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

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Why do video sites let users choose the resolution?

Youtube does a good job of automatically changing the resolution based on the current viewing size: Initial - 360p Expand - 480p Fullscreen - 720p or 1080p depending on your monitor size If ...
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Visualize many appointments for a week view

I'm trying to display "the week" for appointment scheduling. The problem is that my current implementation is way too busy (but it does put everything on the table). Also, the page easily gets taller ...
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What color should the “Add new” button be?

I am uncertain if the "add new" button is a "positive" action and should be colored green. Or a neutral action and colored blue. What is the best practice for this?
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Should Website “Container” elements reach the bottom of the screen?

I've got a fixed width layout site much like SE and Twitter and it personally bugs me when my "short" pages don't reach the bottom of the page. I've been wondering if this is a purely stylistic issue ...
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Should “Printer Friendly” buttons be used?

I have an intranet application that has a few "printer friendly" buttons on pages users were expected to print, and I really would like to get rid of them. The previous designers didn't know what they ...
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Why web-safe colors only?

We are often told to only use web-safe colors for font's and background colors etc when not using an image. I don't understand why this is? Most websites contain high quality jpegs these days with ...
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What are some approaches for avoiding rounded corners?

Rounded corners require images (sprites), i.e. extra bandwidth and I'm working with slow Internet connections (think dialup at 56k or less). What are some approaches for designing so that rounded ...
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Is it better to provide different layout for Landscape and Portrait orientations in iPad Websites? or Same layout is fine

Like BBC and many other websites iPad shrink every element of layout to fit into Portrait mode automatically? Is it ok? Or we should make the change in layout to reduce/remove/replace the items ...
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Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites?

I noticed Mobile website's are not having site-map page? Is there any reason behind it? Should we give a Site-map page in Mobile Websites? Can it be useful? I think user can see the sitemap page ...
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Is there any research on when we should provide search for website (Desktop and Mobile) and when not?

Is there any research on when we should provide search for website and when not? As I know. If pages are few then search don't require, but I'm not sure how many pages should consider as few. and ...
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When did 1024x768 become the standard desktop screen resolution?

I need to justify my choice of screen resolution for a website that has to run on old PCs. When did 1024x768 first become popular? Are there stats somewhere about how far back you'd have to go to find ...
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Are my thumbs up and thumbs down buttons clear enough for the user? [closed]

They are basically like the the ones you see in Digg. I also thought about using arrows (like in StackExchange sites), but I think people are more used to thumbs these days (due to Youtube, ...
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Which type of experience for exploring added reviews is more interesting and useful for exploring newly added beer?

I am trying to nail down a good experience for user's who want to browse added beer reviews for my upcoming site. I'd like it to be a fun experience so I've tried a few different ways of displaying ...
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Listing the features of a discussion site or letting the users discover them by their own?

I built a discussion site for foreigners in Taiwan using bbPress: Right now, there are 3 features that traditional forums don't have (as far as I know): Users can vote topics and replies. Users ...
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Subdomains and usability: giving a user an address that immediately redirects them

This is a practice that simply baffles me. For example just today I got my water bill, which tells me to pay at www.water.website.com. This page exists only as a redirect to www2.website.com/water/. ...
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Date picker button placement: inside or outside the right bounds?

Which of these is a better approach for placement of the date picker button: Having the button outside the right bounds of the other textboxes: Or having the picker inside: I'm also thinking of ...
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How big should an image be on a computer for you to clearly see someone's face?

I have a website where people need to be able to clearly see each other. What is the smallest that say, a PNG, could be, while allowing the viewer to clearly see the features of a face?
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Best practices to prevent distracting and overwhelming design?

I'm designing a discussion forum. I want to build something that doesn't look too much like a traditional forum (I want it to look more StackExchange-like): Initially I placed the categories like ...
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How does a “visitor counter” on a web site affect user experience?

Many amateur sites have a "You are visitor number X" counters on them. What effect does this button have on visitors to the site? Does it increase their trust in the site?
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What reasons are there for “go to bottom/top” links no longer being used much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people use back to top links? Some websites have links like Go To Bottom or Go To Top. It seems like this technique has fallen out of style. Are there good reasons ...
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Using color range to make votes and replies stand out (without confusing the user in the process)?

In this layout, the number of votes and replies go from gray to red: I want to make those with more votes and replies more visible. Should votes and replies have different range of colors? Does ...
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How do I improve the readability of body text?

