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“Ugly” Sites That Work Well

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Being a web designer I have long thought about what I consider “ugly” sites that do very, very well with traffic. Sites like Craigslist, MySpace, and even Google. None of these are beautiful, but all are at the top of the web traffic wise.

I have always believed that function is the main goal of a site. It should be easy to navigate. It should provide good quality, usable information and make it easy for visitors to do what you promise them that you will do for them. All of the sites above are great examples of that.

Does that mean that the designed “look” of a site are not important? My argument is that all other things being equal a good looking site will do better, but function should always be first.

Joshua Porter writes an interesting article on all sides of the subject called “The MySpace problem”.

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