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

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What does “mobile-first” mean?

So I've been trying to find a legitimate answer to this question for a couple days. I read an interview in Awwwards recent publication Trends Web and Mobile 2013 with the following answer in regards ...
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How do you design a registration form?

I am trying to learn about registration forms, what should I be careful about when designing one? Is there any "best practice" or do you know any great websites with great examples of registration ...
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Is the “Help” feature really helping?

Almost all apps/sites have a feature 'help' regardless of type and subject of the app/site. I have rarely seen people using the same for their benefit. I would want to know if it's worth putting the ...
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Two-level menus: Why? and When?

Two level menus: should they be used? Why are they important? I never found any resource explaining this. Should I avoid them and only use them when you really have too much stuff to present?
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Examples of spartan/basic web sites [closed]

I am looking for examples of web sites that have a very spartan and minimal interface - mostly text and very few graphics or even styling - yet the user experience is good enough that users are not ...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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Skeuomorphism or OS-consistency?

Skeuomorphic UIs should give the user something that looks like a familiar object, presumably making it easier for them to understand what it should do and how it should be used. Even if the UI isn't ...
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Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?

Often cited usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote the article “Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes in 2002” and placed on no 3 Horizontal Scrolling as a Web Design mistake with the motivation: Users hate ...
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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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What are the ideal widths a website should be designed for on a phone/tablet/computer?

What are the ideal/typical widths that an adaptive/responsive website should be designed for in order to accomodate the most devices possible?
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Are tag/word clouds useful?

A lot of blogs or other types of sites with a lot of content use tag clouds, where trending words are shown and popular words are displayed larger. For example Should you put a tag cloud on your ...
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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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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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How to test a website for visually impaired users?

What techniques should I be using when testing of a website for visually impaired users that commonly occur due to aging such as macular degeneration, needing reading glasses, possible loss of ...
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Key dimensions to efficiently describe a user interface

What is clearly thought out is clearly expressed and there is certainly a way to efficiently describe and classify the various user interface types that have spread. At the UI components level, ...
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0 to 10 rating system alternative

I have a system where the user has to rate other systems efficiency, availability, functionality and velocity in a 0 to 10 scale. I was going to use a simple "10 stars" interface for this, but I ...
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Pop-under: Really that bad?

We're currently discussing to add pop-unders to one of our platforms to get users to use one of our notification features. As you can probably imagine, as a UX person I'm really against the use of ...
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Does a tooltip require close button?

I'm working on tooltips, when I was told there are some tooltips that have close buttons. Is a tooltip with a close button user friendly?
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Case-study for hiding the optional fields?

I am currently designing a web form for the Online Travel Insurance System and I am thinking of hiding the optional fields since there were so many of them. Like the image below. I put a Show More ...
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Where should a “Powered by Some-Company-Name” appear on a webpage?

Where should "Powered by ACompanyName" appear in the website if there is a product webpage of the company and the product (logo) branding is already shown on the top left? Should I be placing the ...
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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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Case studies on using gradients in a design

Are there any case studies on the use of gradients in a web design? I'm looking for answers similar to this answer about the usability of rounded corners. Specifically, I'd like to know: Is there a ...
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Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application

What could be creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a social network applications that implies as a default space/ a living space or a place where all the updates gather?
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How do I add the ability to cancel editing without a button?

We currently have an interface pattern that consists of a list of rows; clicking on one row activates "edit mode", where the lables turn into text-boxes, afterwards you can either save or cancel. ...
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Why is 13px Arial font the web standard?

If you use any of Google's applications, from search to Gmail you will find the base font used for most things is 13px Arial. font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ...
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How to present a todo list / checklist to a user

I'm working on a website where each user have to fill some forms to add some data which must be validated by some administrators. I won't enter into details in order to find a general solution which ...
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Time (duration) entry in webapp - pros/cons of various designs

In designing a way to enter time durations in a website, there are various proposals below. What are the pros/cons from a UX standpoint for both mouse & touch uses. Yellow boxes show input ...
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Should date validation allow “091011”?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
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Credit Card input format

Somewhere, in one of the Usability books I read ( probably Donald Norman ), there was a suggestion that the normal format for entering credit cards was wrong. The usual format is 16 characters in a ...
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Force a PDF download vs allowing the user to view in browser first

Every once in a while, I come across a business requirement asking me to force a PDF document to be downloaded from a website instead of opened in the user's browser. While I question this every time ...
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“Shaking” button leading to increase in conversion rate?

I'm just running an experiment on the UX Pin homepage. One group got a "shaking" button (the big orange sign up starts to shake after few seconds) and the other group got traditional "static" button. ...
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Should I capture exceptions and present a nice error page to hackers? [closed]

If a hacker is trying to hack, should I present a pretty error page or redirect somewhere instead of a generic/cryptic error? I feel that the hacker knows what they are doing, I know what they are ...
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Bilingual website usability

Can anyone provide me with links to research material stating best usability practice is not to develop websites with content written in two languages, but rather seperating content into two ...
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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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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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Is it good to strike through visited links?

I've seen in some websites such as http://twomovies.name/watch_movie/Shutter_Island that visited links are striked. Is this good practice?
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Why is high website availability good for UX?

I'm trying to understand how much should I invest in website availability. What impact does a not so good availability (let's say 95% - 18 days in a year) have in User Experience. Why is it that ...
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Automatic agreement to terms of service

Is it acceptable (or even legal) to have "I agree to the terms and service" checkbox automatically checked when a new user signs up with our website? I'm trying to convince the person in charge to not ...
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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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What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website?

What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website? I'm making a website in which some pages are long because of lengthy articles. Should I divide long pages into multiple pages? Should I ...
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What is the purpose of a website's homepage?

The title says it all really. While I realize the answer to this question is somewhat dependent on the visitors you're targeting, I'm wondering if there are any specific guidelines to follow. It's ...
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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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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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Best way to align text on a website?

Curious about text alignment on websites. For a blog, for example, is it better to have left-aligned or justified text? I like the look of justified text but I'm not sure if there's any downsides to ...
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How to Display Occasional Announcements on a Website?

I’d like to add an announcement banner or an element with the same functionality (e.g. alert, button) to a website to notify users about an upcoming survey. It should contain a call for participation, ...
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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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Optimal “fixed-width” website design?

RE: Design of 'fixed-width' websites, optimized for universal readability across all screen-size resolutions (i.e., best viewed, with no horizontal scrolling, over broadest range of both ...
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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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Do we still need text scaling links on websites?

Links/buttons to adjust font size used to be one of the accessibility must-do's but do we still need to include the text scaling links on our sites? Most modern browsers and operating systems support ...
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Alerting visitors to a website of a current event (e.g. breaking news)

Backstory: We have a website for a conference. As part of the process of the conference, we invite people to submit sessions, but only for a limited period of time. We want to alert visitors to the ...