Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidentialh 1 Web Design for UsabilityBrandon Steele – Sr. Marketing Manager
The 7 Secrets of Highly Unsuccessful Websites Place familiar elements in unfamiliar places Make it hard to navigate Remove points of reference Clutter is your friend Colors should be few – preferably just white Dispense with calls-to-action or obscure them Make the content hard to read and hard to find 8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 2
“Usability is the measure of the quality of a user’s experience when interacting with a product or system...” – Usability.gov
“Usability is the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use.” – ISO
“Usability is a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use.” Jakob Nielsen, Ph.D.
8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 3 What is Usability Anyway?
A Usable Usability Definition Usability means that people who use the website can do so quickly and easily to accomplish their task(s). 8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 4
“If a website is difficult to use, people leave. If the homepage fails to clearly state what a company offers and what users can do on the site, people leave. If users get lost on a website, they leave. If a website's information is hard to read or doesn't answer users' key questions, they leave. […] There are plenty of other websites available; leaving is the first line of defense when users encounter a difficulty.” -- Nielsen 8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 5 Why is Usability Important?
High bounce rates Low conversion rates Poor keyword rankings Low traffic Few SEO leads 8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 6 And Where Does all This “Leaving” get us?
How Do We Avoid This User Experience? 8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 7
8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 8 General Usability Checklist Can you tell where you are in the site? Can you tell where you can go in the site? Is there a reasonable number of navigation choices? Is there a link back to the home page? Do links make sense when read out of context? Does the site have a consistent "look-&-feel"? Is the layout uncluttered? Is there good color contrast? Is important content close to the top of the page? Are key concepts emphasized? Is text broken up for easy scanning using headlines, bullets, lists and frequent paragraph breaks? Is language used in a way that is familiar to and comfortable for its readers?
8/10/2009 Deltak edu- Proprietary & Confidential 9 Example 1