Website Usability - How to Make Your Website User-Friendly

Written by Regina Stevens

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If it takes longer than a few seconds for your webpage to load, then your images are too big or you have too many on a page. It is not necessary for a photo to take uprepparttar space of an entire browser window. Too many photos, without a doubt, will slow your website down to a crawl, even on a high-speed connection. Most people will leave your website beforerepparttar 138465 images finish downloading. You can makerepparttar 138466 images small enough for a slideshow or create thumbnails so that your visitors can select which images they want to see. Once your visitors click onrepparttar 138467 image to see a larger view, make even that image small enough to see allrepparttar 138468 details, but not big enough to slow down your website. There are quite a few image editors out there to use - some are even free. I use Macromedia's Fireworks to optimize my images. They have a tool where I can make my images smaller without losing clarity.

e.How do I test my pages for errors and user-friendliness?

Have a few other people look at your website. If you don’t think that friends and family will want to hurt your feelings, find a site with your color scheme; tell them that this website is not your website, but you would like their opinion onrepparttar 138469 color scheme and if it is difficult to read. You can also post your URL to various forums to ask them for a critique of your website. If this is your first time testing, you can ask for feedback so that you can get a variety of comments. Keep a copy ofrepparttar 138470 answers you get so that inrepparttar 138471 future you can refer back to what people have said about certain features. Later on, you can put together a checklist to go by for every website you design. I wouldn't use just one checklist to check all websites, but a checklist would be a good start. Whether you are a beginner or expert website designer, you will always need to test multiple times. You have a great deal of choices to check for errors on your site. I like to use W3C's validators to check for errors and to bring my websites up to standard.

Making your website user-friendly is one ofrepparttar 138472 best things you can accomplish for yourself and your visitors. Takingrepparttar 138473 time to ensure usability is nothing compared to how many visitors you will lose if you have a not-so-friendly website. Ensuring readability, fast downloading, and performing multiple tests will get you started inrepparttar 138474 right direction of designing user-friendly websites. Good Luck! Send me a link if you want me to critique your website.

This article was written by Regina Stevens, owner of Keep It Simple Websites ( If you would like to send comments, email the name of the article and where you found the article to articles[@] Take the brackets out before sending me an email.

Developing An Effective Physical Therapy Web Site

Written by Jim D. Ray

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Each practitioner has his or her own style of treatment. Highlightingrepparttar specific features and/or benefits ofrepparttar 138088 practitioner’s services isrepparttar 138089 most effective way to turn prospects into clients. Increasingrepparttar 138090 unique value ofrepparttar 138091 practitioner will establish credibility, promote interest, and increaserepparttar 138092 likelihood of taking a “next action step.”

Establishing a next action step is imperative in developing an effective web presence. All areas ofrepparttar 138093 site must leadrepparttar 138094 prospect to a point of action, whether it be telephone contact, filling out a consultation form, or requesting additional information by mail or e-mail.

Tweaks and Tips

* When developing content, be sure to include plenty of key terms and phrases inrepparttar 138095 site’s general text. Search engines such as Google rely on content text, not meta tags, to determine search placement.

* Include key terms in image description tags and hyperlinks. Describe each image or link using terms and phrases relevant torepparttar 138096 image, industry, and practitioner.

* Offer point-to-point driving direction to each office location by linking to a Google or Yahoo! map. This free service is a great way to increase prospect-to-client conversion, as visitors will recallrepparttar 138097 site provides driving directions.

* If you are a practitioner attempting to develop your first web presence, seekrepparttar 138098 advice and support of a full-service small business web design firm. Professional, affordable web design is available. Creating a “do it yourself” site may appear cost effective, however this can quickly become a complicated and time consuming project. Stay focused in your profession, and recruitrepparttar 138099 wisdom of a web professional.

Jim Ray is a seasoned web developer and president of Web Presence, a national web design firm serving the small business market sector. To learn more, or for a free quote for your own web site, visit the Web Presence at

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