We've all visited websites that made us wince. You know what I mean: full of distracting animation, flashing text, and enough other clutter that it reminds you of a Victorian home filled to bursting with knick knacks. Are you guilty of filling your website with useless junk? Christian Heilmann takes you down his checklist of website clutter. You just might find yourself considering a redesign.
You may have encountered links or huge buttons on websites giving the user the chance to bookmark this page or even set it as the browser homepage. This represents a rather desperate attempt to gain more popularity, and is more annoying than helpful. The browser GUIs make it rather easy for a user to add a favorite or bookmark, and it is their choice to make. If it is interesting enough, people will bookmark it, but they are not very likely to use the link. One might argue that users do not know how to bookmark a website, but how likely are these users to find the bookmark again if they hadn’t used the means their browser offers them to set it?