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The Importance of Progress Bars

Progress bars, as the name implies, exist to show users their progress in whatever task they set out to do. If your website is a

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Turning Terrible Taglines to Terrific Ones

A tagline is a very important element of any website. Taglines are not meant to simply be witty and catchy but to also be

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Helping Users Navigate through Your Page: Structure

One of the most important things that would help your user navigate through your website is making sure that everything is

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Primary and Secondary Navigation

Primary and secondary navigation labels are simply links that lead your users to the desired section/page of your website. The

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Helping Users Navigate through Your Page: Breadcrumbs

I have written about breadcrumbs and why it is important in navigation. However, those who are new to usability might get confused

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Page Titles and Headings

From the moment users land on your website to the time they close their browser your website’s design will determine whether they

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Importance of Accessibility

If you are a web designer and has heard of the lawsuit that Bruce Sexton along with Baltimore-based National Federation of the

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Designing Your Help Files

When designing help files for your website you should consider several things. As mentioned in my previous post the feel of the

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Usability Considerations: Help Files Continuation

Aside from pages with downloads other web pages where help is appropriate include: gaming sites - A help page where game

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Usability Considerations: Help Files

In the previous post I discussed the importance of helping users get back on track after making mistakes through the use of

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Usability Considerations: Errors and Help Part II

To minimise the occurrence of user mistakes the best thing to do, as I have asserted repeatedly, is to perform user testing. User

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Usability Considerations: Errors and Help

Two very important factors that should be considered and go hand in hand are the errors and amount and type of help that will be

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Usability Considerations: Insight on Users’ Backgrounds

There are so many things that need to be considered about your users’ backgrounds. However, I discussed only four factors that

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Usability Considerations: Users Background

Aside from the age and location of your users the user’s job as well as computer skills will affect your website design.

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Usability Considerations: Users Background (Age & Location)

Aside from the needs and/or wants of your users you also need to consider the background of your users. Websites

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Usability Considerations: Users Needs and Wants

Before anything else Happy New Year to all of you!!! I had a great time during the holidays but it’s back to work for

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Usability Testing Basics continued

Note that when talking about usability studies user testing is different from focus groups. As mentioned before in user testing

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Usability Testing Basics

On my post on Signs that your Website Needs to be Redesigned I mentioned how running tests is the way to determine a

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Usability Components: Errors

The last usability component left to discuss are errors. This component is of utmost importance in website design. Depending on

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Usability Components: Memorability and Satisfaction

Last post I discussed the importance of learnability and efficiency of use in web design. Today the component of usability that

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Usability Components: Learnability and Usability

According to Jakob Nielsen and Ben Schneiderman, a usability expert and a computer scientist the components of usability

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Usability Basics

As I have written again and again in this blog, usability is essential to a good website design. A pretty looking site that has

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Website Redesign Usability Issues

If your website is suffering from lots of usability issues then it is a signal for you to consider a site redesign. By the way, it

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Website Redesign: Standard Adherence

Last post I mentioned two signs that your website needs to be redesigned - an outdated look and a design that hurts your site’s

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Your Website Needs to Be Redesigned?

An outdated look - If your site looks like it has been left behind then, whether your site is performing well or not, it is

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Finding Out if Is it Time to Redesign Your Website?

The answer to this question is not always a clear one. In some cases when the current website looks obviously horrible then the

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Web Anayltics: Measuring Your Site’s Performance

So your website finally has a good design. What now? It isn’t enough to invest resources on making sure that your website design

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Navigation in Web Design

The tools for web design and hence the web pages that we eventually create out of it has evolved through time. Back then, website

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Blog Design: The Look

Since I have previously stressed the importance of a professional looking blog design already discussed ways in which to address

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Blog Design: More on Navigation

Aside from the navigation features I mentioned in the last post such as the search box and use of categories there are other