7 Factors that Separate Good Websites from Bad Websites

Most of us naturally form opinions about the websites we visit. Some of them we love so much that we come back several times a week, and others leave us with a bad experience that causes us to never return. But what is it that determines whether a website is good or bad? As individuals we each have our own opinions and we’ll never completely agree on which websites are good and which ones are bad, but most of us will base our feelings on similar factors. Here is a look at 7 factors that I feel are influential in this determination.

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Ebook Review – Online Reputation Management from ViperChill

Online Reputation ManagementReputation management has become necessity for most businesses in today’s internet environment. With a growing number of sites publishing user-generated content and the incredible ease involved with the average person setting up a new blog, anyone can post a harmful message online that will leave an impact on your business.

Recently there have been a growing number of individuals and companies that are specializing in providing reputation management services to clients to help them monitor and protect their good name. A few weeks ago Glen Allsopp of ViperChill released a 75 page eBook called Online Reputation Management: All You’ll Ever Need to Monitor and Manage Your Online Reputation.

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My Favorite Sites for Web Design Tutorials

For those of us who are interested in always learning new tricks and improve our design skills, we’re fortunate to have a number of very valuable websites and blogs that regularly publish high quality, informative tutorials. In this post I’d like to take a look at some of my favorite places for tutorials, and I encourage you to share your favorites in the comments.

PSDTUTS

While there are plenty of blogs and websites for Photoshop tutorials, PSDTUTS is the king. In recent months their team of writers have been publishing a new tutorial almost every day. You’ll find very high quality work here in a variety of different areas. I frequently work through their tutorials and always learn a lot from the process.

PSDTUTS

From the Archives: Create a Dark Themed Web Design from Scratch, Creating a Stunning Digital Smoke Effect.

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May's Best: This Month in Web Design

These are some of the best design-related posts that I came across this month. I hope you will find them to be useful.

Web Design and Development:

Which CSS Grid Framework Should You Use for Web Design from NETTUTS.

Grid Designi

Improving Code Readability with CSS Styleguides from Smashing Magazine.

30 Websites to Follow if You’re into Web Development from Six Revisions.

SEO Guide for Designers from Web Designer Wall.

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40 Options for Converting PSD to HTML

I’m sure you’ve seen advertisements for a few different services that will convert your PSD files into HTML and CSS. If you’re looking to save some time on your next project you may want to consider trying one of these services. In this post I’ve compiled 40 different options. If you have experience with any of these companies please feel free to leave a comment.

CSS Rockstars
Turnaround – 2 Days
Starting price – $149
Additional pages – $65

CSS Rockstars

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Excellent Uses of Excerpts in Blog Design

Blog designers consistently face the decision of showing full posts or excerpts on the front page. Personally, I prefer excerpts because they make it easy for the visitor to quickly scan the most recent posts and see what’s of interest to them. The downside of course is that they’ll have to click through to a post in order to read it in its entirety.

Displaying Excerpts on the front page can also give the designer an opportunity to add some creativity to the design and to make it a bit more visually appealing. In this post I’d like to take a quick look at 5 blogs that are effectively using excerpts to create a functional and attractive front page.

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50+ Designers to Follow on Twitter

Designers and Twitter

Twitter seems to be gaining popularity almost every day. As a new user I decided it would be helpful to do some research to find designers who would be worth following. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive (so please add a link to your profile in the comments if you like), but it should give you a great start to following some talented designers. This is a list of over 50 designers, in no particular order, with a link to their Twitter profile.

cssglobe - Alen Grakalic of CSS Globe

chriscoyier – Chris Coyier of CSS Tricks

snookca – Jonathan Snook of Snook.ca

zeldman – Jeffrey Zeldman of Happy Cog

vpieters - Veerle Pieters of Veerle’s Blog

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Display Your Feed on a Static HTML Page Using FeedBurner's BuzzBoost

Almost every blogger now is using FeedBurner to publish their feed. The most obvious benefits of using FeedBurner are the statistics and the subscriber count, but there are plenty of other free options that you can use or customize to enhance your blog. One of these options is called BuzzBoost, and essentially it republishes your feed as HTML so that it can be used anywhere.

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What Makes Someone Leave Your Website?

Exit

Part of having a successful website is attracting visitors. Keeping those visitors on your site, however, is another topic altogether. Of course, once you have the visitor on your site you’ll want to keep them around for a while rather than seeing them quickly leaving to go somewhere else.

In order to do a good job of retaining visitors, increasing pageviews and time on the site, it’s important to think about what could cause visitors to leave. By knowing some of the major reasons that people are leaving your site, you can make adjustments to improve this situation.

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