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Thread: 7 Steps For Better Website Usability

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    7 Steps For Better Website Usability

    Hello guys,

    I am sharing web design tips for better usability with you all.

    As we all know, there has been a vibrant ship in the trend of website designing in the recent years. Anyone can design a website but not all website designs become successful. Few of them reach to their goal. The goals of designing a website could be different but one goal for which every website owner and website designer always ready to catch it. That’s ‘Website Usability’.

    Designing a website is not an issue but creating one which makes the user stay longer is the difficult task.

    Here below are some tips to create a site which focuses on better website usability.

    1. Website speed should be optimum (faster is better).
    2. Website content should be brief, precise and to the point.
    3. Website should be visually attractive with proper mixing of colors, text and images.
    4. Website should be error free no grammatical or coding error
    5. Website should have easy navigation with better link’s annotation.
    6. Website should have clean and real contact details; address, email, phone etc..
    7. Website should be engaging; posting quiz or conducting a poll or creating a guestbook

    Above all the points will help you to create user-friendly website and make users to stay longer on your site. If I have missed any point here, let me know in reply.

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    This thread was sitting in the moderation queue. I decided to approve it. Let's discuss this and see if anyone can spot the obvious flaw in it.
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    As we all know, there has been a vibrant ship in the trend of website designing in the recent years. Anyone can design a website but not all website designs become successful. Few of them reach to their goal. The goals of designing a website could be different but one goal for which every website owner and website designer always ready to catch it. That’s ‘Website Usability’.
    All of that, especially the brightly colored sailing vessel.

    Designing a website is not an issue but creating one which makes the user stay longer is the difficult task.

    Here below are some tips to create a site which focuses on better website usability.

    1. Website speed should be optimum (faster is better).
    2. Website content should be brief, precise and to the point.
    3. Website should be visually attractive with proper mixing of colors, text and images.
    4. Website should be error free no grammatical or coding error
    5. Website should have easy navigation with better link’s annotation.
    6. Website should have clean and real contact details; address, email, phone etc..
    7. Website should be engaging; posting quiz or conducting a poll or creating a guestbook.
    None of this has anything to do with usability. A couple of them are good tips, but #3 is the only one that even comes close to usability (only the color "mixing" part at that).

    I really feel like there should have been a link drop in there somewhere. Possibly even a fake signature block.
    Last edited by Ronald Roe; Aug 02nd, 2013 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Added some quotes to make sarcasm more obvious
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    I really feel like there should have been a link drop in there somewhere. Possibly even a fake signature block.
    Luckily he doesn't have 25 posts yet

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    To be clear, there are several flaws in this post. What I was referring to was something so obviously flawed that no counterargument can be made.
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    I am constantly amazed at how a person living in Atlanta, Georgia, can still use an ISP from Mumbai! That's real tech savvy.

    I guess I missed the boat, er, ship, when it comes to useability - I feel so foolish.
    I do silly things like:

    • following accessibility guidelines
    • making sure the font is clear and easy to read with good contrast
    • making sure that the logo and any other branding is prominent on the home page, and well-placed on interior pages
    • including clear and easy-to-find contact information on the site
    • having easily identifiable navigation and following the 3-click rule as much as is possible
    • making sure that if there is a site search it works and is easy to find and use
    • making sure that the most important content is "above the fold" whenever possible
    • making sure that I have used appropriate "ALT" tags
    • having a custom 404 page
    • using popups and ads a little as possible and as unobtrusively as possible
    • making sure the page titles are descriptive and unique
    • and also (unforgiveable, I know) having current and relevant content.
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    Wow, this turned into a really fun game!

    This document is so deeply flawed that everyone is overlooking the simplest flaw of all. Let's see if anyone can guess it. Sorry, Ron and Mare, but you've both missed it completely.
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    Aside from the fact that he failed follow his own step 4 in his post, I'm stumped. I've read the post enough that I have it damn-near memorized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    Aside from the fact that he failed follow his own step 4 in his post, I'm stumped. I've read the post enough that I have it damn-near memorized.
    We have a winner! Step 4 is flawed in and of itself.
    4. Website should be error free no grammatical or coding error

    This "sentence"...if we want to call it a sentence, that is...contains multiple grammatical errors, including a missing period. I believe that's what the cool kids on the Internet call a Hypocrisy Fail.

    I'd give you a prize, but I can't think of anything I could give you, so...ummm...errrr...uhhhhh...here, have one of these:

    :slow:

    It's called an ess-CAR-got in France.
    Last edited by TheGAME1264; Aug 03rd, 2013 at 11:52 AM. Reason: I can't make the snail show up.
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    Crap - When I read that kind of wording and spelling from that location ISP address, I just automatically discount it and pay no attention!
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