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Which symbol should I use in the title: “|” or “-”?

So there are two way of writing a site's page title: Meow | Photo Magazine or: Meow - Photo Magazine Which one is better (for SEO and for users)?
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Bad to add external link in the navbar?

Is it considered a bad practice to have external links in the navbar of a website? In my case, I am thinking of selling some of my items on a new website that I previously sold on my current website....
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Do we need RSS buttons?

Wait! Before you comment or answer – did you actually read the whole question? Did you notice that the question ends in the word "button" ? If this is how the question appeared to you: then ...
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Will 'back to top' links/buttons make my site more usable or just be noise on the page?

I've see lots of sites with links that will take you to the top of the page, but I've actually needed to use one. I've seen some sites where I can see ~7 of these links on the screen at once, whereas ...
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Content position Importance

I have a site which has just external news links, I also have a few sentences to describe the page. What is a good position for the page description in terms of UX and bots perspective? These are the ...
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AMP version of entire website

I read about Google's AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and I think it is a nice initiative. But I can't really determine the use of AMP for our website, since to me it seems more for article and product ...
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Is it bad for SEO to use a continue reading toggle?

Is hiding content (only showing the first 150 characters) to minimize scrolling on a webpage bad? If I Google this question I get results of things like: Is it bad to use read more links on the ...
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Google mobile usability errors

I received an email from Google saying my site has some mobile usability issues. The email said the following: We’ve found critical mobile usability issues in pages on my website. Mobile ...
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How should I deal with a 'Contact Us' Form?

Often you'll see websites with a "For any questions, please contact us..." followed by a box for your name, email, subject, maybe some invoice data... When should these be implemented on a website? ...
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Can my heading contain a hyperlink? Does this violate usability or web accessibility principles?

Is it acceptable practice to hyperlink my headings (h2 etc.)? For example: Header X blurb … Header Y blurb … Does this violate usability principles? How about web accessibility/...
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Pipes or colons in HTML title tags?

Other than esthetics, are there any valid reasons to choose pipes vs colons in an HTML <title> tag, or vice-versa? Usability? SEO? Example: <title>Example.com | Top 10 list of stuff</...
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what are good UI ways for editing xml files in web pages? [closed]

I have an xml file which contain a lot fields and sub fields, I am not sure yet, but around 100 or 200 of fields. Fields value types may need true/false , others need drop down to select from, and ...
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Can Google DFP email out reports with CSV attachments from pre-defined templates?

We have recently changed our advertising setup from OpenX over to Google DFP. One of the biggest headaches is setting up the automated reports with CSV attachments for our clients. There are TOO MANY ...
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Should notification messages be embedded in html or separate using jQuery?

I was originally thinking I could make a notification bar using jQuery. The downside is if someone has javascript disabled, they would never see the message. The upside is that the messages wouldn't ...
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Best method to avoid link juice dilution when a page has lots of links

I have a page where there are say above 500 links. Most (484 of them) are all stacked in 2 table cells. They all point to a search result with each link showing a different search result. What is ...
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Should I worry about people disabling Javascript?

Often when picking new tools and frameworks I see the warning "Will not work if the user has disabled Javascript". I then look at my Javascript powered slideshow, Javascript powered menu, and ...
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Importance of custom 404 pages?

I've read in a few design blogs that it's important to design custom 404 pages, but why is this? Don't most users know what these are as you tend to end up seeing them from time to time. Also, if ...
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SEO perspective on non existent directory base in URL?

I'm wondering if there will be any SEO/readability/memorability benefit to using this kind of URL structure for my upcoming project: www.moviereviews.com/movie/name? Considering that /movie is not a ...
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Do users resize text?

I'm redesigning a website. For certain content areas the layout is fine at my text size but screws up if I set the text any bigger. I often resize pages with Firefox, but the whole page resizes so the ...
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Mobile device screen resolution statistics?

Are there any statistics (or an industry standard) for mobile device screen resolutions? I'm optimising a site for mobile. So far I've just used one media query and it works fine down to about 240px ...
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How to handle ecommerce customers that claim they cannot checkout [closed]

I work for an ecommerce company and we have always had the problem where some of our customers claim they cannot checkout for some reason. This usually results in the CS department forwarding me the ...
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How do I test the usability of my website?

How do I evaluate my website from a usability standpoint?
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Should I depaginate my webpages? What is the best usability? [closed]

My website is mostly a collection of things I've written, ranging from short to long; the very shortest are a large screenful and the very longest are the length of a short book. Most of the longer ...
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What would be a good web based open source or low cost learing collaboration tool for high school students? [closed]

Have about 60 kids that are working on a science projects in two groups. Each group would like a web portal where they can discuss topics relating to what they are building, post questions, pictures, ...
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Search Result Organization

I'm creating an AJAX live search on a website I'm working on. Users will select values from a few dropdowns and a list of products will be returned based on what they select. Some possible fields ...
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Do user names used for login need to be unique?

