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What makes a good website?

Discussion in 'Deprecated Webmasters Networking' started by Solmak, Aug 7, 2011.

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  1. Solmak

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    I have seen various arguments about what constitute a good website. Personally I do know what a good website is but if you are discussing with other webmasters who may not necessarily have the same view of what a good website is that is similar to yours, how do you with the argument, what are the things you ca use to convince a sceptic? the graphics, programming, the number of traffic the site gets?
     
  2. eUK-host

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    A good website imho. is a combination of everything, it should have a good design and layout where users should be able to surf through it with enough ease, the site must load quickly without too much delay, it must have a perfect and the essential description of products/services depending on the niche, it must look similar in no matter what browser you are using, it must have a design that is soothing and not something which will irritate a visitor and make him/er run away. This was from a visual an user perspective, you also need to keep the search engines in mind while developing a perfect website ;).;D;);)
     
  3. Sarah14

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    A good website is viewer-friendly, which means is has to be ascetically pleasing and easy to navigate. You want to make sure that the content of your website if presented to your audience in the most organized and efficient way possible so they keep returning.
     
  4. nagarmero

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    For me, Well SEOed site,User Interactive i.e easy to use , image optimized and of-course one which has best content can be explained as good website.
     
  5. Solmak

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    But most users don't even know what SEO is, how will a well SEOed site benefit your users?

     
  6. Farbyte

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    IMO a good website centres around easy navigation and engages the user.
     
  7. Cristina123

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    I am a visual person, so if a site has great images to catch my attention the better. But of course working with SEO, what a good website consists of having great content and newsworthy information. You could have a great looking site, but if your content isnt good might as well just give up!
     
  8. nagarmero

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    Being a Webmaster, I guess everyone knows what SEO really is and even if one do not known then SEO is Search egnine optimization which means to adapt the website properly for search engines. This increases traffic and no doubt site with good traffic can be called good website.
     
  9. Solmak

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    Most people argue that you should have users in mind when creating a website, not search engines. If you create a website that is user friendly, it will automatically be search engine friendly.
     
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    Clean layout.
    Optimized and clear images.
    Fast loading pages.
    When loading a page you should fairly quickly know what they do or sell.
    Visible contact info.
    Frames and iFrames is a big nono.
    Sitemap.
    Consistent navigation.
     
  11. Wooly Worcester

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    It's all about utility for the user, i.e. how relevant is the page/website to what the user is looking for. Deceptive pages are not good and only frustrate people.

    Utility can be many things, is the page authentic? Is it clear who wrote the content? Is there good contact info? Is the main body text useful? Is the supplementary content and links useful?

    Then it's design, is it clear and easy to navigate? is it well written in good grammar? Are there loads of distracting adverts, op ups etc?

    The search engine side fo things is also important and this should have been considered before creating the website... although text and meta data can be tweaked later, ideally this should be considered in the beginning to save you time.
     
  12. alglinksales

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    IMO a good website centres around easy navigation and engages the user.
     
  13. addison

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    Content is blood of any site. Content on your site should be quality one.
     
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    That's true, people always think of search engine and forget that at the end of the day it is the users who are going to access the site.
     
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    A good website should have a good Design, and font should be visible and attractive and page rank should be good Theme related Images..
     
  16. fastreplies

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    None of the above!!!

    content content content

    Is any of you ever wonder what some plainly designed, black on white Academic or Technical site which sometimes has no title, description or meta tag of any kind and with no PR is doing on page #1 in G., Y. and B.?

    Well, the answer is above in bold letters.

    comeon.

    fastreplies
     
  17. Wooly Worcester

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    Indeed, both main content and supplementary content.
     
  18. VPNeOMan

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    content is king. if it's not blackhat.
    design, usebility - it's not main.
    And website must have a good hosting so visitors don't need to wait 5 minute while it's loading.
     
  19. Wooly Worcester

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    White hat SEO is very important, otherwise spamming can leave your websites black listed.
     
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    I agree with you guys the website should have compelling content it should evoke interest in the minds of users and make them visit your site again and again and also it should not be heavy which happens due to excessive use of javascripts. This frustrates the users with slow internet connection and could result in loss of visitors.
     
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