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Evaluating Websites: Design

How to tell the good from the bad.

Design

Most legit websites want to make the viewing experience as enjoyable as possible.  Good websites should have easy-to-read text (usually dark text on a light background), photographs that look nice and compliment the text, minimal animation and/or music.  A well-designed website is one that loads quickly and is easy to navigate.

A site that's hard to read, with distorted images and slow to load can be a sign that the site isn't good to use.  If the creator of the site doesn't care enough to make a well-designed site, how can you expect them to care about the content? 

However, keep in mind that design is only one of the factors in evaluating websites.  A site can be poorly designed, but still contain good information.

Examples

Lings Cars                BBC - Cambodian Ring-Fight
 Screen shot of lingscars.com    Fake BBC Page
Horribly designed website, but has good business reviews.    Decent design, hoax site - has nothing to do with the real BBC.
Used to closely mimic the BBC homepage, but hasn't been updated to match the new BBC layout.
 
 
   
AAAWWW Hosanna Afghan Hounds   George Hutchins for U.S. Congress
Hosanna Hounds
 
  George Hutchins for U.S. Congress

Not really sure what all is going here. Much of the site is out of date while some of the pages are still maintained. Some pages are dead. Several pages have nothing to do with dogs.

But, you can hire them for your web design!

  Hard to read and navigate, but an official campaign site.