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

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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?
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What should a local musician's website look like?

Last week, I found a client that is a Hawaiian local artist. His music is really good and I would love to design his site. The problem is, I don't really know what to design. I have all of these ...
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How much should be on the homepage of a website?

Some websites I've noticed hardly have much on their website's homepage (i.e. google.com) where as some have a lot on their webpage (i.e. msn.com). Neither of them look good to me (google has too ...
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Click Through Rate on Sticky Menus

Are there any studies or data that show sticky navigation elements are effective at producing click through, for example .... http://gawker.com/ I"m thinking about putting one in, but wanted some ...
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Displaying List with large amount of data in each item

I have a list of Schedule items to display. Each List item has a Name a schedule period and then a whole bunch of times, places and things that are scheduled. The amount times, places and things ...
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Which one output format is the best for the user?

I am creating a feed reader ( I posted in another question some info about it, nothing related to this one) that gets about 10 different sources. In the my front page, I show the image, title, date, ...
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Objective-Unclear Multi-choice design

I was asked at work to create an interface for a web application which could let users browse through 19 templates, initially as thumbnails only, giving them the ability to see the picture in detail ...
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Stamping the current date & time on a page

I recently wrote to First Capital Connect to raise a number of issues with them relating to their St Pancras Thameslink station layout, and also complained that their site features the current date ...
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Question on fluid web design

There are 2 ways in which we can implement a fluid design (one that would adjust itself to the screen size on which it is viewed on); Approach 1: We can just use the available browser size (or ...
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Controlling app's beta users with HTML5 Geolocation

I'm a beginner to user experience (and programming) and am interested in feedback on an idea I had for setting up my homepage. The goal is that a user would enter their information and after ...
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How to represent site language and article language without confusing the user?

I want to make a website that offers content in different languages (fairly common). On top of this most articles (books) are written in one or at most two languages. The user that is browsing the ...
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Alerting Users of “FrameBusters”

I'm currently developing a web app that uses iframes that contain other people's sites (Think StumbleUpon). Some sites contain "Framebuster' though, these busters redirect my app to the site that the ...
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Is it the best idea to gather only one field to create a new record and then edit all fields later?

This question is specifically about web sites, but it may apply to other areas. In my last few web sites, I have been gathering minimal info in a form to create a new record. For example, when I add ...
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Is this layout for a food search engine easy to scan (are the important elements properly focused)?

I'm making a design for a client. This is the first time I design for a search engine. I would like to know if the elements in the design below are easy to scan (are the important ones properly ...
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How to get better at design?

So im a pretty good programmer and am trying to get better at design. I have a really tough time putting my thoughts onto paper or really just making sites 'flow' and look professional. You can see ...
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Buttons and links for website navigation

I've just been reading Zusch's comments on his blog about buttons and links and their functions, where he advocates that buttons should execute commands and links should link to content (Links and ...
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Quickly change row status

I have a table of items that each have a particular status color icon. The users will need a quick method to change this status. I imagine click on the status icon an picking the new status. However, ...
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Better way to show the calendars

I'm working on a single report page for a web app. I need to show how to filter the displayed data it be per day (diary) or between two dates (weekly). When the user select diary (Diario), it shows a ...
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Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support?

Very simple question: Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support? To elaborate (on why to ask such a question), I assume most experienced web ...
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Optimal position for call-to-action button

Where in the banner area of the landing page is the optimal position to place the call-to-action button to maximize click rate?
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Is it really necessary for a web app to have a 'stunning design'?

I created a forum for foreigners in Taiwan. I showed the site to some people last night. Some said that the logo (and design) has to be more 'attracting' or 'stunning.' I'm not very sure if this is ...
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Does SEO really affect user experience in a positive way?

SEO experts will constantly sell to you that SEO not only helps make your website easier for search engines to parse and determine the content of but also that SEO improves the user experience and ...
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When you have to fill up the rest of the page…

I've noticed that I often run into the same problem in many projects I work on: It seems like I always end up having that extra space that I have nothing to fill up with. Here's a quick sample: See ...
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Best way for selecting a time/time span on the web

What is the best, most user friendly way of selecting a time or a time span on the web? Is it good to use something like a date picker for time or maybe sliders for time span? What is the best ...
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Ideal login / password / signup page for editing account

I am trying to design a simple login and password signin dialog box that pops in on the same page. I don't want the user to navigate AWAY from the page to login. I am looking for examples of sites ...
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What do you call the customizable boxes like in my.yahoo.com?

If you haven't seen my.yahoo.com, see this screenshot I can customize my page, by adding more boxes, removing or rearranging them (I can rearrange using drag and drop, something like WYSIWYG), or ...
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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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designing a 1-2-3 step guide

Being primarily a web developer, I'm always looking for tools or guidelines that make it hard for me to mess up the user experience. I'm looking to create a 1-2-3 step guide. I'm thinking that it ...
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Horizontal main Nav+drop down, and right hand vertical Nav, bad approach?

I'm involved in a project that is being designed and architectured by a fairly big agency and they have just completed the wireframes. However, I have some reservations in how they have designed the ...
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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 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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Could you please comment on this web layout? [closed]

I am designing a forum related to certain academic topics with features similar to Stack exchange sites. I have designed a web layout to facilitate easy navigation between the post overviews & the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Pros/Cons of date- and datetimepickers [closed]

What pros and cons do you experience when using datepickers in web forms or software? What do you think is missing sometimes? What bugs you when using a datepicker? I want to know, either from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?