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25-point Website Usability Checklist

25-point Website Usability Checklist
I've been thinking a lot lately about my process. Experience is a powerful thing, but it's rare that we really sit down and try to map out what we know. A while back, as part of my 5-point Website Clinic, I developed a 25-point website usability checklist - a way to create some method out of my madness and make sure that I don't forget anything critical when I'm working with a new client. Even though it's part of one of my paid offerings, I've decided to share this checklist. A few disclaimers: First, I don't claim this list is comprehensive or unique. Jakob Nielsen has a great 113-point checklist in his book, Homepage Usability, for example. Basic Overview The list is split into 4 roughly equal sections, (I) Accessibility, (II) Identity, (III) Navigation, and (IV) Content. Section I. This section contains not only traditional accessibility issues, but anything that might keep a visitor from being able to access the information on a website. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Section II. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Key Tips for Better Website Usability Ron Jones | October 3, 2011 | 1 Comment inShare30 How you can fortify your website and fix usability issues. So you have a great website that is loaded with great content but is it not converting and most of your visitors leave your site within the first 60 seconds. If this is the situation you are in, you might have a site that isn't friendly enough to your users. In other words, it isn't easy to navigate and find information within your site. Website usability is a common concept among web designers. It is generally known that people visit your website with a specific task in mind. Use Keyword Phrases That Your Audience Is Searching On One of the first things site visitors look for are some visual clues that help them feel they have landed on a site that will help them solve their problem. Armed with your researched and targeted keywords, you should make sure they are prominently placed on the landing page. Consistent and Intuitive Site Navigation Menus. Optimized Content Strategy

6 Places that Flash Does Not Belong Designing and programming in Flash was part of my skillset for a decade, having cut my teeth with Flash in 1999. Over the years, I've seen and done many projects, some of which utilized Flash in very useful ways, while others had no business using it. Sometimes, a Flash implementation detracted from the site's purpose and had poor results (all the while costing them more to build the site in the frst place). Nowadays, companies have begun moving away from Flash but as reminder to website builders everywhere, here is a brief list of places that Flash does not belong (with very few exceptions): 1. Website Intros Let's get the obvious out of the way. 2. Although it's possible to get semi-decent SEO rankings in certain situations for a Flash site, you're just not going to achieve the kind of SEO success for a Flash site that you can for an HTML equivalent. 3. Menus have a singular and key function on every website -- to get visitors quickly to the content they want. 4. 5. 6.

Content Inventory Project Management (4) A project plan takes into account the approach the team will take and helps the team and stakeholders document decisions made regarding the objective, scope, schedule, resources, and... Creating an interdisciplinary team with the right mix of skills is vital to the smooth and successful execution of any project. Team members may be able to cover multiple roles or there may... Use your kick-off meeting to discuss the business case related to the site, the vision and mission based on user and organizational goals, and the vision for the site moving forward. Website requirements are a list of necessary functions, capabilities, or characteristics related to your website and the plans for creating it. User Research (14) When reporting results from a usability test, you should focus primarily on your findings and recommendations that are differentiated by levels of severity. Usability Evaluation (14) Information Architecture (4) User Interface Design (4)

10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines - Smashing UX Design Advertisement Everyone would agree that usability is an important aspect of Web design. Whether you’re working on a portfolio website, online store or Web app, making your pages easy and enjoyable for your visitors to use is key. Many studies have been done over the years on various aspects of Web and interface design, and the findings are valuable in helping us improve our work. 1. A study by UX Matters found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. Tumblr features a simple and elegant sign-up form that adheres to UX Matter’s recommendation. Positioning labels on the left also poses another problem: do you left-align or right-align the labels? 2. People instinctively notice other people right away when they come into view. Eye-tracking heat map of a baby looking directly at us, from the UsableWorld study. And now the baby is looking at the content. Here’s an eye-tracking study that demonstrates this. 3. 4. Basecamp makes great use of space. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Top 10 Best HTML5 Websites of 2013 Here are our editor's picks for the Top 10 Best HTML5 Websites of 2016 based on visual artistry, integrated sound, ease of use, and uniqueness. 1 | The Wilderness Downtown The Wilderness Downtown is an interactive music video for Arcade Fire's song ''We Used to Wait''. Visitors are asked to input the address of the home they grew up in and then the site uses Google Earth and HTML5 to create a personalized music video that takes the user on a journey back home. 2 | Heart of The Artic Heart of The Arctic takes users on an Arctic expedition/scavenger hunt through four distinct environments designed to show users the steps that would be needed to restore climate balance to the arctic region. This site perfectly showcases how Html5 can be used to create fun and educational websites. 3 | Three Dreams of Black 3 Dreams of Black uses HTML5 to promote Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi's album Rome.

8 Web Usability and Best Practices for Beginners As a web designer when you are coding and designing website, it is your job to make sure that the site is user intuitive, friendly and easy to navigate. Although these are basic work ethics for every web designer sometime you might miss out a little things here and there, that might get under front end-user skin. Nevertheless, maybe you are starting your way into web design. Here are eight web usability and practical tips for beginner web designer. Some Commenting method: HTML/XML/XHTML – <! 2. Sometimes when web designer’s are creating website they forget to properly title or leave it blank. 3. Changing your links color or background is must for user visual experience and usability. 4. Although this sounds like dumb tip you would be surprised to see how many websites do not link their header or logo. 5. Following standard layout refers to introducing the viewers to familiar interface and layouts on the web. 6. 7. Color is very important factor when designing sites. 8.

22 Essential Tools for Testing Your Website's Usability The Web Design Usability Series is supported by, an easy way to instantly share your screen with anyone. lets you collaborate on-the-fly, put your heads together super-fast and even just show off. A site's ease of use, or its usability, is an integral part of its success, especially with websites becoming more and more interactive, complex and packed with features. User-centered design is all about building websites that fulfill the goals and desires of its users, and at the heart of this concept is that a user must be able interact with your website effectively. Testing usability is an art and a science. In this post, we'll discuss six crucial factors that affect usability. We'll focus on practical usability testing, so the emphasis is on pragmatic and inexpensive strategies that most site owners can do. What other tools have you used to test website usability? 1. The first thing that must be done is determine what the core user tasks are. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

50 Best Leadership Blogs of 2013 Welcome to the annual update on the 50 Best/Top leaderships blogs on the web as of July 2013. As readers will see, this list has changed quite markedly in just a 12 months period. These significant changes result from a number of factors including: Alexa rankings of individual blogs have changed considerably. This mainly arises not only because of the time invested by individual blog authors in the last year but because many more web sites and blogs have been launched (and Alexa estimates that there are now around 60 million active (as opposed to dormant) web sites in the world).Readers a year ago (and since) alerted us to qualifying leadership blog sites we were unaware of last year and those are now included. This year we have produced the list in a similar way, with the Alexa ranking as the main determinant of order. So what are the main highlights of the Top 50 Leadership Blogs? So, let’s now look at the list. Please note that the above list was compiled by Dr. Related Resources Dr.