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

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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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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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Minimum or ideal amount of information gathered in a purchase form

On a web store I have a purchase form that only asks for email, credit card #, expiration date & CCV (security). This is the minimum requirement to make a transaction. However, my instinct is ...
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Avatar vs Profile Picture vs Display Picture

I have noticed that on message boards, that we use the name avatar for the picture on our profiles. On Facebook and Twitter they are called profile pictures, and on Skype it is called Display Picture. ...
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When should I ask for the title of a YouTube video and the title of a resume?

I am designing a web site where candidates can upload videos and files. Candidate can upload videos from YouTube and they have to give the video a title and do the same thing for a file. They have to ...
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Is it okay to have two “primary” buttons?

I have a dialog that allows the user to enter text to be processed. Initially, there are two buttons: "Cancel" and "Assemble." The latter button is the primary action (in Bootstrap, .btn-primary). ...
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Why is “register” the default button rather than “log in”? [duplicate]

I have noticed an increasing trend the last year towards emphasizing the "register" button rather than "log in". Often log in is not even a button, just a link. I understand the desire to simplify ...
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Differents backgrounds in a website

Is it bad for UX to have one background for all the website except for one specific page ? I mean, it can be strange and lead to some questions for the user which tend to be unconfortable with this ...
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Chat Windows Within Web Application - PopUp or Floating Div?

I'm working on a web application. The application is already built and deployed to clients. It runs on a wide range of internet browsers. I am tasked to add chat functionality to the application. This ...
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Three carousels side by side on the home page, bad idea?

My client wants to build an e-commerce website where he wants to display his products(clothing items) on carousels.He is asking me to add three carousels side by side as shown in the drawing in the ...
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What is the name for the documents that are like “Style Tiles” but more to do with larger objects/elements like contact forms etc

I did a study on design in the browser about a year ago and I remember learning about another tool which designers can use to compliment style tiles. I seem to remember it being called an "object ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of changing the browser window icon?

I have been experimenting with ways to notify a user when a running web application requires their attention. Adding badges to the favorite icon seems to work well but I am having a hard time ...
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Parallax scrolling and accessibility

I was just answering this question Is there any actual data about websites using parallax scrolling? and the more I read about parallax scrolling, I was wondering if parallax sites were accessible as ...
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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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What is the good (if not best) position for placing Facebook and twitter feeds?

I am talking about a knowledge sharing website which has many articles. Right rail has 2 banners and few content chunks along with facebook and twitter feeds. I have observed that mostly these type ...
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Is it better to redirect to root site or something else?

Basically the query is there are just one or two exclusive registered user only features on my site. What I am curious about is, is it better to dedicate a separate page after the user logins, to ...
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Should a dropdown have a value (or be visible) when the associated checkbox is unchecked?

We have users that can be assigned to different groups with an associated role on that group. For example, a user may be a "Contributor" on the "Human Resources" group, but an "Admin" on the "How To ...
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Minimalistic or fancy?

There is this question that is in my mind for a long time, and I personally feel I'm not pretty good when it comes to user experience, so because of that I had decided to stick to minimalistic ...
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Should I put a button below a growing list?

I'm trying to decide on a button location for an app I'm building. The app basically generates teams using lists of players for a given position. It feels most natural to me to have the button to ...
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Is responsive web design worth it (in my situation)?

I've both designed and developed multiple websites where I worked on making the site responsive for mobile/tablet. It's easy work, but it's extremely tedious and lengthy. Knowing that I am a single ...
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Position of Discounts & Promotions in a website

I have an Internet Booking engine where the layout is as following. Now in this layout I'm trying to show the available promotions and discount when the user selects an arrival date. My Concept is ...
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Professional designs and their effect on sales

Is there any evidence to suggest that a prettier more professional design results in the user trusting that site more and therefore that website results in better sales? Are there any examples of ...
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What would be the best way to display two search windows in one page?

The design requires to have two search bars in one page, one for global search and one for that specific section the user currently is in. Visually, its not appealing to have two search bars but ...
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How is the best approach to display responsive combobox?

