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Reasons a website is "great"


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#1 JUICYboy

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 08:17 PM

I have been doing research on what makes a website "great" (makes it a popular website).
"I am learning on what makes a wheel a great wheel."

This is what I found out:
Good stuff:
1. The website has a purpose
2. It is easy to navigate.
3. It is simple yet complex.
4. It does not over do it with graphics.
5. It is organized with the appropriate pages.
6. It has short appropriate sentences.
7. It is inviting and useful to the user.

Bad Stuff:
1.Loud music when you open up the index.html (Music is something we will never agree on)
2.Website has to many pictures and logos.
3.Website pages have misspelled words.
4.Links do not work.
5.Flash takes to long to download.
6.Content is hard to read of background image.(I see this all the time)

These are not in any particular order. I know there are some I am not posting here. I have done my research but now I would like to know your guys opinion on what makes or brakes a website.

Thank-you :busy:

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#2 JUICYboy

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:09 PM

Another bad thing I forgot to mention... :angry:

Different fonts and sizes for pages. I have seen index pages with one font size and style, but then you go to another page and the font is a different size a different style and sometimes even a different color.

I did this on my first website project do :hysterical: .(Practicing)

Live and learn... :chef:

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:34 AM

Keeping the layout and graphics simple, keeping the pages organised, and providing content are always things to remember, especially if you are just starting. There is a temptation to "show off" your skills and overload pages with graphics and bits and pieces of nifty stuff; but this simply gives the reader a headache. I have to agree with 6)".Content is hard to read of background image.(I see this all the time)---even in discussion forums!

You have to keep asking yourself, why are people coming to this website, and can they find what they need quickly? People using the internet want a site they can actually USE, want clearly understood navigation if necessary, and want what they want fast; waiting for pages to load, jarred by loud music, having to find stuff lurking around a lot of graphics, will simply make most people close the tab and go on to the next site.

Pretty pages are no substitute for content.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:16 PM

A website opening un-necessary popup windows is disliked by me.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:03 PM

All these are very well to look out for.

Thank-you guys for your opinion :clapping:

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 01:37 AM

Colors that fit the purpose of the site and go together.
Example: A site selling yoga equipment with a color scheme of dark-red and black is a no-no.

As well, try to optimize the site to load as fast as possible. Waiting for everything to load is a waste of time.
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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:35 AM

A site selling yoga equipment with a color scheme of dark-red and black is a no-no.


What a completely arbitrary assessment. I call bulls*it. What leads you to that conclusion?

Edited by groovicus, 23 January 2011 - 01:40 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2011 - 12:01 PM

BTW, Yoga requires no equipment :)




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