Roslyn Zolandor

Most recent blogs by Roslyn Zolandor

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Development Online Trends Web 2.0

Should you host your own video or use a video hosting provider?

Having video on your website can be a great way to increase your exposure and conversation rates. So what are you options when it comes to putting video on your website? Either you serve the video directly from your website or you use one of the many video hosting providers such as YouTube to stream your video for you.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web 2.0 Facebook Social Networking

New changes to Facebook Like Button

Facebook has released changes to their very popular Facebook like button. With these changes come the following benefits, more people liking, less people unliking and a cleaner design.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Development Web 2.0 Social Networking

Registering a new user on your website via their existing social network account

With an estimated 1.2 billon+ people registered on at least one social network it comes as no surprise that there is a service that leverages this by allowing you to register users on your website through their existing social network account. Janrain Engage provides a service that does just that.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Development Online Trends WordPress

Using WordPress for your website

WordPress was initially developed for bloggers, because of this it has a strong blogging framework. However over the past few years with the growing community of followers and the continual development it has become a popular CMS for all kinds of websites such as ecommerce, portfolios, news/magazine and corporate sites to name a few.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web 2.0 Facebook Social Media Marketing User Experience

Implementing the Facebook Like button on your website

There are 2 ways to implement a Facebook Like button. First using a iFrame which is easier to implement but limited and secondly using XFBML which is more complicated to implement but is more versatile. I will give examples and the pro’s and con’s of each.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Information Architecture

How to read a wireframe

When creating prototypes we also create a Functional Specification which is an equivalent of an offline version of the prototype with some additional information we can’t include in the prototype.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Development SEO Search

Taking Google Site Search beyond the standard search results

You can do more with Google Site Search than just the standard Google results you normally see. Here are 2 great ways you can customise your results by adding additional information such as images, ratings and allowing your users to refine their search

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Mobile Technology

Developing for the iPad

As most of the applications currently available in the App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch can work on the iPad we ask ourselves what can we develop for the iPad.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Development SEO Online Trends Web Strategy Social Bookmarking

Why you should use a bookmarking and sharing service on your website

AddThis is one of several bookmarking and sharing services you can use for your website. Basically instead of placing the icons on your website and linking to the ever-changing bookmarking and sharing service it does it for you. 10 advantages of using the AddThis service over doing it yourself.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Usability Tips & Tricks Information Architecture

Free Axure Design Patterns

The main tool we use within our user experience (UX) team is an application called Axure. It allows us to create wireframes, prototypes and specifications for our clients before we start the design and development stages. Here are 4 great Axure design patterns for you to download for free.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Usability

Good Design & Usability Shouldn’t Stop At The Home Page

Your website is on a job interview to first time visitors. Like a job interview where you will be judged firstly on your appearance than on your interaction the same goes for your website.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Web Development

3 Rules to creating great wireframes for your designers

When creating wireframes or a prototype for a project there are several things I need to keep in mind so that our designers can create an amazing design.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Web Development Business Web Strategy

Increase your ROI when advertising on TV by integrating it successfully with your website

You can increase your return on investment (ROI) when running a television commercial by successfully integrating it with your website.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Information Architecture

Online Charting Tools Comparison

For a recent project I had to review 4 online charting applications for a redevelopment of a clients extranet website. The website had numerous reports with an option of viewing the results as charts. The 4 charts reviewed are not the only online charting applications but give a good idea of the different kinds of charting tools available online.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Corporate Blogging Common Sense Web 2.0

Responding to Negative Comments

If your blog has a regular readership then there’s a good chance your posts are generating comments. While this is a great way increase interest and involvement in your site, negative comments can quickly sour the atmosphere and damage your reputation.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Web Design Business Usability e-commerce

Five Tips for Usability in Your Checkout Process

You may think you’re home free once a user clicks on the button to begin the checkout process. Too often, usability issues in your final process may cause potential buyers to back out of the deal. Here are five tips to help ensure your users will complete the sale successfully...

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture

Charting Options for your Website

Let’s face it, we’re a visual society. The graphics you use on your website are as critical to your success as the actual content, if not more so. We also tend to process information presented visually much quicker and often with a greater understanding that information we must read and comprehend. It’s no surprise that presenting information in charts is a powerful way to convey your message, whether it is the effectiveness of a new product or the results of a research. However, including charts hasn’t always been the easiest task.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Common Sense Issues Sydney Web Design

Never design before you know the content

Clients are understandably eager to discuss design details right out of the box. But it is difficult to begin sketching together a page until the designer has a clear idea of what the content will be. And beware the designer that says differently.

Roslyn Zolandor Team : User Experience and Information Architecture Tags : Business Corporate Blogging

5 Things to Blog About on Your Company’s Site

Company Blogs walk that fine line between needing the accuracy of a press release and the informal tone of an interview. This pressure can cause a serious bout of writer’s block. But a blog can’t be stalled - in order for it to be effective it must have fresh content.


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