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

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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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Logo - where should it direct within a website account?

Imagine there's a website with its content, but it also offers accounts that users can activate through this website. The account is basically the main functionality. (The website is mostly about this ...
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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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Is it okay to open a help link in a new window?

I have read Jacob Nielson's usability book and he says links should never open in a new window. Here are some of his reasons: Novice users cannot manage multiple windows and become disoriented. The ...
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A good solution how to localize and let user choose language on HTML page

I read another question where a poster states that flags should not be used for languages since flags represent countries. In my mind I agree but in my eye this solution is the best: Do you agree ...
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Having two different label alignments in one website / application

I've come to learn that label alignments have their purposes: top-aligned / right-aligned for faster completion (usually for forms asking common information) while left-aligned for slowing down ...
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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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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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Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
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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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Back breaking sites

What's the reason that so many site these days "break" my back button experience? Even stack does this: I read a question expand the comments, scroll to the first answer, follow a link, decide I'm ...
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Why do most websites have a custom skin where as most desktop applications don't?

You rarely ever see websites with a UI that has the same skin as the operating system. But, desktop application rarely ever change skins. Why do custom-skins work so well for webpages but not for ...
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How to handle account disabling and enabling

I'm currently building a small online dating service and am wondering what the best task flow is if a user disables their account. (When an account is disabled, all their data is retained but they ...
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Best way to show two different kind of login forms

I have a website where there are two different kinds of accounts: Student: a student, once logged in, can do math quizzes Educator: an educator, once logged in, can view various details about the ...
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Where are good places to display ads on a webpage?

Where on a webpage is the best chance that a visitor will notice an ad and look at it?
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Should multi-select dropdown/box have an “all” option?

We have a situation where we have an optional "multiple select" box, that looks something like this: <select size="5" multiple="true"> ... </select> This select box allows you to select ...
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News Feed vs Message Log, Sort by Newest vs Sort by Oldest

I'm starting out on building an application that will be a hybrid of a messaging application, but with "news feed" like qualities. These qualities being rich media, advertisement, and conversations ...
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So how big is the mouse pointer?

In the research of creating a design standard for touch applications, the size of the average finger pad comes up as an important figure (1cm x 1cm) But what about the interaction method we have been ...
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Room Bookings: What approach is best/intuitive/user friendly?

I currently have a side project going where I am learning AngularJS, the side project I am working on is a web based room bookings application. So imagine you are an employee of a company, and you ...
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Two column vs single column registration page [duplicate]

Which is the best? Single column: or... Two column:
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General name for the website style that appears in wide pages

The front page on https://trello.com/ is an example of something I am seeing more and more frequently on the web. It is almost like a set of slides, stacked one on top of the other. Here's another ...
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Best practice for currency input fields

I'm working on a web application, which I just received a request to make all input fields collecting currency data to be right aligned. Is there a standard for collecting currency data in a web ...
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Flight comparison websites 'delaying' search results?

Is it true that price comparison websites, particularly flight comparison websites 'delay' the search results of price information so users feel that the search is comprehensive? Otherwise what is ...
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what exactly do UX Designer mean in the web design field?

What I mean by this question is how can a person be an UX designer just by making a STATIC high fidelity mockup on a piece of software like "Photoshop" or "Sketch" or whatever. Does not the words "...
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What are your thoughts on using italics for primary navigation in a page header? [closed]

I'm working on a redesign for a large blue chip's website and the company brand uses a san serif italic font for the headings in it's marketing collateral. The brand/creative team would like to use ...
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Should “Printer Friendly” buttons be used?

I have an intranet application that has a few "printer friendly" buttons on pages users were expected to print, and I really would like to get rid of them. The previous designers didn't know what they ...
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How to handle a complicated registration process

Ok so it is a bit complicated ... bear with me In my web application, I have something called "Office" and it has many "Employees". An "Employee" can not exist without an "Office". So in my current ...
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Testing web site accessibility for blind

As a sighted person who does not know any blind people, how can I test that a web page will work reasonably on either screen reader or Braille terminal? There is various advice what to use and not ...
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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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Best practice for collapsible submenus?

I have a website navigational menu: Lorem Ipsum < Situs Pratius Quisque Dolor Duis Proin < Folios Artius Zalto Ramo Neque What should be the best practice for users; if a user opens up ...
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Long pages vs more pages

We're developing a form which may have a variable number of follow-up questions (based on user answers to an earlier question). Depending on user response, there could be between 0-13 follow-ups. We ...
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Expand/collapse all - Combined or separate button(s)?

Note: This isn't a question about which icons or labels to use. It's purely about usability. So, I have a page with expandable panels and I want to add a button to expand/collapse all panels. Now, I ...
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What's the best way to display reply threads? [duplicate]

I have a post and reply system. Currently when you view a post, you can see a list of its direct replies in a vertical scroller. You then click on a reply to see replies to that. I might call this "...
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How can I increase user adoption on a single-page app?

I have been working on this: http://spe.lt Now, I have had a few thousand people visit this. It seems like a lot of people find it useful, but not that many end up using it. I want to increase user ...
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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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Is a website sidebar a user blind spot?

I've seen studies about how ad blindness can prevent users from even noticing ads exist on a website, but are there any studies that perform the same research for the entire sidebar? On some sites, ...
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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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Caption below or above image for navigation purposes?

It was already discussed here that for layout purposes, where images and video appear on a web page, ordinary captions are probably best placed below the graphic — largely due to convention. I want ...
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Should all links on a website be the same color?

I'm not a web designer and would like to know about link and button colors. About links Should all links be the same color, knowing that sometimes the background has different color so the links are ...
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Is using the alt-attribute for text-as-graphics ok?

There are several ways to present text on your web page in exactly the font your designer decided; as an image, a flash hack, some javascript hack, dynamic fonts. But to this day, the only thing that ...
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Why do menu labels behave differently in desktop applications and websites?

In a desktop application when you click a menu, you see all the options which reside within it, in a drop-down/pop-up list. In many websites with a navigation menu which has sub-categories, I have ...
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Change text color when hovering over hyperlink

Should the text color change when hovering over a hyperlink? I usually change my hyperlinks to a lighter shade of blue upon hover. a:link { color: #0088cc; } a:hover { color: #0099dd; } I believe ...
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Should we show how many views a page has?

As part of a new site design I've put in the functionality to track and count unique page views. This is predominately used to create a list of popular articles and blog posts. Is there a negative or ...
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How to best deal with many thumbnails in a product image gallery

We have an image gallery with thumbnails that can be clicked to reveal a larger version of them in a viewport. Here are some conditions that the layout needs to meet: The Gallery has to cater to ...
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Shouldn't automated translation be optional?

More and more websites use some automated translation into what they think is my language of choice, be that by relying on a browser setting (for which I'm looking for a fix) or worse by geolocation. ...
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What image and message use in the “Not found” page (404 error page) [closed]

I've seen the robot of Google, the creature that has Github. I think that is question of imagination and what kind of data manages your web app to design a custom image and the message to show to the ...
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How to resolve lengthy hyperlinks?

When you’re editing content and have links to organizations or frameworks that has many words, the link might exceed an entire row or break a row. These lengthy links look ridiculous and could ...
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How wide should a webpage get?

So when creating a responsive design, how big should the maximum width of the container be? Should the maximum width of a webpage be fixed (width: 100%; max-width: 1200px)? Should it grow slower ...
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Whitespace in Web Design: Why You Should Use It?

Whitespace is a fundamental element of design and is commonly called "Negative Space". Why should we use whitespace for web design? Why does whitespace matter?
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...