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Web best practices workshop

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Web best practices workshop

We offer our clients an in-house workshop on best practices in making websites easy to navigate. This workshop also covers techniques for presenting online content. While there is no standard that covers this area, we argue that complying with the following basic principles delivers a website that is easier to use.

RockSolid’s web best practices workshop outlines a number of approaches to intranet and website navigation. This workshop also covers techniques for presenting online content. Whlist there is no standard that covers this area, we argue that complying with the following basic principles delivers a website that is easier to use.

Global navigation aides refer to tools that appear on every page of the website. Visitors are comfortable using these tools because they appear consistently no matter which page of the website is being viewed. Web best practice on global navigation

2. Menu Navigation


Jacob Nielsen stated in 1998 that the web would not reach its full potential until navigation is standardised across websites.

Whilst there is still no standard for website navigation, conforming to one of the following three conventions ensures visitors to your website quickly recognise menu navigation that is familiar to them: Web best practice on menu navigation

3. Screen layout

Positioning key messages where they will be noticed

The top left quadrant of the page is an ideal position to place key messages.

The visitor’s eye will generally track across to the right side of the page before scanning down the page.

Examples of key message placement can be found on the mainstream news websites, for example:

www.ninemsn.com.au

www.thevine.com.au

Web best practice on screen layout
Suitable contrast between foreground and background is important to ensure that the text on your website is easy to read. Web best practice on colour and contrast