User-Interface tips

Tips to make your site more user friendly. Focus is on ease of use, navigability, and intuitive. How easily can the user get accustomed to your site.

Making Content Findable in Drupal 6

Interesting and useful content is a necessity on any web site, particularly on those built around a Content Management System. However, this may not be the only necessity. Another necessity is making the browsing experience on your site pleasant for the visitor, and in this context, making the content easy to find. Having content on the front page of the site is one way to make it findable, but the amount of content is limited to a point before the page becomes unwieldy. In this article by J.

Drupal 6 Social Networking: Communicating with Users

Our users can communicate with one another, which is great, but quite often as an administrator the need may arise for us to communicate with a user or users on our site. It may be to remind them about the web site or to inform active users about new changes to the site, which they may not have been made aware of.

In this article, you will learn:

* About mailing lists, and how to use them with our Drupal social network.
* How to use an offline approach for contacting our users.
* How to use blocks of content to get a message across to your users.

2 or 3 columns which is right ?

The answer to this question will depend upon what your site is about. If you have too many sections on your website then you will tend to use 3 column layout. The answer to this classic question is both layouts are good and work if you design your site well.

2 column layout:

1. Use when website has less sections. Use it with fixed width themes to give better appeal to users.
2. Generally if you have a 1028px or more width users tend to get lost when reading from left to right. So use two column with 770 px width.

MSN.com is a good example of high content , 2 column layout design.

3 column layout.

Search for high content Sites.

If your website has high content and you want the users to use the search feature of the website to effectively find the material they want, you will have to make the search bar more prominent.

Eg: Checkout the Google.com & Personalized page. You can put as many blocks on the personalized tabs however the search bar still remains at the top encouraging you to use it.

You will notice many sites have Search Box big and prominent, mainly to encourage users to search the content. If the site is easy to use, Visitors tend to bookmark it and come again.

So work on your search box and use it

User - Interface Tips.

The idea of this section is to help Drupaliers create sites which focus on following.

1. Usability - How quickly and easily can user start using your drupal site
2. Navigability - How easily can user navigate to the content they want.
3. Visuals - How is the visual appeal of the site? Is there a proper use of colors, theme features. etc.
4. Sorting - How many ways the user can filter and sort the content so that he can make effective and efficient use of site content.

With the above intent in mind, few tips are added below.

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