In her article titled Prove it: What makes you trust a website, Lorelle discusses the idea of trust and how it relates to the web. At first glance, I was skeptical to the idea of trust being a factor in making websites. Particularly because the things I felt were common sense apparently aren’t widely known. Things like content that lacks spelling and grammar errors, avoiding poor design, and making sure your contact information is easy to find. Making the website easy to navigate and especially making it easy to find the page with your contact and about information.
I was a little more than confused when the bulk of the article was written for about pages. But then I realized it was for a corporate setting. Now I understand that corporate sites are usually behind on the times, some probably even thinking frames might be cool until they hire a web specialist that points them in the right direction, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know that it should be easy to find an about section. The first thing I read when I get to a blog is the about and it still baffles me when I find blogs that are lacking. It should be common knowledge, Lorelle shouldn’t have even had to have written this article in the first place!
Spelling and grammar errors shouldn’t even be listed in there, this is the web and there is spell check for people who don’t know how to spell. Spell check even just told me that the word “spell check” isn’t one word; it’s two.
The first thing I learned was the idea that the purpose of the site should be clear and concise; the website needs to be to the point. Otherwise you’ll get people that hit the back button when they aren’t finding what they want, and fast.
I went in to my response wanting to right about how this is true. You do need to create a trustworthy site. I was clearly unprepared for the article I read. It’s not poorly written by any means. I praise Lorelle for her structure and ideas. I just feel that as a subject it is unnecessary.