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Are we hurting ourselves or Is Less More

Are all those add-ons really beneficial?

   
6:33 pm on Apr 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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This comment/question is not based on any study I have done or read, but I was wondering if we as webmasters are hurting ourselves, and in turn our clients, SERPS, etc, by using every plugin, add-on, API, Share, Like, +, gadget, or whatever else you want to call them, on our websites.

We get so engrossed and distracted with analytics, WMT, conversion rates, and so on, I just wonder if we are loosing sight of our actual goal. Aside from the fact all these things added to a site slows it down, even it is just nominal, does it really help us?

In other words, is this stuff really beneficial? Would the time spent doing all these things be better spent on something else, like say improving content? And do visitors really care about all the social plugins? (Though being able to sign into a site using your facebook logon is helpful, depending what information the site is requesting.)

Two philosophies come to mind, both of which I try to practice:
"Less is more" and "KISS - Keep It Simple *"
My observation is we are trending away from these, possibly to our detriment.

(*I was told the word 'stupid' goes here, but you can decide what is best for you.)

Virtually all these questions are rhetorical and there is probably no right answer. But, 5, 10, 15 years ago these things did not really exist and we all did just fine.

And in my opinion, "increased competition" is not justification.

Just something to think about when you set your priorities.

Marshall
7:58 pm on May 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It's a mix bag. Some apps and plug ins take away from us, but others add. For example, a Stumble Upon / Reddit adds visitors. A Facebook commenting system may siphon users away. Nothing is clear. It's a case by case analysis and having the foresight to pick the right solutions that fit your audience and what your site is about.

Curating contents and access to our content is also part of our work as webmasters.
4:44 pm on May 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I totally agree, and less IS more. Working with a group testing landing pages, they keep adding more and more "cool stuff" and can't figure out why the conversions drop with every page they create. I try to explain it to them and they just argue - argue with statistical numbers, argue with skewed group test results, and go on believing their more is "more better". :-\ "SHOW ME THE CONVERSIONS!"

Thought so.

There's a point at which it's all "too much" for the average user, and we crossed that point long ago.
6:01 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)



I definitely agree with the KISS less is more philosophy. Perhaps it will be the next big thing?

First off, I think everyone is simply getting sick of being overwhelmed with 495 different ads, buttons and other objects on a web site.

It's also exhausting for the blogger.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to go for the Steve Jobs minimalist approach to things from here on out.

I'm not going to do any SEO, promotion or anything. All I'm going to do is create great content and everything will take care of itself.

Well, ok... maybe I'll add some type of social sharing widget, but that's about it ;)
6:56 am on May 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As a user, I just want to:
1) find what I am looking for. Then:
2) get what I am looking for.

The websites I have visited loyally over the last decade don't have a lot of distractions.
5:15 am on May 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As a user, I just want to:
1) find what I am looking for. Then:
2) get what I am looking for.

The websites I have visited loyally over the last decade don't have a lot of distractions.

Look at WebmasterWorld - a perfect - quick loading - example