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

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Labeling an advertisement

Management at my company said we needed to start labeling our ads. We need to make it clear that an ad is not part of our site by putting the word "advertisement" near the ad. (A) Is labeling ads ...
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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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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 ...
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Japanese people hate my site [closed]

I did some A/B testing on how language translations affect the ability for people to install a browser plugin. I got around 20 languages professionally translated. I use Javascript to default to the ...
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Who designs great UIs with usability testing?

If you want to make a usability expert twitchy and uncomfortable, ask her how companies like Apple can create acclaimed, wildly successful, and usable products using top-down design without ...
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Displaying a panda's family tree

I have a section on my website that displays information about all known captive pandas, (Nearly 700) in total. Each panda has a single page which display it's name, birth / death and where it has ...
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UI design app for programmers.

I am looking to do some basic UI elements for my website, eg a logo. I am not looking for anything really fancy, something like: and this sort of things. Besides photoshop, was program do you ...
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Should Printer-Friendly button open a new browser window ?

Reading Common web app usability gotchas? I felt guilty when I read that using a target = "_blank" is a bad thing. I have developed a small web application that format Stack Exchange questions in a ...
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Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?

I'm looking at putting together a website aimed at ordinary users that will handle personal data which I don't want to be compromised. How can I make the site secure but also usable? It seems most ...
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Using a combination of horizontal navigation with submenus and vertical side navigation with submenus in one website

I've been involved in a website redesign where the navigation includes a primary horizontal navigation menu with one level of dropdowns and secondary navigation in the left column that repeats the ...
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How or where to add an explanatory legend without the use of asterisk?

We are currently working on improving an online e-commerce website, and recently we bumped into the issue of adding an explanatory legend that had not previously been requested. There's a product ...
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one page websites

Yes or No ? Why ? Why not ? I'm thinking of making my future project a one page website. It's not going to be something simple. I want to include membership, comments and views in the same page or in ...
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How should I allow my members to delete their membership from my site?

What is the best way to allow a member to delete their account if they wish to not be a member of our community? Should I simply have them click a delete button on the site? What other measures should ...
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ui controls for asp.net [closed]

i have been using the basic toolkit that is provided with VS 2008 I am currently looking for UI control toolkit from third party. I am basically concentrating on Gridview, treeview, textboxes, ...
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Web site which allows users to provide feedback/rate web site design variations [closed]

I've come up with several mockups for a design refresh of one of my existing sites, but I'm having a hard time selecting a design. Is there any web site which allows to submit a number of designs and ...
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What is the best way to visually present a sitemap?

Do you know which are the common patterns for a graphical representation of a sitemap?
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When to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links?

Are there any rules on when to use icons vs. icons with text vs. just text links in a web application? For example: vs. save vs. save Extra question: Is save -or- save preferable?
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Number of Fonts per Design

I'm working on a website and wondering at what point I'm using too many fonts and need to cut back. Right now, I have a handwritten font (HF1) that is being used for the site name, a quite different ...
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Gender considerations in web usage

Are there particular gender differences in web usage/preferences? I'm about to start designing an information-based site with a predominantly female audience. I was wondering what research already ...
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Can an icon depicting two arrows pointing in opposite direction be used as an indicator for “Follow me”

I am making an icon depicting "Follow me" can 2 arrows pointing to either sides be used as follow me or any other suggestions arrows in a circle??? chain link...?
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Is it a bad idea to have input fields after password on a login form?

I was intrigued by this statement by @DanWilson on Twitter: All Web Developers: Never Ever Ever put anything after the password box and before submit button on a form. Tab MUST go directly ...
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What's the best way to create screenshots with callouts to show features of a program?

I'm redesigning a website for a downloadable app. I'd like to create a Tour of the features which has screenshots pointing out how to use it. What are the best tools for doing this? For bonus ...
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How many CSS Files should there be for one website? [closed]

Well, the title is my question. I (the programmer) want exactly one for caching and compressing reasons but my designer keeps sending me separate files for each site. Maybe there's a designer point ...
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How much space should I leave for a person's name?

