To web developers: Do you use "click here"?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

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    I guess because I wanted it to be goofy and multicolored to grab attention, and I think people are accustomed to thinking links should look a certain way.

    I may be wrong, but I wanted to make sure people could easily find the schedule and not have to "search for it".
     
  2. Ron Barry

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    Nothing wrong with wanting to spice the page up. One way you could have done it is by making it look like a button or give it some transition if you mouse over it. Possible have a calendar icon on each side and then when moused over underline it.

    Just a thought.. Javascript for a link is a bad thing, but then again 90+ percent of users have JS enabled and given people are wanting more and more interactive experiences it is not an unreasonable assumption. However, if you have a large audience then graceful degradation is a viable option for those users that don't want JS on or perhaps are viewing the site via a smart phone. Once again.. really coming down to your intended audience as most of these type of decisions usually do.
     
  3. tralfaz

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    I'm not a web developer, but i am a web user. I think "click here" is great.

    In Herdfan's case, yes there's other ways it could have been done, but for the average user, there's no better way than the way he did it. If that click here wasn't there, I might "assume" it was a heading and the practice schedule was below it somewhere and keep scrolling down. Having the click here spelled out, makes it obvious and if I'm looking for the holiday schedule, I'd go right to it. Having the pointer change or the color change when you hover over something is fine and dandy, but it's not as obvious or user friendly, IMO.
    If I'm looking for more information on a page one of the first things I look for is Click Here (or similar). If it's not there, I'll find the link anyway (by ways mentioned in this thread), but not as quickly.
     
  4. Herdfan

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    No need, or want for that matter, for interactive experiences. This site is for information only. Is it there and can it be found quickly?

    If you look at the main Y site, http://www.tri-countyymca.org/ and then go to Aquatics and then the swim team. You have to go back up through the tree every time you want to change the page you are viewing. Too interactive and a complete mess if you ask me. Plus, no real information which is the purpose.
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    I just want something to differentiate between links and static text. I don't care if it's a button, small graphic, "Click Here", colored text, underlined text, mouseover or whatever else. With my browsers, I can specify the color and font of text links and visited text links no matter what the webmaster coded and can make it standard for any website I go to. I can make them bright red if I want to.

    One site I go to inserts a small arrow inside a small square inline in front of every link on a page.

    What I DO hate is any form of Flash menu. With tabbed browsers, I hover the cursor over text links then 'Right-Click, Open in New Tab'. Can't do that or most other normal page navigation with Flash based pages or menus. Those sites don't get my business.
     
  6. phrelin

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    I must admit I really get irked at flash menu links also.

    K-I-S-S is still the best motto for most things in life including web design.
     
  7. 4HiMarks

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    A big +1 to the Flash. The part that really irks me is when they create a tiny "window" on their page with "scroll bars" that don't behave like normal scroll bars, and don't respond to the scroll wheel on a mouse. Why do they think almost all mice come with wheels these days? Because scrolling by clicking and dragging is a pain in the butt!

    Web developers need to remember that users spend 99+% of their time on OTHER sites than theirs, so they need to present a UI experience they are familiar and comfortable with. If it looks like a button, it should behave like one, and vice versa.
     
  8. SayWhat?

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    Beyond the windows and menus, some site are all Flash based. I have Flash disabled entirely or have it severely crippled, so when I hit a Flash site, nothing happens. I either get the "You need to upgrade" screen or a page I can't navigate at all. I just close the Tab and move on.

    I don't understand why companies use sites where the web developer was more interested in showing off their coding abilities than showcasing the information or product the site is supposed to be about.
     
  9. 4HiMarks

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    It's mostly because the wrong people at the company are making the decision. The web is still an afterthought to many front-line companies, and they turn the decision-making over to their marketing people, who then turn to an ad agency that only has graphics and print experience which they believe can translate over to web without modification.
     

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