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Potential Website Problems

1. Slow Loading of Web Pages

Dial-up connections will download data at between 1.5 KB and 5.0 KB per second. Broadband is defined as a down-link speed of at least 25 KB per second and most cable modem and DSL connections will download data between 25 KB and 120 KB per second. Why we mentioned this? Because many web designers had broadband internet connections and they are not properly design their websites to satisfy dial-up users and for designer everything seems just perfect, their Internet connection is 20-50 times faster than dial-up.Also, you need to have in your consideration that big images and graphics also slowing down load of your page.

slow loading of web pages

How page load is important showing that Internet users will wait 7 – 10 seconds for a page to load, or at least for evidence that the page is loading before they leave it. Dial-up users may be a bit more patient because of their connection.

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2. Poor Navigation

Website navigation should be consistent and predictable or your visitors will get lost. There are no standards for website navigation there are a few best practices that are used. A typical navigation scheme is a set of buttons or hyperlinks, on the left side or across the top, that take the visitor to a page. Sub-pages may be linked from the inside page, or on fly-out or drop-down menus from the links on the main page. Some sites use drop-down menus exclusively.

poor navigation

You need to create hyperlinks within the text of a web page and it is a simple task with website development software. Because of this simplicity, many website developers overuse this convenience and create hyperlinks to everywhere within the text; links that take visitor to another website, and those pages within the website. Using of “Back” button the visitor often has no meaning because it return visitor to the text were reading. When designing website navigation, think of your website as organized hierarchically, same way as Windows Explorer file system is arranged. Website development toolsis here to help you design your navigation structure. Some website development tools are simple and great for structure your navigating system, others are not so good.

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3. Inaccurate or Out of date Information

Announcements, sales, and events that are dated should be removed from the website after particular even, or it should be put in some folder that represents archive. Inaccurate information (number, quote, misrepresentation of your products) will quickly destroy your reputation on the web.

inaccurate or out of date information

Those persons who pay attention to grammar, punctuation, and spelling may leave your site simply because there were language errors on the site. If you are not comfortable with your writing skills don’t hesitate to ako somebody to rewrite your text for you.

Whatever you do, don’t publish your website with poorly written content. A website that is up to date, accurate, and carefully proofread will create a professional and favorable impression of your company, and this is important for visitors or shoppers to visit site again.

If you have a site that frequently publishes dated content you may want to look into having a web developer create an events page or calendar that will automatically publish and expire content on the dates you specify. This involves using technologies such as javascript or asp, which is something we will talk about in another chapter.

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4. Difficult to Read Text on Web Site

Most accustomed is to read black text on a white background. Studies shows that standard fonts such as Arial or Times Roman have easier readability. Resist the temptation to be creative when it comes to text.

Combination of colors, besides black and white, are possible but only with good contrast between background and text. Good advice is to not use patterned backgrounds or dark colors.

difficult to read text on web site

How we write our website content is very important. Studies show that web readers are far more likely to scan the text than read it word for word.

Savvy web users are learning to filter through the information overload that has flourished since the Internet became a household word. Users are looking for visual clues to the location of specific information and will expect to find them quickly or they will move on.

Writing for the web requires that we introduce information with concise and abbreviated statements. We should start with bold headings or a list of the contents in the site. We may use other visual clues, such as graphics or colored text to draw attention to key information. From there we can hyperlink to more detailed information and pictures. There can be two to four levels of detail.

Larger manuscripts or documents should be broken down into smaller sections, much smaller than we would divide the chapters of a book. We should provide frequent cues to the content of sections with headings or callouts. It is ideal for each section to take no more than a single screen on the computer although that is not always achievable.

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5. Scrolling Up, Down and Sideways

Scroll bars are available and it is very useful when your page is longer than you can view it on your monitor.

scrolling up, down and sideways

This is not really a problem, billions of web pages scroll up and down. Rules to follow about web page length and width to adjust site to be
user friendly:

1. The home page (first page of your site) probably should not scroll. Design the page to fit in a single window on a monitor set to 800 X 600 resolution.

2. Limit other pages to 2 or 3 times the height of the window view. Long documents should be broken into smaller pieces and published across multiple pages. If the document is fairly long, consider putting hyperlinks at the top or visual clues that will help visitors locate specific topics on the page.

3. Never include graphics or tables that cause the viewer to scroll sideways unless there is no other alternative to present the information. An acceptable example might be a spreadsheet table that simply won’t fit in one window width.

6. Pop-Up Advertising

Important in advertising absolutely not to offend your visitors with pop-up ads. There are advertisers who can offer you money to have their pop-up on your web site whenever someone visits your site.

pop-up advertising

Free website hosting services will have pop-up ads as the “string attached” for the free hosting. Nothing has annoyed and frustrated Internet users more vehemently than pop-up advertising.

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