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Anatomy of a Usable Website

April 28, 2009 — By Dr. Pete

I was thinking recently about all of the elements that can go into a modern website and started sketching out a picture of it in my head when I realized that it might make an interesting resource. A few hours later, I had come up with this:

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Essentially, it's a road-map for what a typical, usable website might contain. It's not a design guide, per se - more of a cheat-sheet for the pieces that any site should consider having. Of course, not all pieces are relevant to everyone, and I don't claim this is 100% comprehensive. Any comments are welcome, as this is something I'll consider revising as time goes by.