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    I Never Give Up roosevelt's Avatar
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    What do you look for in a website?

    Hi,
    So, when you visit different websites on your specific topic, what do you look for besides the relevant contents?

    To start, I usually look for a good navigation system, and slick design.

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    First thing First. 'Good Content' People Come to websites For the Content Not The pretty Graphics that are Hanging off the CSS.


    Good design, usability,Its Style,Making the Site Have social Networking On it. Is the Design Up to date? Nonone wants to see The Rounded Corners Anymore. /Fail/ People want to see Graphics that Stand Out Mean something About the site.They want to interaction with the Developer of the site. Theirs so many Things that i look into when i look at a website.
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    I also go on the design of the website, that usually attracts my eyes and easy to navigate, also the content, more interesting, more time I will spend on staying.

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    first content, then user friendliness, then load time.

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    All I need in a web site is to find what I want quickly. I really don't care for flashy slick designs. Just a clean, easy on the eye design is what I want. I completely avoid web pages of music artists because most of them are perfect examples of what a web site should not be. "Skip intro", sites are a complete no go for me.
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    1. Relevant content.
    2. Good typography and use of white space that facilitates reading.
    3. Clean and usable design without distracting elements and advertisements.
    4. Bearable download time.
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    A sense of activity certainly attracts me. Is it popular with others? If so, I may be interested in knowing why.

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    1) Content
    2) Readability/user-friendliness
    3) Load time
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    content..first ; regular updates second. No garbage designs. Even the best information can't overcome a poor or overblown design.

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    Content > Navigation > Speed (ads, images, etc) > Design

    s the Design Up to date? Nonone wants to see The Rounded Corners Anymore
    Sorry but how is rounded corners fail?
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    For me, I look for the following in this order:

    1) Good slick design
    2) a header section that takes my breath away
    3) Site usability
    4) sutle and clever use of gradient
    5) And finally content. In fact, content is the last thing on my mind.

    I look websites in that order when I am visiting gallery websites where my main motivation for the visit to get inspired. If my visit is purely for reading about something, then what I look for is obviously different.
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    First, the main reason why I surf the web is to find information; therefore, if I don't find what I'm looking for quickly or if I have to do a bunch of work to get it then I'm out of there promptly.

    Second, if I find what I'm looking for quickly and painlessly then I look around for design. I have found that if a site's content is good then it usually follows that it's structure and design will also be good.

    Third, I hate ads! Most sites that have great content don't really have ads or have very few which are directly related to the contents. I despise popups and outside links for images, especially the ones that gives you all that extra work, such as "wait 10 secs or click if you don't want to wait", "skip to content", etc. etc.

    Cheers!

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    i look for the About page

    gotta know who's behind the site -- name, contact, phone numbers, bio, CV, picture -- it doesn't matter what, as long as it's clearly a real person

    if the site is anonymous, i won't have anything to do with it, and that includes reading it
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    AutisticCuckoo nailed my list as well.

    I don't really care about super-slick, state-of-the-art designs. In fact, for many topics, that may be a turn-off because sometimes a slick site means lack of content. It often just indicates with someone that has money to burn.

    I just want a functional and usable design. Good typography, no clashing colors, no navigation where I have to do a hand-stand and use three hands to get to work. Just easy.

    And, another reason super fancy designs/layouts turn me off is because I like them to load quick. A popular good example of how not to make a site is World of Warcraft's site. There are so many images it takes absolutely forever to load the pages, even on my 10mbit connection.

    So, number 5 for me, which is mixed in the others is:
    5) Low number of images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitaldesperad View Post
    No garbage designs. Even the best information can't overcome a poor or overblown design.
    wrong. www.craiglslist.org, www.ebay.com, www.amazon.com, www.myspace.com.

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    if i search useful site, first i see content
    but if i buy online, first see the slick design, if the interface looks unsightly, i would never see second.

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    Slick design is still second to content. They really mean it when they say that content is king. Content is what brings me to the site (usually through a digg/reddit link), and more content keeps me coming back. I am tech savvy enough that I can find my way around even poorly design sites. Slick design may bring me there, but content is what keeps me there.

    Slick design is like that smoking hot girl from your dorm. Shes nice to look at and ogle, but as soon as you walk over to her and start actually try to get to know her, she totally lacks in substance or anything worthwhile. Looks are second to personality, design is second to content.
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    Content Relevancy, Loading Speed, Easy Navigation, No Cluttering of Contents etc.
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    Most of the time, design and content! But if it is in SEO matter, I always study their advantage on their competitors. And the I would apply it on my site or even do better.

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    Good navigation, load time and then content. The site can have great conetnt but if its hard to navigate and takes ages for the pages to load then I click right off. I just don't have the patience for it....

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    Usually I'm looking for a specific answer, so - content. If there's more people contributing I'm more likely to come back. If its a single author, they have to establish themselves as an authority with unique and fresh ideas - not claims about huge money or traffic that can't be backed up or investigated with detail.

    Loading time is pretty important. I've had cable for like.. 10 years now. I don't want to re-live the dial-up days. Mostly I like reading, so excessive media is just time-consuming.

    I probably rank visual style at the bottom of the list every time, but if a site has crazy offensive color schemes or total chaos like 200 outbound links and banners and icons I'll bounce in a second. Same goes for auto-play audio and video!
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    Anyways, content is King! Moreover, attractive interface and load time are also important!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roosevelt View Post
    Hi,
    So, when you visit different websites on your specific topic, what do you look for besides the relevant contents?

    To start, I usually look for a good navigation system, and slick design.
    I wander around to see what they've got to offer to their visitors.


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