Best Practises in developing Web 2.0 websites

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Oct 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM

This topic is all about to discuss best practises and guidelines to develop web 2.0 websites.

Dec 14, 2010 at 4:45 AM
Edited Dec 14, 2010 at 5:19 AM

Here some good information some good links for more information about IA, design or usability Heuristics:

 

Tips for creating usable navigational systems:

- Be easy to learn


- Be consistent throughout the website


- Provide feedback, such as the use of breadcrumbs to indicate how to navigate back to where the user started


- Use the minimum number of clicks to arrive at the next destination


- Use clear and intuitive labels, based on the user’s perspective and terminology

- Support user tasks


- Have each link be distinct from other links


- Group navigation into logical units


- Avoid making the user scroll to get to important navigation or submit buttons


- Not disable the browser’s back button

 


Steps to developing an intuitive website information architecture:


1.  Find out what the mission or purpose of the website is:  Interesting tropic? 

2. Determine the immediate and long-range goals of the site:  Are they different?


3. Pinpoint the intended audiences and conduct a requirements analysis for each group.


4. Collect site content and develop a content inventory.


5. Determine the website’s organizational structure, which can include:

- Hierarchical 

- narrow and deep 

- broad and shallow

- Sequential 

- Tag-based  

6. Create an outline of the site, which can include:

- Content Inventory - a hierarchical view of the site content, typically in a spreadsheet format, which briefly describes the content that should appear on each page and indicates where pages belong in terms of global and local navigation improve header and web page connection 

- Site Maps - visual diagrams that reflect site navigation and main content areas 


7. Create a visual blueprint of the site, which can include:

- Wireframes -  good rough illustrations of page content and structure, which may also indicate how users will interact with the website        

8. Define the navigation systems:

- Global navigation - appear on every page of the site, typically as a menu located at the top or sideof each web page      

- Local navigation - appear as text links within the content of a page or as a submenu for a section of the website         

- Utility links  - appear in the header or footer of every page       


9. Conduct user research:

- Draft navigation structure, conduct appropriate usability research to collect feedback from the target audience     

- Methods may include Card Sorting, Cognitive Walkthroughs, Contextual Task Analyses      

 
Go under http://www.usabilityfirst.com/ and you find more information about IA!!!


Heuristic Evaluation by Jakob Nielsen:


- Visibility of system status


- Match between system and the real world


- User control and freedom


- Consistency and standards


- Recognition rather than recall


- Flexibility and efficiency of use


- Aesthetic and minimalist design


- Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors


- Error prevention


- Help and documentation


Go under http://www.useit.com/papers/heuristic/heuristic_list.html  and you find more information Heuristic Evaluation by Jakob Nielsen!!!

 

 

Angela