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

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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by default view instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search?

Is there any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by deafult instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search? Google for instance does this but not always. ...
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Distinguish Web Template and Web Theme

I am building my own CMS, and it's time to work with front-end stuff. I do research and am confused why Wordpress uses a folder named theme while Joomla uses template instead. (Can anyone explain ...
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Arrow-border vs open-border for currently selected item in a vertical menu

Arrow border: Open border: Which gives a better user experience, and why?
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Display big numbers in a small area

I am developing an accounting app where I display several orders. Every order has a price. I have a box where I would like to display the price as shown below: This works pretty well for fairly ...
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Best way to handle code wrapping on a narrow viewport [duplicate]

Note that this is not a duplicate of this question. I reviewed it before asking the question and the accepted answer is stated as unacceptable in the "Solutions that won't work" section below. My ...
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Using delayed appearance of some UI elements to grab user attention suggest actions

I'm looking for some examples and opinion of delaying the appearance of some elements in mainly static UI. I'm not talking about banners, which are affected with "banner blindness", but rather ...
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Why do people still like and use tables in HTML? [closed]

I meet web developers from different levels of experience and backgrounds and some of them like tables for everything. Divs are great and tables are to be used only when it is required. Can anyone ...
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Default action for the “Do you want to leave the page?” warning?

When you compose a question/answer on a StackExchange site and then navigate away before submitting it, you get a popup, warning you: (translated:) The "Leave Page" button is ...
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How do you handle panning a map embedded on a scrollable web page for touch devices?

I'm currently developing a dashboard-style web interface with an embedded Bing V7 map and it's working great. On a tablet, usually the map will be shown half above 'the fold' and half below. This ...
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Proper web UI elements to select interval between snapshots?

Let us assume that I have a system where temperature, humidity, rain, etc. measurements are recorded at certain dates & times for certain locations (let us call them "snapshots"). This is just ...
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Better method of displaying recipes [closed]

I'm working on a recipes-saving application and trying to figure out which method of presenting recipes is better. Each recipe that is displayed on the page has a name, but not necessarily a photo. I ...
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Should user be able to scroll a web page while a modal is active?

As far as best practices are concerned, should user be able to scroll the page while a modal is active?
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why office microsoft website is aligned to the left? [duplicate]

I know this question pops up regularly, but if for some case I can understand left decision followed by just design guidelines, then for Microsoft I can't get my head around.. They have all web ...
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Will removing the border & bevel on these buttons make them look un-buttonlike?

First: I'm not a designer by trade, but I do occasionally do design some things. A week ago I began writing an open-source, extremely small (960 bytes gzipped/minified!) CSS framework. Since then ...
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Telling user about updates in interface

Our product is some kind of CRM for our partners and they want to know about all the updates we release. Types of updates we're asked to tell about: Technical — invisible changes (counting money ...
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Designing for 1280

If you had to design for 1280 without using fluid or responsive design (project constraints), what width would you set the design to be? For example, a set width of 1140 should allow enough gutter ...
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How should I link-back to a website's landing page?

My client would like to include a link back to his landing page (Lawyer Jump Page) in case a user mistakenly clicks to the wrong website link (either Divorce Law or Personal Injury Law). He ...
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Are mega footers good UX? [duplicate]

I've noticed that several websites — especially universities and web development sites — have recently started placing mega-menus in their footers. Here are some examples of what I ...
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Is remembering and using user ID when logged out a bad thing?

I'm developing a website for a group of people who play a game online. (It's for a mmorpg guild). I'm creating it all myself rather than using an existing system mostly to learn website skills as I'm ...
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Show file size of (inline) linked downloads?

Should we show the file size of downloads linked on a web page? For download sites (e.g. file hosting services), the answer is obviously yes. But what about websites that offer downloads only ...
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Are users more likely to sign up with social login? [duplicate]

These days social login (via Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.) is becoming more and more popular. But it has problems: some users are reluctant to link their accounts on different sites to each other, ...
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Searchresults on same page or on 'searchresults.php'

What is the best way for searching on a webpage. Should i show the searchresults on a new page or on the same page? (maybe with autocomplete). I personally like searchresults on the same page as my ...
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What do you say to a complete web design newbie to not crush his spirit? [closed]

I have a newbie for web design activity. He sends me a link to his new website, and it's all blinking gifs and marquees and Comic Sans. My goal is to encourage him to learn and keep trying. What can I ...
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Usability of transparency in navigation menu

