Articles in the Optimized Website Design & UX Category

What are the best practices for optimized website design and user experience? How can you design an attractive, user-friendly website that maximizes your ability to be found in the Search Engine Results Pages and drives conversions? Read our expert tips for optimized design and user experience, compelling aesthetic design, website architecture, usability and more.

Image File Types Explained

March
30
2015

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Anyone working on optimizing their website knows how important it is to optimize images. But do you know if you’re using the right types of image files across your site? Below, we’ll explain the differences between the three major image file types and when it’s best to use which. Read More »

DIY User Experience Evaluation: Where to Look & What to Look For

October
8
2014

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User experience can mean the difference between traffic that converts and traffic that bounces. If you suspect that your website is not performing as it should be, it may be time for a user experience evaluation. Follow these steps in order to find the “holes” in your website that could be contributing to a negative user experience.

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Custom 500 Error Handling in IIS 7 & Above

April
16
2014

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Many moons ago, I wrote a blog post about properly handling 404 (page not found) errors with ASP.NET. But an often overlooked and underused approach to error handling is the custom 500 error page. For those not familiar with a 500 error, it is the error that occurs when an exception is made. An exception could be anything from incorrect logic introduced into the code by the developer (not me of course) to malicious data entered by a user into a form field. If the developer chooses not to implement a custom 500 error page, the end user will be presented with an often very unpicturesque screen containing information about the exception. Often, this information can be very revealing and can give a hacker just the right amount of information they need to compromise your website.

The solution to all of this is to properly configure your web application to display a page that is more user-friendly, pleasing to the eyes and one that conveys a custom message to the end user. Read More »