I would like to implement comobobox with a search filter for phones, larger screens and tablets. The examples below show how I think it should behave for phones and larger screens. I'm still fomenting ...
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What is the reason for small, lightly coloured text?

We are all familiar with the concept of fine print for text that is to be discouraged from being read. However, lately I've been finding many websites whose main content is in tiny, lightly-coloured ...
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best way to display a nested object on a web page [closed]

I have an object that is actually a dictionary (or a map if you know it by another name). Meaning - key:value, key:value. The thing is that it is nested - so it is possible to have: key:value, ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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Showing remaining time in a web app

We have developed the interface of a web application which lets the user manage some remote equipments for a limited amount of time. Basically, it is used in this way: User A reserves the hardware. ...
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A good solution how to localize and let user choose language on HTML page

I read another question where a poster states that flags should not be used for languages since flags represent countries. In my mind I agree but in my eye this solution is the best: Do you agree ...
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What is a term users can understand when leaving Edit mode?

I feel kind of silly asking this but I'm having a real problem coming up a reasonable term for Read Only mode or Not Edit mode. Pictures to explain my problem... If the user wants to edit ...
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Make people understand they can click on a button in a flat design

I'm creating a flat-ish responsive website, which basically is an online résumé. I'm displaying skills (but it could be whatever) in a grid system. Each skill is clickable, to display some ...
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For a wall of text, is a lot of columns or one long column better? [closed]

I'm designing a website, and it's probably going to have some long walls of text because it'll be an info site. I have two design ideas that would make it easier to read, but I can't decide. Both ...
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short vs long message - input placeholder

I'm working on a profile update form, it got me wondering - what's the pros&cons of displaying a short placeholder vs a long placeholder? First candidate: Current Password Second candidate: ...
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Floating vs Hovering share buttons for listicles?

I have a blog that focuses on listicles that's very image heavy (eg. 10 Cats That Looks Like Madonna). And I'm trying to make it as "share friendly" as possible. So far, I have had floating share ...
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How to present 50+ features in product website

We are designing a website for our new software product. It's a versatile application and has more than 50 distinct features. It's one application but acts as a pack of different tools. In the ...
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Multiple dropdowns in the header section

I would like to have the ability to filter content based on countries. Countries have been divided into different groups based on geolocations as regions, cultural habitats, climatic situations. I ...
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How to interlink sibling websites?

Backstory: I am building a non-profit website that will visualise public spending and there is a for-profit sibling that will generates revenue for the non-profit by selling the visualisation tool for ...
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How to test website for large screens?

I want to test website for large screens such as 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2560 x 1600 pixels, In browserstack i find only 1280 x 1024 pixels is maximum for windows machines, Is there any website to test ...
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What is the importance of an home page and its name?

Recently I was involved in a discussion where someone argued that home pages don't make sense and they shouldn't even be called home pages (the hyperlink to an homepage should be something else). I ...
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What are some design patterns for a cycle button?

I'd like to make use of a cycle button, i.e. a single button that will toggle between a number of states (three or four). Since these buttons are generally frowned upon, there are few examples of ...
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Personal Websites - Simple or Animated, how to balance between creativity and content-ambiguity? [closed]

Personal websites are a space to showcase personal skills, and show passion about different things, whether by writing articles, or building things. Animated websites, sometimes, are hard to be ...
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The goods of forcing the user to follow a path

Maybe this is not the best place to ask as this seems to me like a question regarding two fields: marketing and user experience. Hopefully some of my questions could be solved from the user ...
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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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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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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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Expand/collapse all - Combined or separate button(s)?

Note: This isn't a question about which icons or labels to use. It's purely about usability. So, I have a page with expandable panels and I want to add a button to expand/collapse all panels. Now, I ...
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Difference between navigation overlay and toggle navigation in Web Design

I'm writing about responsive navigation for school. I found on the internet that responsive navigation patterns could be divide as: Toggle or multi-toggle pattern Footer anchor pattern Navigation ...
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Good UX for a form

I am working on a UI design. I have good CSS/HTML knowledge. But not good in UX. Attached image is the UI I created for one page. I tried alter it nearly 10 ways, still my customer says it looks ...