I always find it hard to judge the readability of my site and there is so much conflicting information out there. So I thought I would ask for some options here. Could you please take a quick look at ...
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Making voted discussion replies stand out instead of sorting them in order to avoid breaking chronological order

Basically, I want to build an interface that Doesn't interfere with chronological discussion Simple Doesn't require the user to click a link which changes the order of the replies. Doesn't have ...
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How can I make this complex photo upload system easy to use?

I have a rather complex task ahead to change an existing photo upload system for a website. Current Situation: The website has a number of areas in which users can upload photos to (ie: gallery, ...
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Single replacement for: “Upload a document” and “Upload a Video”

I need a single replacement, to place in GUI, that categorises both "document" and "video". I need to place in my website interface to replace: "Upload a document"... and "Upload a ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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Triaging UI improvements, where to start?

I have been hired to redesign an auction website (which I cannot disclose), the usability, design, even the code beauty is pretty disastrous. The trouble is, the site is already active and my client ...
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What approaches are there to learn design, coming from a development background?

I'm a web developer trying to become a web designer. But seems that I'm lost in the world of design. But I don't know what to do, and from where should I start. I'm even unable to find good resources ...
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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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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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What to pay attention to when designing a completely new service from scratch for the first time?

I a novice UX designer and my current assignment so far has been designing UIs for the "version 2" of existing services - which means I use data points for improvements of existing UI which I gather ...
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What's the appropriate way using desktop like notifications in a webapp (chrome notification feature)

I'm planning to use Chrome's notifications feature. I want to show important informations on the notifications. My "users" are highly qualified technical persons, so i think it's good idea. But not so ...
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Is it a good idea to have a homepage with multiple templates that alternate on a periodic basis?

I am working with a client that has been producing a print magazine and is interested in transitioning it online. One feature they were interested in was a homepage with multiple templates. So the ...
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Is the alt attribute on navigation sufficient for section 508 compliance?

I was wondering for a html page which has two navigation options ( 1. Login method 2. Roles), is it just sufficient to provide a alt text to describe what they do? Or should I try to have something ...
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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs ...
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How to explain to a client that User Experience and web/graphic design is different?

My client is absolutely sure that there is no difference between these topics. How do you explain that making a UX adjustment plan is not the same as a web design task? You have to write a contract ...
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How could I handle product returns through this interface?

I have a dialog where users allocate product on an order to various available lots of product. So basically if there are 100 units on a line item of an order, the user would have to allocate this ...
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Have you used Markdown for large content editing?

I am putting together a system for writers/editors to efficiently add — fairly rich — content to a website. I've previously used standard WYSIWYG editors but find that often what you see isn't what ...
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Beta testing: How should users be selected?

We'd like to get data and feedback from real users on a new search principle on a live page (not A/B testing because too many things were changed). Question: How should participating users be ...
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Displaying count of something on the corner of a div.

So i have a list of things and each list item has primary information and supplementary information. One of the data items in the supplementary information is a count. The user may choose to interact ...
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Furnishing the sidebar the honest way

I'm developing yet another website (non-blog, static), and yet again I'm stumbling upon the same problem with inner (non-home) pages design. The layout is conventional: 960px wrapper header with ...
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Do online-feedback tools generate useful feedback?

We'd like to gather feedback from our users after the re-launch of our website. We do usability tests and interviews but I'd like to provide an easy way to give feedback for any user. There are tons ...
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Why can't you update options in shopping carts?

I've been researching shopping cart designs, and so far it seems like the consensus is that the only thing you can update in a shopping cart is quantities. Let's say I've added a large t-shirt to the ...
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Design for data-intensive web-page and search criteria

I am very much a UX noob, but I need to design a web-page to display a large amount of numeric data, presumably in a grid. The users will be able to enter search criteria using the attributes shown ...
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What is the new user interface that services like Google/Google+ are using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites? Recently Google/Google+ and other services have adjusted their menus to the top of ...
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Most common ways users scroll a website

Are there any studies that show the percent usage of the following techniques for scrolling a long web page? Mouse scroll wheel Up/Down arrow key Page Up / Page Down | Home / End keys Dragging ...
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What are the best client feedback tools around? [closed]

What are the best client feedback tools around, for getting the clients feedback on designs, wireframes, workflows and even the final product? I have found a few that do just the design, but none ...
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How do users expect dropdown navigation to work?

This question is in regards to expected behavior with drop-down navigation in web pages. This is part of an email I just got from a client: ("Admissions" is one of the top level navigation links) ...
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How important is white space in an interface design? [closed]

I'm currently developing a social network using Rails. It's quite good and it works well, unfortunately something is missing... The design :-( The weakness of many developers (and I'm one of them) is ...
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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...