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Creating a pop‐up message

Another behavior that might come in handy is the pop‐up message (also known as an alert box). If you've browsed the Web, you've seen alert boxes before. They're the little windows that pop up to give you some extra information. These windows require some acknowledgement from users that they have seen them — in other words, users have to click OK before the alert lets them proceed. Pop‐ups are most often used to tell users that they need to include some extra information in a form and other things of that sort.

While many users don't like pop‐ups, they can be a valuable tool when you need to convey information. But make sure you don't overuse them because they can lose their impact. Sometimes, users won't see the vital information, just another roadblock as they try to use your site. Also, make sure your message is easy to understand, concise, and doesn't include a lot of technical detail. Remember, it's just a quick alert, not a minisite. Be considerate of your users, and they will pay attention to your messages.


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