- Channel topics
- Finding faithHow people become Christians
- Effective communicationApproaches for biblical communication
- Bridge the gapMeeting people on the common ground of their interests & needs
- Bridging opportunitiesExamples and opportunities for using the Bridge Strategy
- Using cultureTypes of culture; understanding & using culture in evangelism
- Websites that workIssues for site planning, usability and promotion
- Problems in evangelismThings that stop us being effective
- Mission opportunitiesDigital evangelism & cross-cultural mission, mission & literature resources
- Writing wellHow to write effectively for the web or print media
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Site usability and testing
It is sad but true, that very many websites fall down in the area of usability. Because the site designers knows their sites backwards, they fail to appreciate that a first-time visitor will see things very differently. It’s like visiting a new city in a different country as a tourist, rather than being a native dweller!
Factors which contribute to good usability:
- clear, logical navigation system, which follows best practice standards, so the user finds it familiar and does not have to learn anything new
- an intuitive and logical site structure
- an obvious sense of “where am I, where have I been, and where can I go”
- an easy way of searching the site, if it is reasonably large
- links that display clearly as obvious hyperlinks
- appropriate use of color, with special regard to color-blind users
- body text which is not too small
- plenty of white space, informative page headings, short paragraphs, plus subheadings to lead the eye through the page.
Browser testingAnother area which many sites fail to test: page appearance in different browsers, screen resolutions and font-size settings. At a minimum, you should check how the site looks:
- test at different screen resolutions.
- test in the main browsers.
- test what happens when a user resizes text for comfort (CTRL +).
- test on mobile phone platforms too. It is possible to use PHP to detect mobiles and modify the CSS accordingly. CSS 'handheld' files do not usually impact appearance in mobiles at all.
- for users with visual disability. Learn more about making sites accessible to them. Be aware that color-blind people cannot distinguish between certain colors. Use this color tester.
- Accessibility – more on writing, design, and navigation
- Design principles – attractive graphic design and layout contributes to usability
related pages within the Websites that work menu links
recommended books on web design, including free downloads
valuable online videos about web ministry