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How to Maximize Space on a Website

Even though web-page space is too, too limited, you can make creative use of a number of technologies out there in order to maximize your interface. For each of the following techniques described, there [more…]

Perform Visual Design Testing on a New Website

The visual design team for a website can create a few different “look and feel” options and test them with users. Aptly named “look and feel,” these designs look real enough to pass for a home page and [more…]

Perform HTML Click-Through Usability Testing on a New Website

The visual design of a website has a big impact on how users identify interactive elements and understand how to navigate through a site. So, it’s a good idea to mock up a few pages in the chosen look [more…]

Prepare To-Do Lists for User Testing on a New Website

In preparing a list of tasks for a user test for a new or redesigned website, keep in mind the main goals of the website. For example, if the main objectives of the site are to get people to buy products [more…]

Find Usability Testers when Designing a Website

User testing is an important part of developing a new website or redesigning an existing website, but when you're ready to test your website, the real trick is to actually find and convince a bunch of [more…]

Conduct Usability Tests on a New Website

Before you sit down with users in front of a computer to test your new or redesigned website, you need to get them to sign a release form and let them know you’re videotaping the website testing session [more…]

Develop Page Templates for a New Website

To ensure design consistency, ease of use, and to make engineering more practical, most websites use a small handful of different design layouts called [more…]

Create Comps when Designing a Website

Comps, as they’re called in web-design circles, are visual mock-ups of a proposed, new web design. They are the designer’s chance to establish what the website will ultimately look like — from the page’s [more…]

How to Build an Outline for a New Website

When starting a new website design, you must balance everything you know about the target customers and their needs alongside the list of your client’s business requirements and start sketching an outline [more…]

Web Design: How to Prepare a Search-Specific Sitemap

There is a lot of talk about sitemaps. One flavor of sitemap is a document created during the information architecture phase of a website’s development. Another flavor is an actual web page that lists [more…]

A Summary of Google Business Services

Google is so much more than just a search engine. It offers a number of services that online businesses can use to boost customer interaction and search engine visibility, and many of them are free: [more…]

How to Design Your Company Website around Social Networking

To make social design a seamless part of your company’s app or website, you have to “think socially” — that is, with social networking in mind. Always imagine what the user or visitor might be able to [more…]

How to Integrate Social Design from Google+ to Your Company Website

Social design requires pulling in the friends and connections of a user to your company website. Google+ can be a good source for these connections. Although sometimes you find the user has relationships [more…]

Build Your Own Small Business Website

Small businesses build either custom websites from scratch or template-based do-it-yourself sites. The options for building a small business website yourself are numerous. With small business custom-built [more…]

How to Find the Best Web Host for Your Website

The best web hosting sites offer a backup option that keeps your site running smoothly even after it is (inevitably) hacked. Peter Pollack, author of Web Hosting For Dummies, gives his take on the best [more…]
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