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The ability to indicate subpages was the challenge presented to AgencyND. Testing showed that the solution most likely resides in the architecture, not the navigation.

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Website testing comes in many varieties: card sorting prototype testing pre-launch testing post-launch testing in-person or virtual, and others that I can’t even remember at the moment. I’ve been doing a lot of testing lately, and I’m loving it! Why? Because I’m learning so much from our volunteer participants than I could even imagine learning […]

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Clients want new websites and want them to work well. They don’t, however, always see the value of a regular testing plan to make sure their site is working the way visitors want it to work.

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Choosing a URL for a new site seems easy; until you try to do it. SEO, length, simplicity, ambiguity, spelling, and politics all enter into the decision. Here are some notes on things to consider when choosing a good URL.

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I recently studied a number of blogs and sites talking about placement and design of search boxes and buttons. While there is very little data on why decisions were good or bad, there are plenty of opinions as to what makes a good button/box and placement good or bad. Search Box Location The one point […]

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I preach content made for the audience: context is vital. It bears repeating. The Beloit College Mindset List came out this week. Typically, this just makes me feel old. But then, I felt old when I was 18 and mentioned Albert Schweitzer in a college speech class and was told that I should have explained […]

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Yahoo! has a new Style Guide. It seems to be a fairly good one, but even if you don’t want to follow all their rules, using their suggestions and incorporating them into your own simple style guide will do wonders for your website.

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How hard can it be to put up a good About page on a website? And it is that important? According to website optimizer John Hyde, it is important in order to build good relationships with users. In this blog, I’ve reviewed Hyde’s recommendations as they relate to a few Notre Dame sites.

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Practicing Your Passion

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I just read The Four-Letter Word that Makes You and Your Work Irresistible on the ChangeThis site. (By the way, the word is “love.”) I would highly recommend taking a few minutes to check out Change This. There are some really good thoughts about life. Anyhow, the passion the author calls for seems as if […]

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T362265NA3Q2 Every website should be tested for usability. Web visitors (users) will turn away from or devalue websites with errors such as: Factual inaccuracies Misspelled words Broken links Text that is too dense or too long to scan (Web users scan rather than read) Information that is “hidden” from users by being too deep in the […]

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