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In our second article about useless clutter on websites, Chris Heilmann focuses on websites that try to reinvent the wheel, features that offer a quick "wow" and little else, and more. Are you guilty of inflicting website knick knack on your visitors? Take a look at the included check list and find out.

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By: Chris Heilmann
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December 13, 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · More Website Knick Knack
  2. · Why to stick to the tried-and-true
  3. · The site in the site
  4. · The Russian doll symptom
  5. · Changing the cursor
  6. · Baring it all
  7. · Forewarned is forearmed

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So, how do we spot website knick knack when we are considering new features for our share of the Web? There is no general rule. The type of our website or application and our audiences are different (YMMV), but some danger signs are easy to remember:

  • The feature exists for its own purpose – it is eye candy and rather “in your face.” Take a look at it 10 times. Does it still “wow” you?

  • The feature means using something with a definite purpose for something other than it was intended.

  • The feature is only available in a certain browser, particularly one that is older and hasn’t been updated for a while.

  • The feature was developed a long time ago and has never been updated or revisited. Ever. Script directories and libraries on the web are full of those.

  • The feature demands that the visitor to change standard behavior patterns.

  • The feature is dependent on scripting, albeit being absolutely necessary to make the site work.

  • You as the site provider benefit more from the feature than the user.

Keep these warning signals in mind, and your websites will look much cleaner to your clients and, most importantly, your customers.


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