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

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Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?

Why are many websites and applications using round profile pictures? Even the top players like Google and Apple use round profile pics over conventional rectangle frames. Why?
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Personal portfolio site - Information Architecture

I'm redesigning my own personal portfolio website and I'm wondering whether "About" and "Contact" pages should be separate or together. My about page would have one paragraph on my design philosophy ...
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What is the best way to display language changing option?

We have a website that is dedicated to English teachers (English as a Foreign Language). The home page is mostly aimed at school principals - to interest them in our platform (product). That's why ...
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Tags and User Experience

I want to know if there's any research on the evolution of tags, specifically in a social media context. I know when I first started seeing tags and learned of them, they were strictly for searching ...
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Using many links in bottom [duplicate]

I have read an article now and in that they stated using many links will help in SEO. And in latest websites I am seeing many menus in footer. Is it good to use many menus on footer?. Will it ...
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When to circle a symbol

I was wondering, if you have any basic rule whether to use a symbol, e.g. +, just plain or in a circle, e.g. (+). One example is the star (★) to favorite this very question (on the left hand side), it ...
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How do you deal with multiple functionalities competing for the same keys?

For a project, we have a table of data displayed in a web browser. There are two conflicting sets of operations the user could want to perform. 1. Selecting text or cells to copy to the clipboard ...
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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their ...
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Examples of site navigation that aren't a top or side nav? [closed]

I've been making a few websites for classes and I'm wondering if anybody's seen some good examples of websites that do not use a top bar or sidebar for navigation, AND if those websites funciton as ...
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How do we avoid jumping content due to asynchronous loading

Delivering content on the web has over the years become more complex and heavier. Dependencies on third parties and external web services is increasing, causing longer loading times. The “click and ...
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Your download will start in X seconds

Is there any reason why many websites - including very mainstream ones such as microsoft.com and sourceforge.net - show a page with "Your download will start in 10 seconds; if you don't want to wait ...
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Is there any UX historical reference for major web properties and their products?

I've been considering for a little while this question. Some minor research hasn't lead to a solution but there are lots of silos, just not the one I'm looking for. Something in the same nature as ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look clickable?

I have a simple web-based report presented as a table: Some rows are clickable, others are not (it can be seen with the third column. Greater than 0 means the row can be clicked and expanded in a ...
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Should a multinational website background color be a conscious choice?

We know that colors represent different things in different cultures, and selecting the wrong color can have unexpected and unwanted effect on how we present our organization. Gaming sites such as ...
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Should I add a floating, fixed feedback button on the pages of my website?

I would like to add a Feedback feature to my website. Should I add it as a floating,fixed button on the side? Is that considered something users are annoyed by? If I shouldn't, which method is ...
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Displaying useful contextual information without confusing user [closed]

So I have this page (See below all text), the page is supposed to show users but organized by what group they are assigned to (Guest, Level 1, Level 2, etc). On this page I also would like it if ...
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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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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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Formatting page titles: Organization first or page, and which delimiter [duplicate]

Usually there is a format for page titles: {{page_name}} | {{organization_name}} Sometimes the delimiter is a bar, a hyphen, a slash... Sometimes the organization comes first. I would think that ...
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Paid subscription through social signup?

I have a freemium platform, that currently allows only social sign-up (twitter or instagram). We are now also offering paid services, and an option to upgrade your account. There are two relevant ...
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How should a responsive website use so much extra space on large screens?

In older websites, the standard is usually 960 pixels, because it has a lot of factors that it can be divided into, and most monitors were 1024 pixels wide. Recently, a large portion of laptops are ...
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Should a classifieds website user be made to sign up before posting ads?

I am in the classifieds website business. I am struggling to find general consensus about the best way to design a user experience for being able to post ads on a classifieds site. Specifically, the ...
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How should I indicate read vs unread messages?

Here's the table: I don't think the icons in the 'Read?' column are truly clear as to whether or not a message has been read. Am I wrong? I can change the column header, use different icons, or ...
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Which to show first: login or register screen or both?

I have a site for which I am working to improve user onboarding. What happens now is that when a user does some action that requires him to be logged in, I make a jQuery popup come up telling him to ...
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Do users object to homepages which contain a full section consisting of a contact form?

I've recently had users test a prototype for a new portfolio site for my company. The homepage is almost like a one-page site in that it has distinct sections, although each section links to another, ...
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Should we trust a user's web browser to tell us the language/culture they want?

