Some of the tips include:
- read this and win
- visualize it
- put the most important content on top
- make content pop
- you ask too much
- test – repair – retest
Some of the tips include:
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Everyone has their own opinions on the most important elements of a Web site. Most will say that content is king. Some will say that usability and accessibility are most important. Others will tell you that the design of the site is the most crucial part of the process. However, it’s rare that you see someone discuss what pages a site really needs to have.
Kyle James, a consultant for HubSpot and the founder of dotEduGuru, a Web site dedicated to discussing all aspects of Web site development at higher education institutions, made a post a few weeks ago about the three pages that every Web site needs. He claims that every Web site (whether it’s a corporate site, a college Web site or just a personal site) must include an “About” page, a “Contact” page and a site map.
I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment. Some of the first pages I begin developing for any Web site I create are the “About” and “Contact” pages. Then, for any site that includes more than a handful of pages, I begin working on the site map.
What do you think? Do you always try to include these pages? Are there other pages you have to have on a Web site?
You’ve conducted the interviews – enlightening weren’t they? It’s now time to put all that information that’s in your head down on paper, and pull it all together into a complete picture.
This article follows on from our previous article which gave tips on how to conduct the interviews themselves. Here we give you some possible techniques to use whilst analysing your interviews, helping mould your results into something tangible.
After interviews you’ll find that you’ve lots of interesting thoughts and ideas bouncing around your head, but probably in no clear structure. The results will be much easier to understand and convey to others if they are ordered into a clear narration.
Several popular websites have let their homepages be customised by users. New web technologies have made it possible to add slicker customisation interfaces so more sites are allowing users to customise their pages. But, should you do the same? Will it make your website better for users or will it make it unnecessarily complicated? Will users even want this feature on your site?
Currently websites offer a variety of customisation methods, allowing users to:
Molly at DemoGirl has created a video that takes a look at several sites and their usability. On her Twitter piece, I could add a million items but one I would absolutely add is a way to do a multiple delete on the direct messages. Deleting one at a time is time consuming and my bet is that by adding a mass/select delete option, they could reduce by millions of messages.
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