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

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Which side of a web page should a side menu go on?

Many websites have side menus and I seem some have the side menu on the right and some on the left. Which side is better?
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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 are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...
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Is it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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How fast should a banner rotate on a website?

Are there any studies or published de-facto standards on how fast the slides of a carousel should change on the homepage of a website? Here are some examples of sites that incorporate carousels at ...
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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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Fixed-position header and menu on a web page — is that okay?

A client of mine is insisting on two things for a website I am designing: That every single link is shown in the header – about 10 links or so with no sub-categories. ie. no drop-downs, rollovers, ...
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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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To what extent should a client be involved in UI/UX Design?

To what extent should a client be involved in User Interaface and User Experience Design? For instance, in a web design job, at what extent the client should be involved in the structure of the ...
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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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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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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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Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc)

I am looking for inspiration on this. We have a Dot.Net web application, where we are building pretty complicated criteria. It works, but I would like to change this, re-shape this, possibly from the ...
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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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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 ...
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Should websites provide high contrast or alternate schemes?

With regards to Accessibility, many sites focus on font-size adjustments either the browser's / OS's native controls or via a control on the page (usually denoted by 3 capital A's of varying size). ...
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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 control to use to select multiple months?

I want to offer the users a way to select a range of months within a year. The selected months are used to display a table of data. The control should be placed above the table and since vertical ...
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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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My boss has a different idea of a website's UX

Let me explain the situation. I started transforming an "old (.Net 2.0)" Application into a webapplication. Problem here is, that no-one here is really acquainted with the UX of a website (simple, ...
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Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?

I recently had a thought about the way many modern browsers display information about a site's security certificates. At least Firefox shows a very noticeable blue box in the address bar on sites that ...
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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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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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Multiple choice with Yes, No and 'No answer'

I am working on a Quiz Application for Multiple Choice question. Instead of normal Multiple Choice Questions with the two answers yes and no. I am working on one that allows a user to abstain to a ...
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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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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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Should usernames be unique?

Should usernames be unique? It would get rid of annoying id numbers and reduce impersonation. After all, why would anybody want others to have the same name as them? On the other hand, a new user ...
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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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How does a “random page” option help an application to succeed?

Some documentation applications, particularly wikis (including, of course, Wikipedia) have a Random Page function. My question is - how important and useful is that? Is there any objective data ...
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What's the terminology for bad practice around emulating browser functionality in your website?

Background We've just updated one of our 10-year old web applications and in doing so have removed a "back" and "forward" button on the main menu. Our reasoning behind this change is that the web ...
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Would it be bad design (and unsafe) to put password guidelines next to a login box?

Different websites have different password requirements Some are content with a combination of just lower case words Some require a combination of lower case and upper case words Some require ...
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What voice should an option you don't want users to change be written in?

We have a form with a bunch of options that impact how our service will work for a given account. Most of them are positively-voiced questions ("Allow this to happen?"). There is one option that ...
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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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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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What is the smallest screen size you design for

I'm looking to make my website responsive, however this is my first foray into responsive design, and I'm pretty clueless at the moment. I have no idea what the current state of play is with regard ...
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Single or Multi page web application

Is it better UX wise, to build a web application with traditional multi-page transitions or to have a single page application where the other components of the page use AJAX and jQuery to load content ...
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How to generate product ideas as a group?

I work for a smaller startup, and for the past several months we've been conducting weeklong "Design Sprints" which are a great group product exercise based on an idea from Google Ventures. While ...
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Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
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Is a Q&A site a reasonable replacement for a forum for a software product?

I'm building a website for an open source piece of software that revolves around backups and cloning. I was originally going to use phpBB for the forums, but then thought about the possibility of ...
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Should a date field be pre-filled or left blank for hotel and flight booking forms?

Should a date field be pre-filled or left blank for hotel and flight booking forms? For example should i keep date field un-selected by default like this or with dates of next 3-4 days. and user ...
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Designing a web front end for launching long running batch processes

I'm looking for an example of a "web portal" application which has a well-done, easy-to-learn user interface. By "web portal", I mean a web interface to a batch-processed system that runs ...
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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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Better approach to blue/underlined for link?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and assumed it was ...
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Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?

It is a common convention that webpages scroll up and down instead of right to left, but all printed material that's not written on rolls of toilet paper 'scrolls' horizontally. Why did the web break ...
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Another phrasing for the term “Directions” in this case?

Below is a short browser based linux simulator for training purposes. It basically starts off with a blank screen, and gives directions for the user to enter a linux command to do a given task. If the ...
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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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Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)

Do you guys know any drawback of focusing on a text field on a web page ? It's pretty useful when you know users will use this text field more than others (like on the google homepage), but it's a bit ...
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Web design workflow without Photoshop

There is more and more talk of web designers moving away from the idea of spending an incredible amount of time wireframing and then designing in Photoshop and I wanted to get everyone's opinion on ...
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Should i optimize my website for non-javascript users?

I have been working on a website which relies mainly on Ajax calls and jQuery to provide a rich user interface. Though the site looks just fine without JavaScript enabled. Some Features like Login and ...
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What is a wireframe?

Ok. I sort of know what is a wireframe, but I still need a lot of help. The question actually wants to ask how to get started when "designing" a wireframe for an online shop. I am doing an internship ...