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Chris Seth Jackson

Hey, Dave! I agree with everything except the search box.

I just finished "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug. The search box, according to Steve's usability studies, is one of the most important elements to a site.

Thinking about lyrics you just heard from the band but don't know the name of the song? Search box.

Are they selling that song from their site? Search box.

I moved my search box on my site way down until I read that. I think it's time to move it back to the top where it belongs.

Thoughts on this, or do you have some research that indicates the search box isn't relevant for band websites?

David Dufresne

Have you ever used a search box on a band's website?
(I haven't, and I visit a lot of them).

Can you see (with Google Analytics) how many people actually used it on yours? I'll bet it's a very small number.

If you have clean navigation and well defined sections, a search box is just clutter and can distract from actually useful calls-to-action. (ie. if a visitor is looking to buy a track, they'll click on "store", not search for it).
Dave is actually working on a post about this topic just now.

IMHO search boxes are important for big retail websites, or document heavy sites (think a newspaper's site, or a government website, or a huge blog), but for bands websites, nope.

Clyde Smith

I've got to agree with David and Dave on this one. Unless there's an incredible amount of searchable archived textual material, I can't think of any band's website on which I needed to search unless they had bigger navigation problems that would have done the trick.

But, Chris, for your site the search box makes sense and I'd definitely move it up. You've got a lot of writing on there and I assume it's going to keep growing.

Toby Rogers

Just having one call to action is probably the most important tip. People don't want to be forced to make choices when they land on your homepage. Hand hold them to the most important thing you want them to do (like join your mailing list) and you can drip feed them the rest from there. Once they've signed up for your mailing list you can easily point them in the direction of your latest download or gig listings with your newsletter.

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