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Anatomy of a perfect websiteIt's getting easier and easier for non-designers to make basic websites. In seconds you can have your own site in Tumblr, WordPress, or Posterous (to name a few) but have you considered how users will experience your site and what they want to see?

According to a new infographic by ROI Media, only 4.13% of websites have valid HTML and CSS. The bigger worry is only 40% of users say they can find the information they need on sites. This could be the fault of the users themselves but more likely it's due to poor design.

Have a look at your company website. Do you have all the elements you need for a perfect website? Do you agree with this anatomical chart?

Anatomy of a perfect website

Heather Taylor

Published 21 February, 2012 by Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor is the Editorial Director for Econsultancy US. You can follow her on Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

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Jeff Wilson

Interesting take but I struggle to see what this has to do with actual customer experience or creating a perfect website?

To me what you have listed are some web development best practices with very little to do with how the customer experiences the site let alone an anatomy for a perfect website.

Nicely done graphic though if a little misleading.

over 4 years ago

Peter Leatherland

Peter Leatherland, Online Sales Manager at Ethical Superstore

One more to add to the most hated list: Music/video playing automatically on arrival. Even the BBC makes this mistake, some of their pages you need to click to start a video, others just start with sound without any user interaction.

over 4 years ago

Christopher Rose

Christopher Rose, PPC Marketing Director at Rose Digital Marketing

Completely agree with you, Peter; autoplay audio or video is the work of a particularly evil devil!

over 4 years ago

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Matt Hardy

Afraid I'm with Jeff. The title is misleading - the content doesn't deliver on it's promise. I wonder how many of the (seemingly quite a few) people who shared this content actually read beyond the title?!!

over 4 years ago

Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor, Editorial Director at Econsultancy

I see what you mean Jeff. Perhaps it should have been "this is how users will see your website" as it mostly outlines how users will experience what you've made. It really infers instead of dictates (which can still be useful to some) but I take your point.

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Janaki Pendyala

Very well said, especially the importance of good content is very well expressed. I would rather print and pin up this info graph...would serve as a good starting point for all prospects who need a website.

Janaki

over 4 years ago

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Claudia Albizzati, Consultant at Bitmama Srl

I find it hard to believe that mobile/ tablets accounts for less than 1% of visits (in popular screen statistics). I have very different statistics for the websites I manage. Are you sure that this is correct?

over 4 years ago

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Simon Swan, Online Marketing at Met Office

Nice infographic - re: SEO Statistics, 42% clicking on the top rank seems pretty high? Presumably you need to take into account the sector you operate in?

over 4 years ago

Barry Smith

Barry Smith, Director of SERPs at Digitalis Media

Presume this wasn't posted because of the links or otherwise held for moderation so will try again :)

The content section cited from - http://www.translate-to-success.com/online-language-web-site-content.html - is incredibly, incredibly wrong. I mean, there's almost 600M internet users in China alone, that page must be old.

Whether by number of sites, number of pages or number of words, Chinese is at least second to English if not ahead i.e. there's no way English is 68.4% and Chinese only 3.9%.

Here's some slightly better cited stats from Pingdom - http://royal.pingdom.com/2012/01/17/internet-2011-in-numbers/ - and - http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm - has proven very useful for analysing new territories among other things.

over 4 years ago

Matt Owen

Matt Owen, Head of Social at Econsultancy

@Barry -apologies on the late publish. We don't moderate but your comment was scooped up by our spam folder (probably because of the links), sorry about that!

over 4 years ago

Barry Smith

Barry Smith, Director of SERPs at Digitalis Media

No problem Matt, feel free to delete the dupe(s) as I don't seem able to.

There should actually be another with http instead of hxxp (as I tried to get around the moderation issue) if you could approve that instead and remove the others that'd be handy; if not people can work it out :D

over 4 years ago

Matt Owen

Matt Owen, Head of Social at Econsultancy

Thanks Barry - now updated, and thanks for the supporting stats. I agree that the number of Chinese language sites seems remarkably low, although there are factors such as sheer number of (non Chinese) sites, and of course the difficulty of accurately measuring info from within China itself - possibly this relates to sites external to China itself...

over 4 years ago

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Allen D. Wilson

W3C shows 21% of users are on IE and 37% on Firefox. How do you explain the discrepancy?

over 4 years ago

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Bert de Klerk

Guests, in my case, don't want TMI (to much information) and need an overall view above all wishes next to pictures, pictures and pictures and reviews.
Build your site around these principles and the rest follows.

over 4 years ago

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Pippin

You definitely outdid yourself today. I hope this keeps up

over 4 years ago

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