Website State of the Art
A Categorical Listing of Models for Web Design,
Content, and Navigation
To nominate a site, just
- A list of websites that are models at what they do.
Keep in mind, this is not "the best place to go to do
XYZ," but rather a site to model after if you're
in the XYZ busy-ness. None of the pages, particularly the applications are suggested to be "the best," but just good examples I happened to come across.
- Because creativity's great stuff, except most of the
time. For instance, do you want to read a phone book
that puts peoples' names in order of, on, let's say,
the person who did the graphic design? After visiting a great website for the township where I work,
I got motivated to finally start publishing this list.
- Read it. Pick a site with a similar purpose. Copy their
navigation. Send them a nice thank you.
| Art Creation
Online corporate identity artwork. Looks like you can step through it pretty far before paying.
ChecksUnlimited.com, typical e-commerce for a customized product.
Good example of options and many steps. Important design because they must make the process as easy as possible or you'll go to another vendor. You can see a lot of functional pages without committing. Notice how they handle the classic Add/Edit/Delete choices once you've got a table of items to deal with.
|Email Oversize Attachments
||Enables you to send files of up to 1GB, probably using an FTP solution. Also includes backup service. Free option.
||Help desk software.
WuFoo.com, a tool to create remotely hosted databases, centered around the tool that creates the data entry forms.
The demo page is apparently all that's ready at this time (June 31, 2006) but it's a pretty awesome thing.
|Home Page Building
||NetVibes, pretty incredible home page builder, with lots of great content you can add.
FreshBooks.com, full-featured invoicing system with other bookkeeping apps, support tickets, and document upload.
I did a detailed case study of this site's techniques for instant usability. You can use practically this entire system for free, no strings, no spam. Only if you want to upgrade your logistics do you need to pay for a premium plan.
Zimbra Suite, sort of like MS Outlook but a web/Ajax alternative.
From http://zimbra.com choose "Hosted Demo" to get into an actual sample of the app.
| Restaurant Reservations
OpenTable.com, e-commerce for logistical (time, space, people) functionality.
Reserve a table at a restaurant. The Reservation Page is where the functionality starts.
||Free online app that enables you to connect to someone else's computer and control it remotely, while they watch.
|Search Indexing Service
PicoSearch.com, one long, complex application page.
This is a service that enables you to provide a Search capability on your website, and really has to accommodate complex user benefits without causing a support nightmare. Free for basic use, so you can use the functionality end-to-end without committment! This is one of my favorite sites because it flies in the face of the dumb notion that long pages are a no-no.
||Combination of categorical filtering and text-wise search. For example, click Denon, then enter the search term "5-disc."
||Make your own social networking site online, for free.
||Spreadsheet functionality right in the browser. Here's a calculator example.
||Like youtube in that you upload video, but this a full business model and software infrastructure for producing, publishing, and getting advertising revenue from your video content.
|Web Menu System Creation
OpenCube.com, online creation of menu code that you can place in your web pages. Ostensibly one of the powerhouses in this field.
Totally free online option. (They also sell the workstation program.) NOTE: This app seems to have been unlinked from their site, but my old link to it still works. I suspect that they superseded the product on which it is based so they orphaned the online version. As of June 2006, the old link was still active.
Indicates a link that opens in a new window. I believe (and
the world is slowly coming around to my correct logic) that
pages that act primarily as tables of contents that one goes
back and forth to, should open most links in a new window.
This may change when pages truly work at RAM speed.
site. I wanted
to request that a a new street sign be installed. I found
a form and
without a single
misstep. Needs proportional typefaces.
- State http://state.pa.us/
- A little cluttered, but that might be expected
for such a broad
scope. I'll gladly replace it with a better state's navigation
only 49 or so more,
so suggest one), but right now
the best I've got.
The last time I renewed my car registration it worked
- Let's just say there's a lot to learn here
in many nooks and crannies. Good icons for
"page utilities." Model of high-power navigation
in the various developers' libraries. (Hey,
powerful navigation better be there when
you have to document 4,000,000 bugs
- Contact Page www.daycaresoftware.com
- Sheet Music Viewer: MusicNotes.com There are a zillion sites for sheet music. This one has a custom (ActiveX) control that shows you the first page, lets you choose an instrument and key, and steps through the song as it plays it. A little intimidating to allow the ActiveX control, but looks like a legit business, so they probably haven't sold my personal information to more than a few hundred thousand credit card companies.
- 2007-Mar-11: Ning.com added
- 2007-Mar-3: Contact page added
- 2006-Jun-22: Maps added
- 2005-Oct-8: Just got started and already it looked great.