me? Or libraries eg. ...
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Showtimes for movies

I'm working on local cinemas guide (for arab users), and I want to design showtimes schedule in cinemas on movie page.. easy & simple for users and easy for developer and data entry. Can I use ...
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Does it make sense to show a referrer-specific greeting to users?

There's a jQuery plugin that displays specific greetings to users based on the location they reached the current URL from. If they found it through Google, it would show a greeting that mentions ...
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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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Touchscreen interface for menu and dropdown menu ease of use

I'm doing webpage design using Twitter Bootstrap's dropdown menu. Problem: Suppose I have a horizontal menu as shown in the Twitter Bootstrap documentation. That menu bar that list pages I want to ...
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metro style UI is too early or not [closed]

I think metro style UI is just beautiful and user friendly. It is suitable for both Tablet and PC. Should I make my new website design in metro style or conventional standard?
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Is it ok to add content when the users selects and “copies” something on the page?

Some websites (using tools like tynt) have started to add something a little surprising at first : When the reader copies part of the article or blog post, something, say the url of the piece, is ...
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When is it appropriate to use a “well” UI element?

Are there standard uses for it? I see it most often when embedding example code... As see on Twitter Bootstrap: http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/components.html#misc
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Suitable form for adding/removing elements of a dynamic list

I am writing a web app for tracking daily activities. The concept is very simple, you add questions and then answer them daily. When you are defining your questions, you can add different types of ...
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Does the Zendesk.com website offer a good ux? And why?

For a new project we want to use Zendesk.com as a good example for our designers. We love the site but can not really tell why since ux is not our field of expertise. What makes the zendesk.com ...
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How could I engage my users more effectively on my photo-rating site? [closed]

This is my site, launched a few months back. What I've found is that users seem to really like to use the site for a few initial sessions - but getting them to come back repeatedly has been a ...
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Input for Multiple Links

We would like users to specify certain pages an action can occur on. There are two conventional ways: textarea with some delimiter (whitespace, commas) between the urls. This is OK since usually the ...
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How to improve the user engagement flow after people discover the site

I have a template which I am trying to optimize for user engagement. Here is an example: http://www.problemio.com/problems/problem.php?problem_id=213 There are a number of pages that are often ...
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Is it better to center align section headings or left align?

I have this page: http://www.problemio.com/problems/problem.php?problem_id=161 On the right side I have a few sections like "page stats" "recommend" "problem categories" what I am wondering is ...
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In what scope should a search take place?

I'm in the process of implementing a search feature on my website and am wondering the best practises to do with the scope of a search. Currently, when viewing a certain section of the website search ...
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Different Font Faces in same Web Application

The context here is a web application delivered through the browser. My question is: is it ever okay to have different font faces or a single application? To me it looks obvious but not egregious.
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Need advice which template is better?

I posted here recently looking to improve a template in hopes to increase engagement with the page and decrease bounce rate. Here is an example of a page how it used to look before: ...
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Is responsive design a must? [closed]

My question has two parts. Is it right to design a responsive site for the web and display it on a mobile device? Should sites be designed separately for mobile devices?
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Search result template and readability

This is my current layout: The sentence on top means "Results in the WHOLE SITE for: abc" "Whole site" becomes the name of the section if you're searching in a single section. Then you see each ...
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What is the recommended alignment layout for a horizontal menu bar on a web page?

I have a horizontal menu on the top of a web page (pretty common) and I was having a debate with a friend about the preferred and most logical layout of the menu items (centered or left) He was ...
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Are there any guidelines for vertical layout and spacing?

The proliferation of grid systems have made it easy to determine the horizontal layout of a site - column widths and margins are just made to fit into the correct grid spacing. But what about ...
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Notification when user leaves a page, if a background task is running?

I am developing a page which allows users to select files to upload to my server. While the files are being uploaded, if the user navigates to a different page (using the browser back button, for ...
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How to announce launch of mobile version (Native apps + website) of a website

What is best way to inform to user of desktop website that now website have Mobile version of website and native apps for many platforms? A permanent section on website to tell about it with icons. ...
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Need advice for lowering bounce rate on a template

I have a template that has content which people discover via SEO usually. Here is an example of the template: http://www.problemio.com/problems/problem.php?problem_id=145 The problem I am ...
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Best way to show and sort by dates when the item may be repeating/recurring?

Currently this website has a list of FooBars, which may be sorted by date: I am adding functionality to allow a FooBar to be repeated, or a recurring FooBar e.g. Weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays ...
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What is the navigation concept Bootstrap uses called?

The Bootstrap documentation site uses a very interesting navigation concept. They have a per-page navigation bar that sticks on top of the page once you scroll down and highlights the current area on ...
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Why do so many sites make the mega footer a dark color?

Such as www.braintreepayments.com. I see this type of design so frequently nowadays. It's so common that it looks like a template, yet all kinds of companies that you wouldn't think would be using web ...
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Are there any studies that validate the golden ratio principles in designing websites?

Something like this that suggests the golden ratio is indeed appeasing to the eye from a user experience perspective? Applying Divine Proportion To Your Web Designs
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Do users need multiple ways to sort through good content?

Many websites allow users to find good content through a plethora of metrics. From my quick scan of some big websites, I found these metrics to be most common: Popular Trending Most discussed Most ...
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What could be the ideal website creation steps for non-tech users? [closed]

I am working on a hosted website creator service for non-tech-savy businesses owners (generic, no niche), and I am brainstorming on the user interface during the ordering/setup process. What do you ...
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Navigating a section in which content displayed varies depending on selected year

I have a page that lists a bunch of events depending on what year is given to the site (current, or via URL): The page happens to be at the front of a sub-section, so I have the site's main ...
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Is there ever a circumstance where the user should be notified of a user interface no-op?

The headline may be a bit confusing, so here's a web example (although this question is equally applicable to desktop applications): I open up the same eBay listing in 2 separate tabs of my web ...
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Where or how to get advice on actions to take to decrease bounce rate?

I have been reading and learning a lot about A/B testing and I get the process. But there are a few concerns which make it challenging. You need a lot of visitors to get statistical significance. ...
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Hiding versus disabling forms for guests

With web forms, such as the "post a comment" form at the bottom of a blog post, is it best to disable it by greying it out or to hide it? (Both with a message that you need to log in, obviously)
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Quick search on the left, or on the right of a home page?

Is there any benefit to having a 'quick search'* on the left of a home page, or, on the right or does it not really matter? Given that people generally scan / read from left to right, it may be ...
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How best to describe ranking and prizes using icons?

I have a site with an online game, there is a ranking of players. For each game the player gets points which are summed up in their ranking. During the game I want to show how much the player won ...
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Responsive website - navigation usability advice

I am developing a site which is to respond to different screen sizes. The site is fairly large and has up to 4 levels deep in terms of page/menu hierarchy. What I am wrestling with now is how to adapt ...
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Why would you use SlideDeck (horizontal accordion) instead of a carousel?

I'm reviewing a client's site and their designers have used an unusual element to present some of their key points. The element is called SlideDeck and it's basically an accordion menu that is turned ...
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Redirect non-desktop users to mobile site or just change template and keep the same url?

I want to know what would be the best way to present my site to users when they are not using desktop computers (and they are using mobile phones, smartphones or tablets)? I am currently working on a ...
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What are the effects of duplicate content?

I am working on a web design project. My client would like to duplicate certain content above and below the fold. I am concerned about the usability impact - but I can't articulate why. I have ...
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Selecting all contents of an input field of text type when focusing

I am working on a registration form for a web application which requires you to enter your first name, last name, date of birth, address and so forth. If the user fills out all of the fields we are ...