The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

How to Evaluate the Quality of Your Website Design

Everyone is talking about good website design, but do you know what it actually means? Do you know how to tell if your own web design is working? Do you know what to look for? Without having a clear metric for measuring the quality, it is hard to recognize the quality. There is more to a successful website than simply looking nice or being able to function. Ideally, a successful website would be built with a specific strategy in mind, it is focused on usability so that visitors can navigate the website with success, it incorporates a style that is pleasing to the user's eye, it is filled with content that is relevant to the users, and it is optimized for search engines. Keeping that in mind, these are a few of the key aspects of a strong website design, complemented with some questions that you may ask yourself when measuring the quality of your website.

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Information Architecture: Taxonomy

When hearing the word taxonomy, depending on who you are and what your life experiences are, your association with that word might differ from person to person. Information architects will have different associations with the word taxonomy than web developers and computer programmers will have. Some people might be confused by the word taxonomy, this might not be a term that they use in their daily life. There are so many potentially different definitions of the word taxonomy that it's not surprising when there is confusion as it applies to web design.

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The History of Information Architecture May 6, 2016 by Garenne Bigby

History of Information Architecture

Information architecture, otherwise known as IA, is a field of study and professional practice that focuses on finding a solution for basic problems of accessing and using the large amount of information available on the Internet today. It is commonly spoken about in connection with web design, wireframes, labels, and taxonomies. Some people may argue that information architecture is not simply a science, but an applied art or industrial design. This is because it is, for the most part, a production activity, or craft, and it is dependent upon an inductive process and set of guidelines, best practices, and professional expertise.

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How Accessibility Can Benefit Your Website May 4, 2016 by Garenne Bigby

accessibility benefits

Most people take surfing the web as a daily activity for granted. For those with disabilities, the internet can be and inhospitable place. It is very important for the Internet to be accessible for everyone- this is not only beneficial to the individuals with disabilities but also for businesses as well.

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Steps To Follow When Redesigning Your Website April 25, 2016 by Garenne Bigby

redesigning website

Redesigning a website may come out of necessity or it may be purely voluntary. In the long run, a website redesign will save time, money, and effort for the owner of the website by identifying existing problems throughout the process of the redesign. This will ensure that the new website has a foundation that is strong and can be built on successfully. Redesigning an entire website is more than just updating information and changing the color scheme. Many times, a website redesign will also incorporate changing the content on the site, after performing a content analysis. A website should not keep content that is not bringing in traffic. This may happen when content contains incorrect information, is outdated, or simply has the wrong keywords associated with it.  

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