Web Design Practices


People designing ecommerce sites: Have you seen webdesignpractices.com? This site has been around for a while, but I didn’t come across it until recently while we were kicking around ways to improve the checkout system on our site. (Unfortunately the “ecommerce checkout flow” part of Heidi’s Adkisson’s research isn’t out yet, but I did find the site extremely interesting.)

Adkisson surveyed dozens of major ecommerce sites to try to determine if there was some kind of common practices across these sites that might define some kind of “defacto design standards” (the idea being that if 99% of web sites have a logo in the top left corner that links to the home page, it would be a good idea for you to do that, too, because everyone is used to it). She precurses her findings with the warning that “the data presented on this site are intended to inform design decisions, not dictate them. Common practice does not necessarily equate with best practice

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    Great links! BTW, you might want to edit your UBB code ;)

  • http://www.xDevDesign.com/ xDev

    Thanks for the link to webdesignpractices.

    I’m looking forward to some posts on the graphic side of things as well. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.ianjohns.com MadDog31

    This is a really good column. I enjoyed the design practices link you passed to us…very helpful and will provide further reading.

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