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11 Common Web Design Mistakes (Blunders)

11 Common Web Design Mistakes (Blunders)
There are tons of website on the Internet, and hundreds or probably thousands are created by day. Here’s a very interesting thing to ponder – What are the elements of a good website? Image Credit: tveskov Building a website can be daunting but the real challenge lies in making it usable. In this article, we would like to highlight 11 web design blunders that web developers and designers make and some suggestions how these mistakes can be easily avoided. 1. The web is like an archive of information. Suggestions:Google Custom Search is a neat, simple and effective way to get started. Here’s a simple form code to display Google’s search engine on your site too. More: Designing The Holy Search Box: Examples And Best Practice- This article details guidelines for designing the search box. 2. This is a crucial element of web design. Suggestions:Fortunately, there are simple ways that you can do to improve the users’ reading experience on your website. 3. 4. Suggestions: 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Related:  UI & graphical design

How to increase signups by 50% using “popup forms” Posted in A/B Split Testing, Case Studies on March 15th, 2011 We recently did an A/B test on Visual Website Optimizer homepage with an aim to increase signups for our free 30 day trial account. As you can see, our signup form is short (with just a couple of fields), has good social proof (testimonials on the right) and we have a direct link to the signup page in the website header. Thanks to these practices, our signup conversion rate was already quite satisfactory. However, being an A/B testing company, we can’t be content with status quo. So, we decided to optimize our website for more signups. Homepage as a sweet-spot for optimizing signups We could have tweaked our signup page in this A/B test. Note that above the page fold, we had a Watch Video call to action. Change the Watch Video button to Start Now button The first change we wanted to test was the most obvious one. This increased signups somewhat but the real game-changer was the following change. What this did was amazing! Tags

Flat Pixels: The Battle Between Flat Design And Skeuomorphism Get the Kindle version: If you're paying attention to what's going on in the design world, you've probably noticed the ongoing debate around skeuomorphism vs flat design. So here's a quick test. Which of these two apps is skeuomorphic? If you answered "skeuowhat?" But if you answered "the app on the right, of course!" The correct answer is that both apps are skeuomorphs. Defining Skeuomorphism This obscure word describes the way designs often borrow a particular feature from the past, even when the functional need for it is gone. Or, as Wikipedia tells us [1]: A skeuomorph is a physical ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques. While Wikipedia only mentions "physical ornaments", the digital world has seen skeuomorphism popularized in the past couple years mainly thanks to the recent iOS-inspired trend of rich textures and life-like controls. Microsoft's "Metro" aesthetic, as seen in Windows RT The Responsive Web

The myth of the page fold: evidence from user testing | cxpartners As web professionals, we all know that the concept of the page fold being an impenetrable barrier for users is a myth. Over the last 6 years we’ve watched over 800 user testing sessions between us and on only 3 occasions have we seen the page fold as a barrier to users getting to the content they want. In this article we’re going to break down the page fold myth and give some tips to ensure content below the fold gets seen. What is the fold? Above the fold is a graphic design term that refers to important content being on the upper half of the front page of a newspaper. Why we don’t worry about the fold People tell us that they don’t mind scrolling and the behaviour we see in user testing backs that up. BBC, Play, and the New York Times websites showing the position of the page fold Adding evidence from user testing When we user test here at cxpartners we use an eye tracker. Scrollbars are used to assess page length and to indicate content below the fold Just some clarification.

How wireframing makes your website designs better Written by Brian Cray on December 2nd, 2009 Wireframing in terms of website design means to create a basic "sketch" of your website's user interface. While many web designers jump straight from client meeting to Adobe Photoshop, or even to creating CSS and HTML prototypes, they are missing important opportunities in the website design process. Wireframing addresses extremely important issues in strategic design, client adoption, and user-centered design. The value of wireframing comes down to a simple idea: Wireframing forces you to think about your user interface design decisions in terms of user needs first, instead of in terms of what looks good. Ideal website design deliverables from start to finish Removing the wireframe from the website design process Without wireframing your website designs, you're vulnerable to these design pitfalls: Lack of focus on strategic UI design. How to start wireframing Conclusion

Why Your Links Should Never Say “Click Here” by anthony on 06/20/12 at 10:39 pm Have you ever wanted your users to click your links, but didn’t know how to get them to act? When some designers run into this problem they’re tempted to use the words “click here” on their links. Before you give in to the temptation, you should know that using these words on a link can affect how users experience your interface. “Click” Puts Too Much Focus on Mouse Mechanics Using the word “click” on your links takes the user’s attention away from your interface and on to their mouse. “view” relates to the users task, while “click” puts the focus on mouse mechanics Instead of using the word “click”, look for a different verb you can use that relates to the user’s task. “Here” Conceals What Users are Clicking Some links don’t use the word “click”, but instead they use the word “here”. when your link doesn’t just say “here”, users can skip the verbose text and go right to the link when each link is labeled, they’re a lot easier for the user to distinguish

Moluv - The World's Best Web Design - Today's Best Looking Web Sites Save the Pixel Most people who come to most sites give up without getting what they came for. That costs web site owners billions every year. How much is your poor web page design costing YOU? What concerns me is that the reason why most sites fail is not from lack of cleverness or creativity. (In fact, it’s usually the reverse.) Designers and site owners just need to learn web design techniques that actually work. Price slashed from $27 to ONLY $19! And it’s backed by my 100% guarantee! I have been designing web sites for over 15 years, and have seen thousands of examples of what works – and what fails. Discover Web Design Techniques to Make Your Sites More Effective I would like to pass that approach on to you, so that you can apply the principles and boost your web site’s profits. “Save the Pixel” gives you a clear step-by-step guide you can apply today to make your web site more effective. New! You don’t need to be a designer to get the benefit of this web design book. Simplicity is the Key Layout Space Ken

5 Simple Social Design Tips From the Masters This series is supported by, an online design tool that enables you to create your own Flash websites, social network layouts, and more, for free. Learn more about Wix here. With so much content competing for users' attention, it's important for content creators to have websites or applications that are accessible, clean and interactive. For sites with a social media focus, a solid user experience is even more important because if users can't easily navigate a site or connect with their existing networks, chances are, those users won't return. Joshua Porter, author of Designing for the Social Web defines social design as "designing for the social interactions between people using software." The methodologies and science behind user interface and user experience can be overwhelming for professionals, not to mention the content creator that just wants to have a site that can encourage interactivity with its audience. 1. Hess writes: 2. Nik tells us: 3. 4. Benjamin tells us: 5.

Why cards are the future of the web Cards are fast becoming the best design pattern for mobile devices. We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience. The aggregation depends on: The person consuming the content and their interests, preferences, behaviour.Their location and environmental context.Their friends’ interests, preferences and behaviour.The targeting advertising eco-system. Twitter is moving to cards Google is moving to cards Everyone is moving to cards The list goes on. Notes

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