Assuming a non-commercial site where users login with a user name and pw, do I need to enforce unicity of usernames? Note: The db will use a separate unique index to identify the users. The site is ...
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HTTPS best practices for SEO and usability

Consider a page, http://example.com, which can be viewed both publicly and when a user authenticates. Now suppose you enable HTTPS for every page when a user logs into your website, but only when they ...
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Using a hyphen in the domain name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name ? I am looking to buy a domain where the obvious choices have already been purchased. Example: domaintest.com or domaintest....
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What are the different ways of making a Joomla! website mobile friendly?

I am involved in the development of a number of Joomla! websites and we would like to make these websites mobile friendly. I have done a bit of searching online and I can't seem to find any standard ...
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Why, on StackExchange sites, is the post title on the question page a link to itself?

It may look like a question for meta.stackoverflow.com, but I'd like to know if this decision has something to do with SEO or if this improve the user experience somehow. It's a link to the same page ...
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When is it ethical/legal to use a service like luckyorange.com?

http://www.luckyorange.com/index.php While I know that tools like this might be tremendously useful for me as a site owner, as a user I would find it really creepy if a site recorded all my mouse ...
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Is there any research into error rates on websites?

My organization runs a reasonably large web application, which occasionally has errors (although not as often as you would think from dealing with bug duty). I was wondering if there is any research ...
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How to know if any website is using Google Website optimizer for A/B testing?

How to know if any website is using Google Website optimizer for A/B testing? By viewing a source code. For what to look into view source which confirms that site is using Google Website optimizer
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Bounce rate issues

I currently have a site which shows the best uk speaker deals and I am having bounce rate problems. The site simply allows the user to search for the best deals and then go to the provider’s site (...
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Plain Text email support: Is it still needed in 2011?

For many years I have been building emails that get sent out by my webapps that are Multi-part with a text part & an email part to allow users of plain text only email clients to default to the ...
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Best way to let users choose country/language when submiting an URL to a directory

I want to offer the user the possibility to add the country/language for websites they would submit to a fairly simple website directory. I have a folder with flags from http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/...
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What can I do to increase my site's conversion rate?

I have a UGC site where I get some people from search. Most of them just leave, but I want to learn what to do to increase their conversion into community members. Is there any free software ...
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How can I obtain click data to sort a list of URLs?

If you had a list of URLs and you wanted to show which of them was more important than the others (by click-through), how would you gain the number of clicks for a given link so that you could sort ...
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Best way to let users enter 'infinity' in a html form

I have a form with a field "quantity" which can have the value "unlimited / infinity": Quantity: [ ] What would be a good way to let users enter "infinity"? Some ideas: 1) Tell the user that -1 ...
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Good tools to measure a page’s usefulness?

I'd like to add a "Was this page useful?" part at the end of multiple pages for visitors to rate the page and leave feedback. I could program this myself, store the data and make the reports that my ...
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1 touch zoom issue for mobile site on opera

I'm optimising my site for the web. For testing I've downloaded the Opera mini app for my iPhone and the Opera mobile desktop browser for my PC. Often when you click or touch a link, rather than ...
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Most acceptable way to show hyper link file type to the web page user?

I want to show the user that a hyperlink links to a PDF file (or Word/PowerPoint etc.). Here are some methods I've considered: Farming Report (PDF) Farming Report (PDF, 52K) Alternatively, ...
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Targetting website users by consumer characteristics or by product qualities, which is more effective?

I develop a website (shermanbrothers.com) that sells products (gasp). I'm trying to figure out whether it's more effective to create navigation that target my users based on their general ...
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“Thank you for posting. Please stand by while you are redirected.” Needed?

Thank you for posting. Please stand by while you are redirected. If you are not automatically redirected, please click here. You're probably familiar with messages like these, especially ...
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What are some helpful and free UX tools for eye-tracking and mouse-tracking, etc

I am looking into ways to gain more insight for how people use the tools I build. Short of having a physical user group for a/b testing, are there some faster and cheaper solutions out there such as ...
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Should I combat link rot with redirects? Can it be done unintrusively?

I try to do my bit of keeping the web fluent by minimizing the amount of link rot affecting my own site. This means keeping track of local 404's and fixing them, as well as manually updating broken ...
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How do I get my users to love the intranet?

When designing an intranet for corporate use, what design practices should I follow that are different from those targeted to the internet/customer world? What kind of questions should I be asking ...
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What's the deal with all these popular website having poor usability [closed]

I'm wondering this for quite some time, and it's a question about human-computer interaction and usability. A lot of popular websites have (in my opinion) poor usability, and I wonder what you guys ...
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User registration usability vs security

What are cons and pros of the following: asking to repeat password asking to have a certain length-password asking to repeat e-mail address using captcha sending confirmation e-mail what do you ...
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How to get useful feedback/bug reports from users

I'm sure most webmasters have recived a mail like this: Creating [insert item here] is not working! When you check it out there is no general problem with the function but rather the user has ...