[thelist] RE: common key to good sites

Justin Stach j.m.stach at canterbury.ac.uk
Fri Jan 28 03:16:13 CST 2005

On 27 Jan 2005, at 20:31, Steven Streight wrote:

> What do you think is the One Common Key Ingredient
> that makes a web or blog site successful?
> MY tentative answer to my client is: it meets needs of
> audience.

I'm broadly in agreement with much of what has been said, but it's a 
really odd question.

What terms are you measuring success in? Is a successful site one with 
lots of visitors, or one which provides an absolutely appropriate 
response to a specific group of users needs, or is it a site which 
garners approval by your peers? There are different criteria for the 
success of any given site, and part of the job of web designers (I'd 
contend) is to try and find out from the client what those criteria 

Any answer to this question is going to be needed to be given with huge 


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