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Most of the other answers here seem to be focusing on accessibility, which is fine, but is hardly the point. Screen readers are what? Less than 5% of the market for a general website? The reason "Here" and "Click Here" are bad is because they are useless words. They provide no context. This isn't an accessibility issue; it is a usability issue. There's an ...


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When links were new (think 1995), designers felt that it was necessarily to let people know that something was a link by saying "here". I'm not sure if it was ever necessary, but it is not necessary now. When people see text formatted as a link, they know it's a link. Using "here" as the link text gives no context (which is especially bad for screen ...


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Do long domain names really effect user experience? Yes, in several ways: Memory Recall Long domains are difficult to remember. A shorter one tends to be more memorable. The mind can only recall 4 things at once in its working memory. Even then, the words need to make sense (and not keyboard mash). Source: ...


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One aspect of this is accessibility. You don't get any context from the link itself. You can see further info on wc3: http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/noClickHere: When calling the user to action, use brief but meaningful link text that: provides some information when read out of context explains what the link offers -doesn't talk about ...


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Let them change their name. A woman getting married takes the last name of her husband (sometimes), and not allowing her to change her name at a website could translate into a poor experience for her. I'm a big fan of option #1. I had to go look up my ID# here at the UX website to find I'm #5737. Out of sight, out of mind, in a good way. I don't know ...


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It emphasizes the wrong part of the text, like this. Links tend to be visually distinctive, and draw the eye. (Less so now that they're not underlined in most cases.) But the 'here' is the least important part of the text, really, and so the link disrupts the reading flow.


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While longer than desirable, 27 characters (including .com) is not overly excessive, but yes, long domain names do affect user experience. Some more than others. 'Power users' know how to avoid typing the address if possible. However, there are going to be some users who don't have a browser with a suggestive omnibox there are going to be users who ...


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It is not so clear for people using screen readers. Often all the text is read out first followed by a list of all the hyperlinks. If the hyperlinks are just named things like 'Click Here' then there is no context as to what that link is for. However if it is named 'Full McGuffin product spec' then there is no ambiguity.


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A solution to this some services have used is to have a separate username and display name. Your user name is your portal to the site; what you login as, what your URL is based on (usually), and sometimes how people find you. Twitter is probably the most relevant solution, as they have good SEO but they do have a display name you can change. You can't ...


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Add a specifier in your statement. For example: cheap prices, high quality. It may not be the best grammatically, but it conveys the idea clearly and lets you keep the search term goodness


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I just thought of an option 3, which comes in a few parts. I'm probably being excessively verbose, but I want to make sure I've covered every case :) Only allow name changes every so often (three months should be fine to accommodate real name changes like the Jane Smith/Jane Doe examples above). Maintain a columns in the database of the past, say... four ...


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No. People place the most amount of trust primarily in .com, .org, and .gov and secondarily in .net. All other TLDs are subject to additional scrutiny by your users. In addition if I just know your domain, but not the TLD you are using. I'm going to guess, and I'm willing to bet most of your users will guess ".com". .com should always be the primary ...


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I have a Point 3 that is similar to the Point 1, but does not expose the ID of the user (which might give away some information). Instead, I would simply assume that a given username is, at any point in time, held by a single person. Therefore, the url can simply embed the time (or rather, date): http://somewebsite.com/2011-10-05/ausername Then it is ...


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Links are used in so many different contexts now, I think it's hard to have one rule that applies to everything. Links in a web-based application, for example, would never want to say "here" because they would always indicate the item (e.g. "Smith, John") or the action (e.g. "New") that is being taken. My guess is that you're thinking more about links in ...


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Other answers provide a lot of good points. I want to add that Web is a mechanism of making information easily accessible and this information should generally make as much sense outside of Web browsers. If you print the content of web page words like "this" and "here" don't make much sense. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that the text on your web ...


