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Original Fiction by Ariel Tachna
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new web site underway
I'm very excited about the upcoming overhaul of my web site! I've moved it to a new hosting site where I can access it more easily, and I'm working with the lovely Kelly Shorten on the design, color scheme, and layout.

So I need a bit of input from all my friends...

What drives you crazy when you surf the web? What are the traps I should avoid falling into?

The one that comes to mind right away for me is music or video that starts playing automatically. What are other design flaws you've seen on web sites you frequent (or don't frequent because of the flaws)?
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dameange From: dameange Date: July 4th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Disorganization of information or too much information.

I can't stand websites that are overcrowded with information; I prefer a clean, easy to navigate look.
arieltachna From: arieltachna Date: July 4th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Noted! So better to have multiple pages with additional information hidden behind "expand" buttons people can access if they want than to have everything all thrown out there right away.
salixbabylon From: salixbabylon Date: July 4th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed - too many visuals. I like a clean look, and a visible but not in-you-face index of links to pages like bio, books, etc. Also the website should be searchable so when I come back looking for soemthing, I can find it easily. Most blogs have a little "search tool" thing somewhere that you can add.

Also, I think a lot of authors forget that I'm there to learn about them and their books. They can blog about whatever they want, but a ton of links and pics and random graphics in the margins on either side of the text block are very visually distracting from the content of the blog - which also often has pictures!
arieltachna From: arieltachna Date: July 4th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd never thought of that, with everything cluttering the margins, but now that you mention it, I realize I've been annoyed by it on web sites in the past. With all my book covers, there will be plenty of graphics as it is.
claudiamarie From: claudiamarie Date: July 4th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like a clean look on a web site. A well polished luck, One without too much clutter on it. Do not like sites with videos.
arieltachna From: arieltachna Date: July 4th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Claudia. No videos at all or just videos with the option for you to watch them or not watch them?
zee113 From: zee113 Date: July 4th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the clean, organized look is established, but let me mention one more thing: too many pictures, particularly / especially moving gifs kill slower computers - like mine. :(

Even if it's google ads or something, if you can control it, please do so.
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