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What’s the ideal width of a search box? Is there such a thing?  It turns out that most of today’s search boxes are too short. The problem with short boxes is that even though you can type out a long query, only a portion of the text will be visible
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While giving your website a unique design is great, when it comes to usability, doing what everyone else is doing sometimes is best. Follow conventions, because when people visit a new website, the first place they look for things are in the places where they found them on most other
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Research has shown that visitors quite often do not scroll down at all. This does not mean that you should cram all of your information into the top of your design. But it does mean that you should get your message out early in the page design. You should just
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Our experience has determined that users really do judge a book by its cover… or rather, a website by its design. Elements such as layout, consistency, typography, color and style all affect how users perceive your website and what kind of image you project. Your website should project not only
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People instinctively notice other people right away when they come into view. On Web pages, we tend to focus on people’s faces and eyes, which gives marketers a good technique for attracting attention. But our attraction to people’s faces and eyes is only the beginning; it turns out we actually
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A study found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. On many forms, labels are put to the left of the fields, creating a two-column layout; while this looks good, it’s not the easiest layout to use. Why is that? Because forms are generally vertically
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We feel that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, business site, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use is key. Many studies have been done over the years on various aspects of
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Titles (the most important content on your site!) The page title is the phrase that shows in the blue bar at the top of your web browser when the page loads. Humans rarely read the page title when viewing your page, but search engines consider the page title when trying
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I am constantly researching keywords and working on my website and my blog. It seems that I have more time for marketing lately. But I am also bringing in new business because of my efforts. It isn’t easy. I have had to discipline myself to make ongoing contributions to my
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