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W3C about here-link. Here-link is the bad idea which become a standard. Check the examples of placing links and decide which way is better. Page on which you are placing the link, nobody will search the page with the word "here". The text inside the link makes huge impact on the list of search results. Do you want to see your site higher in search ...


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Optimize the page for search results that use the word cheap, but downplay usage of cheap in the actual content. (You could try putting the word cheap in the site's meta tags. Also add it in hidden transcript tags for images.) Maybe even use the word in a headline to grab attention, but in the product description, use synonyms instead, such as ...


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I vote no for UX and yes for SEO (with a caveat). If your site requires a sitemap for a user to find their way around, then that's a smell that you have a poor information architecture. I don't buy the argument that they support users who know what they are looking for - like an index in a book. A website and book are sufficiently different that the ...


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As far as I understand, Page 1 on pagination is not always about Latest or oldest entries. Instead, it is about the most relevant entries to your query. The results & orders will change based on your query & it's relevance. If you select to sort the result by Latest, then page 1 will hold the latest items. If you select to sort in ascending order, ...


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Probably the most common marketing copy to describe this is "most bang for your buck" (though I believe that's mostly an American saying). "Affordable" also conveys the low price without as explicitly implying low quality. If you could say it's "affordable performance/etc" you could imply you give performance/good feature, but at a low price. The good old ...


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I think the CMS designers are probably right. The problem is that it is perfectly possible that certain pages are not valid in other languages - the entire site structure MAY be different between languages, and so the current location is not necessarily valid in a new language. Of course, your particular site may well be identical across languages, but if ...


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In addition to what others have pointed out, "click here" and similar is somewhat difficult when you're using a smartphone or other touch-screen device. (Um, how do I do that, exactly? I know I can "tap" it, but that makes no sense on 99% of personal computers.) Screen readers is just another example along the same lines that has been brought up repeatedly. ...


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I don't think there is a significant difference between these two url from the perspective of SEO. if you want to improve your SEO by telling search engine crawler the language you are using, using html meta tag is a better approach: < meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en"> Furthermore, I don't think bothering users with "which language do ...


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One thing to remember is the concept of people being able to recall about 7 items (established by George Armitage Miller's work on memory) in their short-term memory. If your name consisted of words like: big, dull, hello, car, house; each of these is ONE item because they connect to something already existing in their mental schema/mind. If it is something ...


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In short: It depends. Option One if it's a less formal/professional site, Option Two if more formal/professional oriented. I like option one. The various user groups I've worked with pay little or no attention to the URL, so unless you know url construction is an issue to your specific user group, I'd go with this. BUT, I have never worked on a site that ...


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Allow users to change their name, but only once every few months. When they do, the old username should be blocked for a few months as well, so nobody else could use it. When somebody visits a blocked page, a screen should inform the visitor that the user has changed her name, and people should update their bookmarks if they still wish to be able to visit ...


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Do long domain names really affect user experience? Yes. It will be annoying to your visitors. Remember, most people will visit your site on multiple devices, so they have to type that extralongdomainname.com on each device. It could possibly be detrimental to SEO. (Keyword Stuffing) As a side-note: Be careful with words like "Therapist" which, in a ...


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I think this article has some helpful information: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-analytics-adds-split-testing-feature-google-website-optimizer-to-be-discontinued/44398/ Use rel=”canonical” to tell Google which of the test pages is the main page that should be indexed. Once the test is complete, use 301 redirects to redirect users and ...


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I'm not aware of any research that suggests there is a fundamental problem with the word "here" in a link - it's the context of how you're using the word that may or may not be a problem. "Click here" is bad for accessibility because, as others have said, there is no meaning to the link when read out of context - a screenreader will read just the link text, ...


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Completely agree it is both a usability and accessibility issue and both do matter. Even if you only took the big stick approach that you shouldn't have a choice about accessibility as it's is a legislative requirement in many countries now. If someone is scanning text, then a single word here doesn't stand out or register against the keywords they're ...



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