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Criteria that make up a good website?
« on: March 28, 2010, 10:34:11 PM »
So, I'm nearing the end of my Internet/Web Development class, and eventually we'll be required to create a 3-page website project from scratch and I was wondering what you guys think makes up a good site. o:
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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 09:19:27 AM »
You should have a solid content about your site. Having some things unrelated to it will make it worse. Also, you should prevent having some errors/bugs in your site...a bit like games, only a website is not a game.

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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 09:30:18 AM »
  • Neat design
    • no bugs
    • not too 'heavy'
    • adequate and harmonizing colors
    • light colors
    • not too many graphics
    • good structure → clearly arranged
    • no 'huge' pages where you have to scroll down 25 metres before you reach the bottom
  • Content
    • design should suit the content and vice verse
    • well-written content
    • coherent content

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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 10:13:33 AM »
Hmm... I have heard that one of the biggest issue with websites is that people don´t use enough white space. So don´t forget that n_n
Colours are important. This and this might help

  • no 'huge' pages where you have to scroll down 25 metres before you reach the bottom

Well, they can be interesting... http://iampaddy.com/lifebelow600/  :)

Maybe something else that could help:
*http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/31/10-principles-of-effective-web-design/
*http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/06/10-web-design-rules-that-you-can-break/
*http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/12/minimalist-web-design-when-less-is-more/
*http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/02/10-web-typography-rules-every-designer-should-know-2/

Oh, and there is one amazing website I found that should give web designers inspiration. http://abduzeedo.com/ :3
There are a lot of sites to help people create wonderful websites. Just look around, I am sure you will find quite a few n_n
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http://wanderstarstudios.com/ - game Rax & I are working on

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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 01:29:59 PM »
No giant things that are following your mouse around..... :angry: I hate those buggers...

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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2010, 05:26:13 PM »
^Indeed. And personally, i hate it when websites have music embedded into them (or at least don't allow you to turn it off), cuz WHENEVER i'm on the computer i'm listening to music.

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Re: Criteria that make up a good website?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2010, 06:47:54 PM »
I no longer know much about website-making(used to do it all the time, and I used be able to do all sorts of stuff with HTML; now all I can do is a few fancy tricks for story titles or character sheets. -sigh-), but I can give you some advice on design, at the very least.

- Don't use light(or, if your background is dark--don't use dark) or bright-colored text for the majority of your text... or just don't in general. x__x Light is obvious--unreadability. But bright-colored text is just plain annoying and harsh on the eyes. If you have a dark background... white, or a pale color that fits with your color scheme, no neon colors, PLEASE.  And in the layout and design in general, more subdued colors that blend well are much more pleasing than lots of bright, bold colors that are all over the place on the color wheel. Of course, you can make the latter work, but it's much harder and takes more thought and concentraction. And lots of white--it's probably just my personal taste, but I find that bright colors only work against a lot of white.
- Please, no music, unless a) you can turn it off, AND('and', NOT 'or') b) it's very subtle and quiet and non-distracting. Rock, pop, country... none of that will work here. In fact, if it has lyrics, it probably won't work. Unless they're in another language--and even then, probably not; about the only other language I can say is not distracting to listen to would be Latin(but again, that may just be me)--words = distracting and annoying. Soft and subtle instrumental music can work, though.
- Lots of graphics = (usually) bad, it's hard on the computer and just annoying to wait for tons of things to load. You don't actually need graphics at all, really--amazing things can be done with just HTML/CSS that look just as good as an all out Photoshop layout. But graphics can add things, too; it depends on the content and theme of the site.
- Have a decent color scheme. Decide what type of color scheme it is, and stick with it. Is it monochromatic? Analogous? Complementary? Neutral? Accented neutral(my personal favorite, omg, beiges and browns or greys and blacks with a little bit of red or orange? Love. <3)? Warm? Cool?
- Pay attention to the position of things on a page, especially when using any sort of visual aid. Don't make the reader have to move their gaze all over the place--everything should go fluidly in one direction.
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