I have seen a couple of websites using some css properties to make the navigation menu semi-transparent. I assume this has to do with giving the user a more continuous feel to the page scroll, but it ...
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Best aesthetically solution to overflowing data in a table

I have the following table which I created as follows: <html> <head> <style type="text/css"> html { background-color: #fff; } body{ text-align:center; } ...
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Multi-column articles

I just came across this article by Paul Lewis. The first thing I noticed was the multi-column layout. It's great that people are trying to break the usage of overused templates for articles/blogs, ...
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Shadows. Best practicies [closed]

Is there a golden rule to create attractive shadows for websites(Specifically accessible from desktop browsers)? The reason I'm asking is that I have a perception that some shadows look better than ...
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Mobile Menu with 150+ links

I'm building a website that has over 150 menu items. Normally, for small sites, I would use a responsive mobile menu for use on mobiles. However, as you can imagine, 150 or more menu items loaded onto ...
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Generic picker for FMCG analysis site?

As it says in the title I'm working on a site that analyses FMCG market (basically anything you can find in supermarket). I need to redesign our current "picker". There are a number of pickers across ...
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How to make file download progress more obvious

We have forms on our site that we're using for lead generation. When submitted, the user is directed to the requested piece of content and the file begins downloading right away. We track user ...
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Where to place the '< Back' link or button?

I am building a simple transactional site with two step process both on web and mobile (responsive). Target users both male & female age from 30-40 relatively tech savvy. First page is a ...
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Should users be directed to a 404 page or a landing page?

We have two pages. One is a landing page, given by the route /region. The other is a detail page for a particular region, given by the route /region/summary/{id}. The landing page is the normal way by ...
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Best order for the company history page?

I'm making a company history page for 2005 to today. Each year has a paragraph about what happened that year. I'm conflicted as to whether I should show 2005 first (and let the user scroll down to ...
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Can a visual progress bar be used as a navigational element?

We're having a bit of a debate here among teammates as to what would be a better UX solution, so I was hoping you guys could help me settle this. We have a linear flow through a data-collection ...
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Dynamic Banners on Websites [closed]

Often on webpages, you see scrolling banners with messages. I would like to know how these are created. To make my question more clear, consider this webpage: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk. On the top, ...
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Does Lack of Content Contribute to Higher Bounce Rate?

I've been doing some research in Analytics to hopefully discover why my bounce rate is higher post-redesign, and thus far, my results have been inconclusive. How important is it that a site has ...
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How to combine Faceted Search with 'browsing' action?

I don't have a UX background, so forgive me if I am missing something. I am working on a small demo, to explore browsing a list of items (movies) combined with faceted search. I was wondering what ...
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Alternatives to scrolling to display long text? [duplicate]

As you can see on the picture below, my text is displayed within a 'relatively small' DIV. Currently users have the possibility to scroll down within the DIV to read the full text but I don't really ...
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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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Will animated feedback be annoying or nice?

I'm developing a website called Fablelane which allows you to write your own stories and have others contribute outcomes or "chunks" to that story. Right now (if you go to the website), there's an ...
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Buttons instead of radio buttons or a dropdown

In a recent project of ours I am tasked with creating an interface that solves the same problem as radio buttons or a dropdown menu would, but using buttons instead. It approximately looks like this: ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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Would like some clarification on screen resolutions [duplicate]

While working on a website, I asked a friend what his monitor size was. He said his monitor was 32" but added that the size of the screen does not matter in web design, It's the resolution and that ...
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Login without breaking the user flow

Let's say a user wants to perform an action that requires him to be logged in (e.g. sending a private message) so a link is provided to him to log in with a message similar to the following: Only ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means 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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Tags or hashtags?

I have a website at www.flickwit.com. I would like to introduce tags to allow users to search for content more specifically than channels. I have been wondering which option would be more acceptable ...
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Adding “Select…” as first option (placeholder) of dropdown list

Would it be considered a good practice to add the word "Select..." as the first option of a dropdown list? I think it's redundant and not at all necessary and what is in the dropdown list should be ...
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When to combine comboboxes?

Let's say that my GUI has two fields to configure: input and output. Both fields are implemented with comboboxes that may have the following values: Input Values: A, B, C, D, E, F Output Values: 1, ...