How to Assess a Site

Let's clear some things at start: A web site is not an artistic painting. Real visitors do not see the websites they visit as oil paintings in art gallery. The Internet is a totally different kind of media; after all it is commercial graphic design. People like to find what they are looking for and be able to read it on the screen.


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    Check to make sure the website loads fast. If it is already loaded than press refresh or clear the browser cache and then reload the site. Visitors will not be impressed if it takes too long to load except if your website offers content that can not be found anywhere else on the Internet (which is unlikely). The average Internet user's attention span is only that of a few seconds. If your website takes longer than a few seconds to load, you may be losing viewers simply because they don't want to wait.
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    Try to guess what is the topic of the website without reading the content. Only guess by what can be found in the title of the website or the headlines. A misleading title can confuse readers.
    • Remember that the most important content should be included at the "top of the fold," that is, the content that is seen when the website is first loaded without scrolling down at all.
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    Start reading the content. Is there enough contrast? Can the font size be increased? If there are big text blocks without emboldened parts or bullet points that highlight content, the reader (especially a hasty reader) may become uninterested.
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    Make sure the website is accessible. Website visiting is about ensuring that web content can be accessed by as many people as possible, including persons with a disability, people living in remote locations, and people using alternative online technologies such as a mobile phone.
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    Use appropriate and consistent visual cues to show links. Take, for example, a change of color is most often used to differentiate between visited and not visited links. Topics describing the link should be valuable, and accurately reflect the link destination.
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  • However it is important to note that not all websites need to be designed this way. Sensitive or Responsive design is also not a replacement for smart phone specific websites. Website for mobile tend to provide simplified functionality and are aimed at enabling a user to quickly achieve a goal, for example checking a time of flight, online payment, train ticket book, etc.
  • Limit the use of images as it can be distracting and may slow page receive data. Website theme or background images should be used sparingly as it can make it difficult to read the foreground text. Consider designing your website to be resolution-independent as nowadays a website can be viewed on multiple web-enabled devices such as a desktop computer, smart phones, notebook computer, etc.
  • Responsive web design is the concept of designing websites in a way that will fit the device that it is being form viewed format. It should depending on which device is used, it can present a different layout of the website to suite the screen size.

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