Inviting Stakeholders To Usability Sessions: 14 Tips & Considerations For Email Invitations

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Sending out invitations for observing usability test sessions sounds easy. But to potential observers of your sessions, there are a lot of details they have to process in order to decide to add sessions to their over-crowded calendars. Here are 14 tips and considerations for designing better, more inviting email invitations for your usability sessions. … [Read more...]

Will the Internet Make Grammar Obsolete?

Will the Internet Make Grammar Obsolete

Our society has become too busy. We've also become too accustomed to multitasking. Why wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee, read the paper and then take a shower when we can do it all at once instead? We sip our morning coffee while perusing the daily news at the same time we cruise Facebook to see what our friends are up to, and we answer work emails at the same time we're applying … [Read more...]

A 7 Step Guide to Website Usability

A 7 Step Guide to Website Usability

The web is not an art gallery. And before all the art aficionados and web designers, take umbrage, let me clarify by stating that the net appreciates and requires usability. Keeping things simple and usable not only makes way for easier goal achievement but it also leads to higher conversion rates. Website owners and designers put in a lot of effort and money, to develop, … [Read more...]

5 Simple Guidelines To Improve Your Website’s Accessibility

5 Simple Guidelines To Improve Your Website's Accessibility

With each and every passing day, the World Wide Web (WWW) is becoming more and more advanced. It has also established itself as one of the most vital and powerful resource of information, and a source abound with exciting possibilities. Sites have become the easiest and convenient forms of information exchange, surpassing most of the traditional media channels like the radio … [Read more...]

5 Signs That Indicate Website Usability Problems

5 Signs That Indicate Website Usability Problems

Web site usability is based on the factors that make it easy for a visitor to your website to accomplish his goals. For example, if someone wants to find your customer service contact information then a website maximized for usability will allow that information to be found in as few clicks as possible. The average visitor to your website will spend less than one minute … [Read more...]

10 Guidelines for Writing Usable and SEO Friendly Content

10 Guidelines for Writing Usable and SEO Friendly Content

Effective search engine content can be termed as the content that appeals both to readers and search engines. It can be quite tricky as you are basically writing articles and reviews for readers, but at the same time it is search engines that take your contents to readers. It is not enough just to create a website. Its future development and visibility to search engines is much … [Read more...]

12 Effective Guidelines For Breadcrumb Usability and SEO

12 Effective Guidelines For Breadcrumb Usability and SEO

The term “breadcrumb” in web terminology is a metaphor for the way-finding technique employed by Hansel in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Although the metaphor is slightly misleading since within a web context, breadcrumbs do not always represent the path from which one has arrived at their current location, the term is clever, catchy and has caught on as the … [Read more...]

Mainstreaming Web Site Usability Through Automated Usability Evaluation

Mainstreaming Web Site Usability Through Automated Usability Evaluation

I have always been intrigued by the fact that although web site usability is proven to be an essential element in web design and development, there still exist an abundance of web sites with poor usability. This paradox is the result of limitations which I have written about in an earlier article on this blog. If these limitations can be overcome, then usability will become … [Read more...]

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability

An Extensive Guide To Web Form Usability

As most of you may know by now, last week I have made my debut as a guest blogger on the almighty Smashing Magazine, specifically in the User Experience Design Section. Being chosen to write for them, interacting with such a professional team and eventually seeing my post published is one of my dreams come true as I have been a fan of the mag ever since its commencement. … [Read more...]

Official Usability & Web Site Guidelines of Governments From Around the World

Official Usability & Web Site Guidelines of Governments From Around the World

In most countries, including the United States, the government is the largest single producer, collector, consumer and disseminator of information. With such a strong presence in the daily life of its citizens, most governments, as well as their agencies, develop their own web sites from which they render a number of services. Just like any other web site, these sites operate … [Read more...]

14 Guidelines For Web Site Tabs Usability

14 Guidelines For Website Tabs Usability

Tabs have long been used to show alternative views of the same group of information tabs in software. Known as “module tabs”, these are still used today in web sites. For instance, airline companies such as Ryanair, easyJet and AirMalta use module tabs to enable the user to switch between bookings for flights, hotels and car hire. With the emergence of web sites, tabs … [Read more...]

15 Title Tag Optimization Guidelines For Usability and SEO

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The HTML title tag defines the name of a web page and should be used to describe content of that page in a concise way. Thus, what is placed between the opening and closing HTML title tag is extremely important for both usability and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In this post I will discuss proven title tag optimization guidelines that you can use to create the ultimate … [Read more...]

Official Usability, User Experience & User Interface Guidelines From Companies

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Guidelines are considered to be the best resource that designers and developer can use to ensure that the applications and web sites they produce are usable. Operating systems, devices, and development environments are very specific in nature. Because of this, their manufacturers have devised their own set of usability, user experience and user interface guidelines. This … [Read more...]

15 Usability Guidelines for Designing Web Site Links

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Having usable web site links is an essential consideration for anyone who is developing or owns a web site. Links are a means for the user to navigate to other pages within the same web site or view related documents and external sites. Having usable links effectively means that users are more likely to achieve the objective of why they are in your web site (be it for … [Read more...]

10 usability guidelines for designing the search interface

Usability Guidelines For Designing the Search Interface

The search interface is the means by which users can search through the content of your web site. This post discusses what, I consider to be the ten most important guidelines that can make your web site's search interface more usable. With 16.2 billion monthly searches using Search Engines in the U.S. alone (as at April 2011), many users have modeled their image of how a search … [Read more...]