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Online Catalog Site BoWinUSA.com is launched.

If you need a website to showcase hundreds of products for your clients, we can help you to build a nice one.

BoWinUSA.com is an online catalog site for promotional gifts. After loading all the images of hundreds of product items, we launched BoWinUSA.com and submitted its sitemap in XML to Google robots or crawlers to index them. We believe that you can find their products through search soon.

We have also created Facebook account to promote this website. If you need a site similar to BoWinUSA.com, you may contact us when you are ready.

Other online catalog sites we’ve built include: NewFashionsNY.com

A Great Book On Usability

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition Click to Buy  It is a very popular book on Usability.

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
By Steve Krug

Product Description

Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it’s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn’t read Steve Krug’s “instant classic” on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day.  In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original: wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike.  Don’t be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design. With these three new chapters:

  • Usability as common courtesy — Why people really leave Web sites
  • Web Accessibility, CSS, and you — Making sites usable and accessible
  • Help! My boss wants me to ______. — Surviving executive design whims

“I thought usability was the enemy of design until I read the first edition of this book.  Don’t Make Me Think! showed me how to put myself in the position of the person who uses my site.  After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.

In this second edition, Steve Krug adds essential ammunition for those whose bosses, clients, stakeholders, and marketing managers insist on doing the wrong thing.  If you design, write, program, own, or manage Web sites, you must read this book.”  — Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1257 in Books
  • Published on: 2005-08-28
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.02″ h x .43″ w x 8.35″ l, 1.04 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 216 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Steve Krug is a usability consultant who has more than 15 years of experience as a user advocate for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, Lexus, and others. Based in part on the success of the first edition of Don’t Make Me Think, he has become a highly sought-after speaker on usability design.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

51 of 52 people found the following review helpful.
5Sequel (2nd ed) lives up to the original
By Meryl K. Evans
When we design Web sites, we often overlook the simplest things because we’re too wrapped up in the design. After working on Web sites for a while, some of us have slowly moved away from what we know is usable to adding or removing elements that may enhance the `look’ – and also break a site’s usability.

Steer back on track with the new edition of Krug’s highly referenced book. Novice, intermediate, expert. No matter where you are on the scale, the book provides value to everyone – even managers, testers and project managers. Management likes to get their hands a little dirty when it comes to Web design projects and sharing this book may make the team’s life easier.

Anyone involved with Web design or usability will recognize most, if not all, of the concepts covered in the book. What makes Don’t Make Me Think usable is that it’s a great checklist to ensure you’ve covered all the basics.

Krug provides many before and after examples to show how a few changes can enhance a Web site’s usability. The illustrations reinforce the concepts covered as well as how visitors use and read a Web site.

As for the differences between the first and second editions, the second addition has three new chapters while usability testing shrinks from two chapters to one and with good reason.

The testing chapter breaks down the testing process into digestible steps; complete with a script between the tester (user) and the person watching the tester. Too often, we’ve seen testing get mangled or ignored. With this chapter, teams might find themselves empowered and eager to do testing.

The chapter on “Usability as common courtesy” explores how a site can make or break the “reservoir of goodwill” as Krug puts it. We arrive at a Web site with some goodwill and depending on how well the site meets or misses our needs; the goodwill level goes up or down. It may only take one mistake to propel visitors to flee.

Another new and short chapter is “Accessibility, Cascading Style Sheets and you.” Krug captures what developers and designers hear when it comes to accessibility and addresses what they fear. He lists five things designers and developers can do make a site accessible without a lot of effort.

Finally, the book closes with “Help! My boss wants me to…” Krug has received plenty emails and questions on the topic to identify two questions that repeatedly come up. He provides email examples for free re-use, so no one has to explain it to the boss.

It only takes about two hours or a plane trip to read. The writing is conversational, clear and packs a punch with a dash of humor thrown in. Reading the book is not much different than reading fiction because it flows well and the information sinks in without much effort.

If you get this book and have the 1st edition, I recommend keeping both. You might find helpful stuff in the original material not found in the new edition.

Website Watch: e-healthagent.com

网站观察 Website Watch: http://e-healthagent.com/   This site is pretty good and it is built using Joomla! 1.5, a great CMS or PHP framework for online community.

JC Health Insurance Services is offering  auto insurance, home insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance and work compensation.

Their website is a bilingual site with English and Chinese contents.  Its nice design provides the visitors with easy 2 step quote request.

 

Best Hosting Services

We have tried many hosting services since 1996. We love some of them so much that we became an affiliate of these services so that we can refer them to our clients.
Disclaimers: We may get commission for referring new customers to them, but we or our customers are using these services and we believe that they are good enough for you to try. Most of these services give your 30 days money back warranty, so you can try them out on your own.

1. Linode: VPS fast, but maybe a bit pricy. Good for high traffic websites such as http://newsforchinese.com or http://Bayecho.com
Link: http://BayWM.com/linode great VPS Hosting
2.BlueHost Great affordable services. $4.94/month for unlimited domain hosting.
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  • LATEST PHP & MYSQL

4.Arvixe: Pretty affordable and you may host up to 6 domains for only $4/month.

