Earlier today I came across The Surprising Truth About Ugly Websites, an article pointing out the benefits of having an ugly website. Can it be true that ugly websites sell more than their attractive counterparts? I don’t think so.
Questions about fonts and how best to use then in web design come up often. Questions about which family of font to use or what font size is the best are common issues that face web designers. Your font choices will make a huge difference in the readability of your site. And a sure way to lose visitors is to provide content they have trouble reading. So what are some basic rules to follow with the fonts you use on your website.
This morning I read an interesting article courtesy of the New York Times comparing the approaches of Google and Yahoo when it comes to releasing new applications. Yahoo’s approach has been to maintain consistency across it’s various products where Google has usually gone after the ‘wow’ factor when releasing something new. Most of us aren’t Google or Yahoo though, and the two philosophies has gotten me thinking about designs in our own smaller sites, particularly this site, and if either approach is better than the other.
One of the first choices you’ll invariably make when it comes to designing your website is whether to use a fixed or liquid layout. Both design options have their pros and cons along with their supporters and detractors. Neither is automatically a better option and the nature of the site and the goals of the site should probably be the determining factor in the fixed vs. liquid design decision.
Earlier today I came across a table on the ZDNet blog listing the top 10 visited sites for the month of February, 2006 (Note: The list is no longer online). None of the sites on the list will shock you at all. They’re some of the major players on the web and if I asked you to make your own top site list before seeing this one you’d probably include 7 or 8 of them on your list.