How Not To Get Noticed

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We all have ideas about the design and usability of WordPress, but what happens when actual testing gets applied to the problem. A presentation from WordCamp 2007 shows Happy Cog's work on the …

We all have ideas about the design and usability of WordPress, but what happens when actual testing gets applied to the problem. A presentation from WordCamp 2007 shows Happy Cog's work on the information architecture and usability for WordPress.

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  • 1. How *Not* To Get Noticed Usability Analysis of WordPress
  • 2. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People don’t notice good design ...
  • 3. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 4. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 ... and people will do stuff when design fails.
  • 5. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 6. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Matt brought a small team in to analyze WordPress.
  • 7. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 “That’s when I know WordPress is doing its job: when people aren’t even aware they’re using it because they’re so busy using it! —Mark Jaquith, 21 February 2007 http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2007/02/21/engine-awareness/
  • 8. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Our goals were simple:
  • 9. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Findability,
  • 10. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 consistency,
  • 11. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 and something called “unconscious design” or “transparent design.”
  • 12. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 To start, we could have looked at other models.
  • 13. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Solo Blogger Power User Pro Admin Consultant Teacher But instead, developed personas based on research.
  • 14. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 15. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 We learned some things:
  • 16. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Users don’t care what designers intended.
  • 17. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 18. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Most visited screens by numbers index.php index.php?page=stats post.php post-new.php edit.php themes.php widgets.php page.php edit-comments.php options-general.php
  • 19. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Most people we talked to ignore most of the page.
  • 20. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 21. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 So we considered a redesign like this.
  • 22. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Global Navigation Dashboard Right Now Recent Comments Blog See All | Edit All | Edit | RSS You have [19] unpublished posts, [27] scheduled posts, and [31] comments in [9] categories. Write a New Post You use the [Hemmingway] theme. Change your Theme You're using WordPress [x.x]. Update to WordPress [2.2] Stats Incoming Links Plugins See All | Edit See All | Edit See All | Edit | RSS But research showed that more was needed.
  • 23. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People don’t like surprises.
  • 24. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 “You have to show people something they've never seen before. And if they've seen it, you have to show them in a new way.” —Lorelle VanFossen, yesterday
  • 25. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 26. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People like it when you know what they’re thinking.
  • 27. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People think of their media as objects.
  • 28. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 And people refer to objects using nouns.
  • 29. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 30. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Nouns!
  • 31. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 32. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People should navigate by nouns, not verbs.
  • 33. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 34. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Users didn’t get it.
  • 35. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 “Refer or relate an old post to a new one” “Post excerpt” “Moderate comments (approve/disapprove” “Add image to post” “Write a new blog post” “Post author” “Post a video” “Respond to comments” “Post a photo from my flickr account” “Change my password” 10 9 8 Activity 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Manage Create Posts Comments My Profile Plugins Blog administrator Advanced users, 2+ years Novice to mid-range, 1 year or less
  • 36. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Clearer verbs as navigation worked.
  • 37. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People got it.
  • 38. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Drafts are not drafts most of the time.
  • 39. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Working on it Working on it In progress Working on it Starting idea Saving for reference Saving for reference In progress Removed from blog Removed from blog
  • 40. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Drafts
  • 41. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People like the whole truth.
  • 42. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 The Present
  • 43. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 The Future
  • 44. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 45. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Show when possible.
  • 46. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 47. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 48. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007
  • 49. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 People tend to have one thing to say at a time.
  • 50. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 After publishing a post, users see a new Post screen.
  • 51. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 But they have nothing more to write.
  • 52. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 They need suggestions. Nexts. And reassurance.
  • 53. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Be voyeurs. Don’t surprise people. Anticipate what people need. Don’t be brief at the cost of clarity. Show, don’t tell. Never stop at a dead end.
  • 54. How *Not* To Get Noticed WordCamp 2007 Get Unnoticed. www.happycog.com www.bobulate.com