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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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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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I’m always in the market for free tools to help me in my work, and I’ve fallen in love with Evernote (software for taking notes) for several reasons: I can take notes in a meeting and actually read most of them later on (I have horrible handwriting) I can immediately sync my notes between my […]

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I found a site today that had this statement across the page: I’m glad your website has spelling mistakes. It confirms my initial thoughts that you are an idiot. Now, while I can’t say I approve of the language used throughout the other pages of his site, the author has a valid point. Why shouldn’t […]

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When you find someone who interests you more than usual, you will often go out of your way to try to impress that person: dress up a bit; maybe get a haircut; shower regularly (thank you!); and work really, really hard at being polite, sensitive, and interesting. You may even pretend you’re someone you’re not […]

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We tell clients they need an elevator pitch for their home page, and often they look at us like we’re from another world. Why an elevator pitch? We’re an academic institution; we’re not selling anything!

Ah, but I disagree.

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