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Ten Commandments of Successful ECommerce Sites in Wired 8.04:
- Memorable Name. Short, intuitive, easy to spell names work best, and often times the URL is synonymous with the name of the company. Virtual Vineyards was nice, but Wine.com is even better.
- Quick-Loading Graphics. There are numerous techniques to format images so that they don't take eons to load. Learn them. Slow-loading graphics are a universal pet peeve.
- Clear Navigation. Visitors to your site will be grateful for clear, simple navigation. Don't put them off by leading them to a dead end, and make sure the navigation choices are consistent on every page.
- Up-To-Date Content. You wouldn't sell Christmas trees in February; the same goes for websites. Don't post content that is clearly out of date.
- Goal-Oriented Functions. Make it easy for people to get what they want. If the site sells products, make the shopping cart prominent. If it distributes software, put the download button front and center.
- Readable on Any Browser. Keep in mind that internet users come in all shapes and sizes, and what looks graceful on state-of-the-arts equipment might not display well on another browser.
- Feedback Channel. Give people a way to get in touch with the company so they can ask questions, make suggestions, and give additional helpful feedback.
- Personalization. For more advanced sites, personalization is a competitive advantage. When customers take the time to define and store their preferences or wish lists, they're likely to come back.
- Good Customer Service. The best sites are the ones that make good on their promises. No amount of bells and whistles will make up for a missed delivery or an inferior product.