We are based in New Zealand writing a web application for NZ and Australian users initially, with prospects to expand in the future. Our application examines the Accept-Language header of the user's ...
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Why do websites tend to ask for phone numbers, even with no reason to call? [closed]

I was filling out for an instant redeemable form for a gym membership. The form is printed out right on the next page, and there's no reason why they'd need a phone number to call me. Basically, if ...
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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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Placement of the logout button/link?

In my experience, having a "logout" button/link of some description in the upper right hand corner is (or was) pretty standard. Is this documented/recommended anywhere? Sites that require javascript ...
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Bug tracker add remove project member from the project UI help

I am working on a bug tracking system. Currently I am working on Add/Edit projects screen. A user will be assigned to a project, and an admin can add/remove users from the project. So below is what ...
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Do professional web designers use Adobe software (such as Reflow) [closed]

This may seem like a trivial question, but I'm dying to know the answer from some professional web designers. I have built a number of websites myself over the past 8 years, some of which have gone ...
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When designing and coding websites, do people usually go with the “Design in Photoshop and Slice” method or is there another way? [closed]

I've seen a lot of tutorials that design the site in like Photoshop and then slice it to code it. But, that just seems like a lot to me. I've never designed it in something like Photoshop. I've always ...
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How to incorporate adverts into a highly stylised website?

I have a design planned for a site I'm developing. Nothing on paper yet, it's all just a concept in my mind right now, so please bear with me! The site is sort of like a blog / news site. There will ...
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Dropdown menu or radio buttons to represent choice [duplicate]

Our team is deciding between Checkboxes or Dropdown menu to represent a single choice the user is able to make Dropdown menu Radio Button Both options allow us to have the user make a single ...
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Colourblindness in design

I'm doing a little research to see how many people are affected by colourblindness to see if it is useful for our company to put some extra attention into our designs for those who are colourblind. ...
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Registration form with payment processing

I am developing a web app whereby registered users will have a dashboard where they can manage their ads, after payment... so they have to register and pay to use the app. The registration processes I ...
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Best Practice for huge nav bar [closed]

Well I'am pretty new here. And hopes you guys out there can help me. I have got a work to recreate a website. In that i have a menu bar which contains 17-18 main menu items. The question here is to ...
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Tag cloud for web site actions - a no-no?

I am building a website, and my designer came up with the idea of using a (3d) tag cloud to display the different actions a user can take (the site's functionality is somewhat complex, and so ...
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upload an “image” or “picture”, which is the right text to convey? [closed]

Working on the feedback form with an image or picture attachment, let me know which is the right text be used?
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Reasons to change font in websites

Recently, a series of websites (as an example I cite the following posts regarding Google and Wikipedia) decided to change their fonts. Although it seems like a harmless change (because, in most ...
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How should I include a multiple selection mechanism in a checklist site?

I'm building a small checklist on a website. It'll have multiple items that are able to be "completed" by checking them off the list by ticking a checkbox. However, I also want to add a multi-select ...
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Login in a popup vs sidebar [closed]

I have been wondering why most of the popular websites go for displaying the login form on a popup or a separate page vs having it in the sidebar. One of the very few of them that has the login form ...
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Website region selection on first visit

I am creating a new multilingual website where we have a single primary domain (.com) and the language is handled via different URL routings e.g: www.foobar.com/US/About www.foobar.com/UK/About ...
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How to combine full-width and fixed-width pages on a website

We have a technical support website that currently features our software product documentation. All pages have the following layout: Left sidebar, with light gray background displaying a content ...
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Should forms be aligned left or center, if less than full page width?

Our web application has a small header and nav menu at the very top, and below, there is simply a large area of open space. We have no need for an always-present sidebar, so there is just one column. ...
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How to provide the best UX for 2 similar brands? [closed]

My point : I have 2 apparel brands and same owner; They have their own identity. One product range could link one to the other. For instance, I have two separate websites. Examples of universal ...
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Responsive design for image gallery and widows

I want to create an image gallery where there are multiple series of images, and each series usually consists of 4, 6 or 8 images. Normally, the images are 200px wide with margin included plus there's ...
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Is it better to use a Likert scale or Semantic Differential for gathering attitudes towards pages?

For gathering users' emotional reactions to web pages via a survey, a researcher could use either a Likert scale (e.g., Agree Strongly - Agree Somewhat - Indifferent - Disagree Somewhat - Disagree ...
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Ideal column width for paragraphs online

There is nothing worse than coming across a website with paragraphs that span the width of your screen resolution. They are usually so hard to read, I don't even bother. A lot of web designers use ...
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Side comments on news feed

I am building a news feed and I thought of changing the location of the comments to be on the side. Besides Medium that does it more for footnotes, I didn't see a website that has real discussions on ...