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Anyone who uses the Internet regularly will know it’s not an easy task finding the best sites around, you either stumble on them by accident, hear about them from a friend or spend forever trawling through various search engines in your quest.
Any one who is a regular Netty will find the following magazine a goldmine of information.
Web User is extremely user friendly and is written in good old plain English, no jargon or complex terms to baffle you in this baby.
It is suitable for even the Internet beginner, you really cannot go wrong, and everything is clearly displayed and presented so you can see what you need to know at a glance.
So lets take a peek into the current issue number 22.
News = = = = =
Five whole pages of the latest Internet happenings in this issue, topics covered include the end of excite.co.uk ,the launch of the Xbox . Released apparently on March 14th at a mere £2.99.
Web Events, find out what’s happening and when online, those live hosted events you wont want to miss.
Still in the news section- Up For Grabs, listings of all the best freebies and new competitions.
Web Bargains- in this one, grab yourself a cheap DVD or a bargain holiday online.
Consumer Champion = = = = = = = = = = =
This of course varies from issue to issue, but the idea is that if you have a dispute or any serious problems with a web site, web user will attempt to sort it out for you. This weeks issue deals with good old jungle.com and a CD rewriter that didn’t arrive for 2 months….
Best New Sites = = = = = = = = =
This section is excellent and invaluable for new ideas when surfing, offering sites of all kinds from galleries to chocolate, there will almost definitely be something to interest you in this section.
Each site of course has the full address, screen shot, and a review, plus the star rating which applies to all reviews and products, this is as follows:
***** = Great **** = Good *** = Acceptable ** = disappointing * = Give it a miss
On Test = = = =
Each issue tests out one particular new product and this time it is the new Epson digital camera, everything a perspective buyer needs to know, prior to making a decision. All the features, ease of use, value for money and of course the overall verdict in the star rating. The camera in question is the Epson PC 21002 and only managed to get 2 stars.
Shopping Challenge = = = = = = = = =
you the reader can write in and ask Web user to find you the best deal for any particular item, today it’s the Rio 600 Mp3 player , on the high street you would have to pay £149.99, but good old Web User found it at www.amazon.co.uk for £89.40 inc delivery, again various other sites offering this product are listed but none as cheap as this one.
Site Test = = = = =
holiday time, each issue tests a variety of sites all on the same theme, all the major high street travel agents are here, from Thomas Cook to Lunn Poly, again the star rating gives you a clear indication of which are the best for bargains and features.
Site test number 2 is job sites, lots listed and a very comprehensive guide to what’s on offer.
Log And Learn = = = = = = = =
Again a very good feature, especially for any beginners, some educational, some just for fun, all with the screenshot and review and rating, these are all sites that offer to teach you something, fancy brushing up your French then go to www.bbc.co.uk/learning/library/french/index.shtml Or how about playing the guitar solo from Stairway to Heaven? It’s easy when you go to www.zentoo.com/guitar. Lots more from first aid to idiot’s guides, so you will be spoilt for choice.
Most Wanted = = = = = = =
The hottest new technology, complete with prices at a glance.
Faq = = =
In this particular one you get the top 50 most asked queries, including browsers, photos, web building problems, Microsoft problems and many more.
This is very useful even to me as most of us have sometime or other needed basic PC help or often wondered about certain errors etc, well look no further. Here you can find out how to view images in varying formats, add video and photographs to your web site, deal with zone alarms, internal errors and much much more, one to keep and refer back to in times of crisis.
Workshops = = = = = =
Not always of use depending on the particular topic per issue, a lot are pretty basic to the more advanced user but occasionally they are useful, this particular one is “How to fill forms in online”.
OnlineGames = = = = = = = =
A gamers paradise, not only do you get reviews of all the new games to purchase, you also get listings of online and freeware or shareware games, pop along to www.zone.com for a range of puzzles ranging from Tetris style to trivia.
Web Builder = = = = = = =
Now this will be of interest for anyone who has a comprehensive web site they made themselves, you simply write to them with all the details and the best will be featured in the magazine, you get to give a brief review yourself, then Web User will add their verdict plus a picture, what better way to advertise your site than this.
Letters = = = = =
Just the usual readers moans and groans here, however some are interesting and you can learn from their mistakes, for example one in this issue tells of AOL not screening emails for any viruses, so its imperative you run a separate anti-virus software.
Hints and Tips = = = = = = = =
Here you can find various things to enhance your surfing or save time, this one can be interesting at times, or you could even submit your own tips and win £25.
Awards Section = = = = = = = =
At the moment they are hosting their own web awards, here you can vote for the best site in 12 categories, so why not grab a copy now and vote for ciao!
Classified = = = = = = =
As with most publications you find the back contains pages of advertisements, not only are they at the back of this one but dotted equally throughout, but this does not really spoil the appeal of the magazine, some even useful for supplies of inks and papers etc.
Subscription = = = = = = =
If you really like this publication, you may well want to subscribe to it and save money, by setting up a direct debit you will save 40% on a 6 month subscription, pay only£9.36 as oppose to £15.60.
Paying by cheque or post costs £46.80, a saving of 25% of the normal price of £62.40 and will give you a full 2 years subscription. 1 year will cost you £24.96, a saving of 20% of the normal price of £31.20.
The normal price of this fortnightly publication is £1.20, however now and again they are 99p to entice new readers.
All the features of the magazine plus archives are also available online at www.web.user.co.uk, so why not pop along and see what it has to offer.
Ana's Verdict = = = = =
This magazine is superb for new and old users alike, it is a sister magazine of Computeractive, another of my favourites as you may know.
It is simple to browse with no jargon or terms which are likely to confuse anyone, everything is clearly listed and reviewed and you can always find lots of interesting sites and information that you will not have come across, I suggest you give it a try if you want to get more out of the Worldwide Web!
Status: New - In User Centred Web Design, usability expert John Cato outlines a design ... more
process that has a Web site visitor's needs in mind. He offers both theoretical discussions and real-world case studies. Although the illustrations in this compact book are small and not always well-printed, the insightful advice is clearly communicated and would be valuable to anyone setting out on the open sea of Web development. And, with its analyses of various corporate Web sites, User Centred Web Design addresses particularly important issues for those involved with e-business. This is not a software how-to book or a showcase of what's cutting-edge on the Web today. But it does inspire the sort of careful thinking found in Don Norman's The Psychology of Everyday Things. Throughout the book, Cato offers diagrams, paradigms, and to-do lists, the first being his looping description of one's relation to the world: Awareness > Understanding > Action. His model for designing is Discover > Design > Use. Discovery includes the vision, exploration, "the 'Ah ha' moment". Design is where it is all born, and Use involves market testing and verification. These are just a few of the theoretical game plans he offers. Cato uses case studies to show how one can make user profiles contribute to the design process. It feels very similar to learning good marketing skills in business school. The book also takes a careful look at the visual techniques used on many sites today, breaking down what works and what doesn't, even proposing alternatives. For example, is the user confused over whether something is a button? Cato writes, "Make it buttony, and employ mouseovers to give confirmatory feedback", and "Go for creative ways of grabbing attention; they do not have to be large things." You'll also learn how to push your creativity, get over your fears and believe in yourself (good all-around life advice). There's even a section that looks at design issues for Web-enabled cell phones. This book won't wow you with its visuals, but the ideas and inspiration within may help you wow others with your Web design. --Angelynn Grant