Like a building with hallways and rooms, a website is a virtual space made of links and pages, some of which contain ‘machinery’. And like a factory, it is built to produce.
Three key aspects of the construction must be particularly well thought for the ‘factory’ to produce:
Websites must be created to fulfill specific functions; these can vary to a degree, but most are a result of the desire to:
The structure, layout and ergonomics must reflect and enable the goal of the website. Today, no one wants to read instructions on how to perform a task online, and finding content should be a breeze. A visitor who does not obtain some form of instant gratification will simply navigate away.
Being able to predict the growth of a website is a difficult task, but starting off with a clear structure will always provide a solid foundation for scalability. Establishing a clear plan will make both the initial development and any expansion smoother and less-time consuming.
One of the most efficient ways of assuring good usability is to employ conventions gracefully:
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