How many characters would you feel safe leaving for a First Name and Surname? The users of the system are going to predominantly be from the UK (I mention this because some parts of the world seem to ...
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What websites present artwork well? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone had seen some exceptionally good layout design in presenting a variety of paintings. My go-to resource so far has been the MOMA, but they are a little cluttered for my taste. ...
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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 we should write inside “Search box”?

What we should write inside "Search box"? Blank (noting) Search ....Search Search here Enter you search term Type here....... Or something else.
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Simplest, cheapest solution for hosted A/B tests? [closed]

I'd like to test two designs for the same call-to-action before deploying the winner in anger. An ideal solution would host both designs on a single URL, record the results and generate usage ...
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Bridging the gap between color palettes and CSS

I'm familiar with sites such as kuler, I'm well-versed in HTML/CSS/JavaScript (as a programmer), and I know what sort of content I want in my website. I can figure out how to lay out my content ...
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Proper usage of fieldset / legend tags

I'm wondering what the suggested usage of <fieldset>s are on a webpage. For example, on a simple page with just one form (one set of inputs) is it still recommended to use a fieldset? Or should ...
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look draggable?

I have a table on a web page where I need to let the user reorder the rows. I was thinking of letting the user drag the rows to reorder them. But how would I let the user know that he could do that? ...
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Do you use a CSS framework? [closed]

If so - which framework do you prefer and why?
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How to handle account disabling and enabling

I'm currently building a small online dating service and am wondering what the best task flow is if a user disables their account. (When an account is disabled, all their data is retained but they ...
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Speed enhancement at the expense of not working with JS turned off

I have an image gallery that currently loads the images using standard img tags and since it has a lot of large images it loads quite slow. I can speed things up by having the gallery script ...
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One scrollbar or two for content + sidebar?

I'm working on a website design and trying to decide whether to have the sidebar scroll independently of the page content, or have just one scrollbar control both divs. What principle should I use to ...
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Should you place the “add a comment” form above or below the list of comments?

There seems to be very little consistency across most sites when it comes to placing the comment form. Which do you think is the most usable, above the comments list or below? Above the list: ...
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Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? [closed]

Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? How do you drop something in the cart? Is it intuitive enough to be used?
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What are some good concepts to be mindful of when integrating two separate websites?

Background: I am working with a client that is not ready to let go of their archaic website. We are designing a new feature that will be hosted on separate domain under their branding with the ...
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What are the differences between Progressive Enhancement and Graceful Degradation?

What is Progressive Enhancement? I'm not able to understand this concept. How it works, and how it’s a model different/better(?) than Graceful Degradation?
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Hiding information when a user has expressed a reason for visiting a website

In the process of implementing an registration page that will be seen by two types of users (those registering to buy from the site, and those registering to sell on the site). The current ...
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Good reasons to omit a top bar navigation on a webpage?

Top bar navigation seems like a Good Thing. It works, people know where to find it and how to use it. But under which circumstances can I omit it, in favor of less clutter and larger images?
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Web - How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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Pagination Best Practice [closed]

I am not sure on the best way to handle some pagination I need to perform on a table that could potentially get very big (5,000 rows plus). My first question is should the amount of rows shown per ...
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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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Favourite site with examples of well-designed web ui elements [closed]

Please list your favourite site for finding examples of well designed web elements, one per answer so they can be upvoted individually. Explain why it is good in the answer
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Zoom In / Zoom Out features of latest browsers…an accessibility feature? How does this impact design going forward?

Many of the current browsers will zoom in/out the entire page instead of increasing/decreasing just the font size. This is great because generally it doesn't break the visual design. I'm assuming ...
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DPI independent UI for webpages

For almost a decade, before LCD became the norm, screens used to be 72 or 96 DPI (Usually only found on Trinitron displays). However, now 120 and 144 DPI displays are quite common. With the coming of ...
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Progressive disclosure techniques to allow advanced simplicity for web apps?

What progressive disclosure techniques where the information and options given starts out small and lets the user decide what they want expanded on can I use in a web app?
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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?