Website Usability - How to Make Your Website User-Friendly

Written by Regina Stevens

In this article we'll cover some basics of website usability, in other words, making your website user-friendly. This article in no way covers everything you should keep in mind prior to designing your website - there is much more. I have listed five questions you should initially consider. I will be brief with each question just to give you a few tips to get you started. Keep in mind that testing isrepparttar most important task and should be conducted frequently.

a.Do visitors know which page they are viewing?

The best way to ensure your visitors don't get lost on your website is if you title your pages. Make sure this title isrepparttar 138465 title in your navigation area too. On your home page, orrepparttar 138466 one that is your "index.html" or "index.htm", you don't have to titlerepparttar 138467 page "HOME PAGE". It could be titled "About Us" or a page you want your visitors to see as soon as they open your website. If your "index.html" page is your "About Us" page, then putrepparttar 138468 header/title "About Us" atrepparttar 138469 top ofrepparttar 138470 page. In other words, every page should have a heading so that your visitors will know what page they are currently viewing.

b.Can your visitor easily get to other pages using your navigational area?

Make sure that if you have 5 main pages in your website, there are 5 links in your navigation area withrepparttar 138471 exact titles asrepparttar 138472 titles on your pages. With this in mind, don't make your titles too long. If you have articles on your website, make one link titled "Articles" in your navigation area. Onrepparttar 138473 "Articles" page, list your article titles inrepparttar 138474 body of that particular page becauserepparttar 138475 article titles will be longer.

c.Does my background color and text color make a good combination?

You will need to take this into serious consideration. If your color scheme is unappealing, visitors will leave no matter how good your subject matter may be. Ifrepparttar 138476 combination causes eye strain or headache, your visitors will leave your website and may not return. Examples: blue background with red text, lime green background with yellow text, red background with yellow text, etc. One other background I would like to mention: patterned/tiled backgrounds. These can be overwhelming torepparttar 138477 eye. No text will be readable on these types of backgrounds - at least not without difficulty. If you must have a patterned/tiled background, make it look like a watermark - full color patterned/tiled backgrounds will send your visitors away quicker than ice cream melts on a hot stove.

d.Are my photos too big or do I have too many on a page?

Developing An Effective Physical Therapy Web Site

Written by Jim D. Ray

Physical therapists have unique web presence needs. An effective site must:

* Introducerepparttar practitioner, and outline his or her style of treatment; * Provide straightforward content establishingrepparttar 138088 practitioner’s credibility; * Review services and common procedures performed byrepparttar 138089 practitioner; * Informrepparttar 138090 prospective client ofrepparttar 138091 features and value of selectingrepparttar 138092 practitioner as a service provider; * Offer immediate contact options, including a web e-mail form; * Display office locations complete with photos, address, and driving directions.

Style and Navigation

The physical therapist’s web site should be clean, professional, and torepparttar 138093 point. Avoid loadingrepparttar 138094 site with Flash, Java applets, or other features that go beyond basic programming. Keeprepparttar 138095 practitioner’s target market(s) in mind; potential clients are looking for information, not savvy design.

Of course, this shouldn’t take away fromrepparttar 138096 web site’s on-screen appeal. Images and text should be easy to review, however this doesn’t have to infer plain web design. Letrepparttar 138097 information stand out; complimentrepparttar 138098 text with images and basic page graphics.

If a logo, font, or color is already in use on printed marketing materials, incorporate this intorepparttar 138099 site so that all marketing materials presentrepparttar 138100 practitioner consistently.

Content Elements

Presenting content in a basic, explanatory fashion will ensurerepparttar 138101 web site appeals torepparttar 138102 greatest target market possible. Ifrepparttar 138103 site is loaded with concepts or terminology that is beyond traditional understanding,repparttar 138104 reader will indirectly lose interest. Again, keeprepparttar 138105 target market in mind.

If at all possible, be sure to include a photo ofrepparttar 138106 practitioner, as well as a limited biography. Photos of in-office staff are also helpful in developing a relationship betweenrepparttar 138107 client-prospect andrepparttar 138108 practitioner.

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