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BayWM  — Bay Area Web Marketing Group

湾區網絡營銷 及十多年研究和開發經驗 ( Over 10 years of web developer and Web marketing experience – We built our first website in 1996 )

想提高您網站的流量和回報?( Our SEO services can help you increase useful or targeted traffic and get better ROI )

想把您的商業網站做得更專業,而不像中小學生的業餘作品?(We can turn your website into a professional one.)

想儘快開您自己的網店? (We can help you built your own online store quickly. examples  iKaibo Online Store , 800Caps.com Online Store )

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QR Code for Your Web Page

Mobile Browser is becoming increasing popular. More and more web sites try to offer more convenience for their mobile users. The QR code (or Quick Response code) here can be translated into “http://BayWM.com” by the Barcode Scanner of all the Android Phone, iPhone

QR Code for BayWM.com

QR Code for BayWM.com

and other smart phone.

You may not want to type long URL for some Web pages even you can type pretty fast on your smart phone. For example, for the URL http://chinesebay.com/chinesetools/matchpinyin2.php?text=父亲节快乐, you may just want to scan this and go there.

QR Code for Happy Father's Day in Chinese

QR Code for Happy Father's Day in Chinese

How do we usually use it? Let’s assume that your friend is browsing a great Web page, and you want to go to that web page too. However the URL is too long for you to enter correctly and quickly, then you spot a  QR Code for that page, you can run your bar code scanner and grab that page info into your phone.

OK. If you want to share this article, you can show your friend the following QR code:

QR for http://baywm.com/seo-sem/qr-code-for-your-web-page

QR for http://baywm.com/seo-sem/qr-code-for-your-web-page

QR code is never for decoration or fancy looking;it is becoming more and more pratical.

How do you generate your own QR code

http://www.qrstuff.com/ is a great free service you can use.

This article URL:

Stupid & Smart Web Form Design

User friendliness is very important for any application including a web site. As we can find out, many nice web sites make it so easy for you to input the phone number, while others may really be frustrating to use some so-called “so smart” validating script to prevent you from entering your phone number in certain format.

Programmers are supposed to smart, but some of them are not considerate, from the users’ point of view.

For example, maybe the database field only accept the phone number without any dashes. In the form field, it still should be OK for the user to just enter the number with dashes or dots or quotes like
“510-123-4567” or “(510)123-4567” or 510.123.4567 because the form processor we program can take out the non-numeric characters easily to turn it into just “5101234567”. It is a piece of cake to make it work easily without bugging the user filling the form. Why we still often see the design like the following?

Things to Avoid for Smart Web Design

Things to Avoid for Smart Web Design

Want to see a smart form design? Here’s an example which we can follow for your Web design so your user will find your site more user friendly:

$2000 A Business Website Is Cheap!

Many people are trying to make money on free websites or with free hosting but usually end up wasting their time and missing great opportunities, which is more valuable than anything else. They often believe as long as they keep trying long enough this way, they can succeed one day. This sounds like my kindergarten daughter believes that as long as she keeps practicing piano without getting lessons from a teacher, she can play very well on piano one day. She needs to know she may have an easier and faster way to succeed in piano. I’m not saying that with good teachers and good lessons, we do not need to practice hard. I’m actually talking about the value of education. Who once said “If you think education is too expensive, try ignorance.” ? Derek Bok (pres. of Harvard Univ. 1971-1990)

For some other people, they are smart enough to make really good money on $100 websites. However, maybe one out of 10 or 100 people can do that. And this is a dream that many people want to have. Some books, or websites love to sell this dream to the public.

From our years of Web development experience with small businesses, $2,000 a business site is still cheap for a good business website that they can keep with their own updates and new contents. It is really true that good contents and services are the king for business. These business websites owners understand that they can have good ROI for the money spent on a properly set up site. Just imagine how you will feel if you can get $10,000 extra business when you only pay $1000 for the website. It is usually truth for our clients. Sometimes, the result is not immediate or so visible because of the nature of the business. Sometimes, the site owners may sit on a gold mine without knowing it and miss the potential or opportunities.

When we are in business, we need to have a business mindset. For example, what do you think when you go to a restaurant, and find out you can only pay cash? Maybe the owner doesn’t want to pay the credit company for the convenience for their customers. Maybe…

With a business website, you are selling your products and services, but you can only accept checks or COD, because you think Paypal or merchant services are too expensive or you don’t even want to pay someone to set it up for you and you don’t know how yourself.

Bilingual Web Site with WordPress

ImmigrationMeng.com gets all the SEO benefits of the search engine friendly features of WordPress, the dynamic Web publishing system. The office manage can easily add or update the English and Chinese contents and blogs with a short training section (almost no learning curve for someone who knows how to use Word or email system.) Try to Google for “Immigration lawyer Santa Clara”, you should can find their site on the top of the first result page.

Teacher Ho English Class

http://ChineseBay.com/learnenglish
A great example of business site using WordPress blogging system as a content management system, so it doesn’t look a like a blog but a professional site. They may add a blog there, but since they are too busy to put on new contents frequently, they just skip the blog:

Teacher Ho's English Class

Teacher Ho's English Class


Hey, it serves them well as it even includes an online enrollment form to get new students.

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