Some Flexible Criteria for Good and Bad web Sites

 

Characteristics of a "Good" Web Site:

Overall

  • functioning links
  • quick load time
  • user friendly
  • sense of value or purpose
  • descriptive title
  • works in all browsers and operating systems

Layout

  • designed for 800x600 or 640x480 monitor resolution (main design/content doesn't have to scrolled)
  • uniformity or coherence in icons and images
  • coherence in design/layout

Color

  • pleasing color scheme
  • variety of colors, not too dull

Images

  • quality images without long download wait
  • original looking images
  • professional-looking

Text

  • readable text size
  • good font selection

Navigation

  • identifying logo on all pages
  • link to home page
  • search box for large site

Organization

  • good chunking of information
  • categorization of links
  • smart organization

Interactivity

  • interactivity that has a purpose
  • user control
  • promotes exploration where appropriate

Special Features

  • option to skip introductory movies/splash pages
  • entertainment while larger files load
  • sense of motion or movement
  • sound or music where appropriate

Characteristics of a "Bad" Web Site:

Overall

  • bad/no titles
  • too much scrolling/too much text
  • page counter
  • ads
  • pop-up windows

Layout

  • lack of uniformity or coherence
  • lack of alignment
  • clutter

Color

  • lack of a unifed color scheme
  • bright/obnoxious colors

Images

  • poor quality images
  • distorted images
  • ugly/obnoxious backgrounds

Text

  • unreadable text
  • spelling errors
  • blinking text

Navigation

  • broken links/images
  • undescribed links
  • unusable/confusing navigation
  • hard to find links

Organization

  • poor organization of content
  • poor organization of navigation/hierarchy

Interactivity

  • pointless interactivity
  • inability to skip interactivity
  • interactivity that runs counter to site's goals/purpose

Special Features

  • annoying sounds/music
  • cheesy/purposeless animated gifs