Having A User Friendly Website

Written by Jean Sutherland


Having A User Friendly Website Let's look at what your user wants to see at your website.

1. No Flash

For many who visit your website time is money for you and for them. The last thing people need to see is a slow loading flash front page. Unless your flash page is very unique and interesting enough that it will hold their attention I suggest you loose it. For people on dialup, and yes there are many aroundrepparttar world, a flash page is a download nightmare for them.

2. Page Load Time

There is nothing worse than going to a website and waiting more than 15 seconds for that page to load. Many of your visitors don't haverepparttar 131658 time to wait for a web page to load and nor should they. Timewise, many people will go on to something else if your page is slow to load. Ten years ago 15 seconds and more might have been acceptable but in this day and age of high speed internet this is highly unacceptable. Check this free site for help with load time for your website. Dcotor HTML http://www.doctor-html.com

3. Graphics

Do you hate it when your gonto a site for information and finding missing graphics. Worse than missing graphics are graphics that do not at least have an ALT tag which would at least give your visitor some idea of whatrepparttar 131659 graphic was about. When you have ALT tags it also allows search engines to recognize allrepparttar 131660 content on your site. Make sure to use good keywords and use them often on your page, as it will help you rank higher inrepparttar 131661 search engines. Userepparttar 131662 free link verification program at XENU http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html to ensure that all your graphics are loading.

4. Links Not Working

One of my major pet peeves is visiting a site and clicking on a link and finding it does not work. This is one ofrepparttar 131663 fastest ways to loose a potential customer. Broken links are something you should be checking on a daily basis. This is your bread and butter and you can not afford to loose even one potential customer. Again, XENU at http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html is an excellent free program to help you keep your website in tip top shape. Also note, search engines do not like missing links and you risk your ranking with them if your site is not up to snuff. Xenu will give you a comprehensive report that shows all broken links and their corresponding pages.

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Making Your Index Page As Small As Possible The old saying that time is money is never more true than when someone visits your first page. Getting it to load quickly is one of your main objectives. This mean you need to run your page through an HTML optimizer. Doctor HTML http://www.doctor-html.com, a free website, can be invaluable to you when it comes to shrinking your page. Your site will still lookrepparttar 131664 same but will take less time to load.

The Webmaster's Assistant

Written by Martin Day


There are many tools available to a webmaster to analyse website traffic allowing them to monitorrepparttar number of visitors, see what pages have been accessed and evenrepparttar 131656 length of time each visitors spends accessingrepparttar 131657 website.

However, despiterepparttar 131658 considerable data available what is missing is anything to tellrepparttar 131659 webmaster whatrepparttar 131660 visitor was thinking. Did they like or dislikerepparttar 131661 site? Wasrepparttar 131662 layout easy to understand or just plain confusing? Did they find it easy to navigate and mayberepparttar 131663 most important thing, did they findrepparttar 131664 information they wanted?

A website may be generating sales but why are some people that visitrepparttar 131665 website not buying anything? Was it because they didnít like what was being offered or they couldnít find what they wanted?

Website surveys provide webmasters with an excellent and accurate method of answering these types of questions. Direct feedback fromrepparttar 131666 website visitors cuts torepparttar 131667 chase, no need to guess, just askrepparttar 131668 visitors themselves how they foundrepparttar 131669 site and if they found what they were looking for.

With an online survey webmasters can find out:-

How often do people visitrepparttar 131670 website?

How did they arrive atrepparttar 131671 website?

Are they accessingrepparttar 131672 website for business or pleasure?

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