Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Website Design

Think back to a time probably not so long ago for most of you, looking up something on your favorite search provider. You see a link you like and click on it, but when you get to the webpage it is full of ads, and has none of the information you hoping to find there. At some point in our lives this has happened to all of us. Below are some tips to help you avoid having to go through this experience again.
First, you must have an accurate idea of what you are looking for in the website. For me I determine if a website is "worth my time" by the content of the webpage (whether it is accurate or not), the layout (if there are lots of ads or few ads), and the ease of use (if what I am looking for is easy to find and easy to understand). 5 tips I follow when surfing the web are, when looking up things for school, I always go to the advanced setting in the search provider and only allow sites with the .edu or .org. This dramatically reduces the amount of useless websites you come across and you can be sure that the information you are receiving from the website is accurate. Second, I am always on the lookout for websites that might get a virus on my computer, and I am especially careful to not click on links to unknown places. Also I look at the layout of the webpage. If it is neat and organized, it is easier to find the information I am looking for, and makes me more likely to come back to that website. The information should be short but useful so you only find what you are looking for. I also like unique concepts or information presented in different ways. I also like a website that has diagrams and picture for what people usually explain in words, or they find interesting and fun ways to present information. This keeping web browsing from being boring and dull. I also like colorful websites. They try to make their site unique which makes you feel less like you reading the same information over and over again.
Some websites that I feel really present what I am looking for in a website are
Each of these websites presents their information in a unique succinct way. Their pages are visually appealing and you know what the page is about right away. These websites are what I would consider well designed and easy to view and use. They are all that I look for in a great website.

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