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Six Principles of Good Commerce Design
Most of these priniciples apply to any Website.
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Designing for the Web
Book Excerpt: The Web Content Style Guide
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First Principles of Web Design
Provides 8 good "rules of thumb" for Web design.
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Blueprints for the Web: Organization
Practical methods for organizing Website content.
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Usability 101
"What is usability? . . . Why should you care?"
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Web Style Guide, 2nd edition
A good and very current Web design reference.
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Yale Web Style Guide (good concepts book)
* Site Design Introduction and Site structure.
* Site covers, then Page headers & footers.
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Son of Web Pages That Suck: Chapter 4  3.3M
Design Issues Even Martians Should Know
* On the Web, get right to the point.
* Other sites influence you vs. site piracy.
* The use of music, etc.. (Legal rights)
* Different browsers, screen sizes, speeds,. . .
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Recipe for a Successful Website
* Performance: upgrade 14.4k speed to only 28.8k
* End-User Access gives real-world access speeds.
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Webpage Loading Performance
* Page "content presented in sequence" insight.
* When pages load slowly, visitors leave.  . . .


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