By looking at the examples of greatly organized sites and poorly organized sites, web designers can improve their creating, developing, and organizing abilities. This list comprises 3 poorly organized sites with 3 highly organized sites. Reflecting the elements of these websites can give website designers insight on how to form websites.
Examples of disorganized sites
AOL.com is a monstous size website and brings up more than users can handle. AOL tries to do everything at once that users probably don’t care about. Users can only do a few tasks a one time but AOL displays more services than people can use. Users can’t even customize how they address all the information they are addressing. The information displayed is not customized to the user’s liking.
Yahoo.com faces a lot of the problems AOL.com does. They both offer many of the same services all at once, news, weather, traffic shopping, games, and sports. Yahoo tries to do everything at once and it shows. The navigation bar at the left can’t even fit all of the Yahoo! sites and at the bottom the a lot of same thing from the side bar. Good website design shouldn’t have multiple ways getting to the same destination on the same page. Redundancy can be a problem.
Amazon.com is the one of the largest websites on the internet, not only in selection but in amount of content shown. The picture displayed above does not actually show the entire website. The bottom had to be cropped out to be displayed. The website’s homepage is very long vertically even when there is no preferred given what the user is looking for. One advantage amazon does have is that a lot of the content displayed is from customer’s previous searches, but currently there isn’t a way to know what a user is currently looking for. There also isn’t a way to give suggestion what you want displayed.
There are several things that disorganized sites have in common. Disorganized are cluttered. They are incredibly large. Web developers should try to have visitors understand the website at a glance. Some websites rely on prior reputation of the business for visitors to know what the website is all about. A visitor of a website may come there because someone mentioned the website in passing without an explanation of what the business does. If the visitor can’t figure out what the website offers the visitor will think the website is not organized. When websites have larger amount of items its hard to have them all mesh together.
Examples of organized sites
Apple neatly lined up all their products in the navigation bar. Apple keeps their selection low to keep clutter out and for faster navigation. On the homepage the photograph doesn’t even cycle through multiple products, even when their are few main products to choose from. Choosing only a few items to display makes it easier to create smooth contrast, juxtaposition, and subtly in design.
Google probably the best example of having a minimalist approach. When they do display a lot of information it is because the user asked for it and its highly customized to what the user is looking for. Google’s homepage hasn’t changed much for a reason. The very first launch of google was similar to what it is today comprising of the google logo, the search bar, the search button and the I’m feeling lucky button. It is a friendly and inviting page for a page that is designed for an in and out you go purpose.
Inventables is the most organized online store I have ever seen. Even their name coincides what they do. They offer materials for creating great products. The site clearly shows that they have a lot of different materials to offer, but they do not display more items that can’t be processed at once. They have everything from wood to magnets, but its in disarray trying to compensate everything.
The more organized websites have several aspects in common. The pages often follow a minimalist approach. With less items to display websites being easier to organize. This aspect also comes with other benefits, such as shorter load times. Sometimes users want to access the search bar of a website, but they have to wait for the entire website to load before using it. Pages shouldn’t take up the entire screen. Visitors have a variety of screen sizes. Many visitors will want multiple want to view multiple websites at once, but use there are only a few visitors that will have multiple monitors. If they visit a large website then they will view only very small portion of the website when looking at multiple websites.
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