USER EXPERIENCE FLIGHT CHECK
        WordCamp Chicago
Launch Prep
 UX COUNTDOWN
Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr)




Site As Software
✓ Release   worthy

✓ Respect   users - even if it’s just you & your cat

✓ Fixes   take time & money

✓ Build   with upgr...
Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr)




Works As Expected
✓ Blog,   Website, Both, Who Cares?

✓ Snozberries   taste like Snozberries

✓ Be   Yourself, Be Creative, Be Careful

✓ E...
Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr)




Know Your Users
✓ Tailor   content and experience to your users

✓ Your   users may include machines

✓ Respect,    Flexibility & Control
...
MASTER CHECKLIST
MASTER CHECKLIST

Blog                           Single Page
✓   Sharing tools              ✓   Comment Gravatars

✓   Per...
MASTER CHECKLIST

Connections                Analytics
✓   URL services           ✓   Google Analytics

✓   Subscribe via ...
MASTER CHECKLIST

Fallbacks                  Worst Case Scenario
✓   Search box             ✓   Image sizes breaking layou...
MASTER CHECKLIST

Feeds & Things
✓   Full Posts

✓   Permalinks

✓   Hitting the Yahoo! Pipe(s)

✓   Feedburner
WPHAPPYHOUR.ORG
Keep the conversations going!
happyhour@voceconnect.com
THANKS!
        @jharr
jeremy@voceconnect.com
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  • Preparation is critical, launching a blog or site is the same as a software release. You have to be deliberate in your choices. UX means nothing if your product doesn’t work.
  • Your website is software. Even if you just download and install a template you’re building something for use. Remember that and be diligent in making yourself look good.












  • User Experience Flight Check

    1. 1. USER EXPERIENCE FLIGHT CHECK WordCamp Chicago
    2. 2. Launch Prep UX COUNTDOWN
    3. 3. Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr) Site As Software
    4. 4. ✓ Release worthy ✓ Respect users - even if it’s just you & your cat ✓ Fixes take time & money ✓ Build with upgrades, new features in mind ✓ Cut the right corners - aka ad hoc QA
    5. 5. Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr) Works As Expected
    6. 6. ✓ Blog, Website, Both, Who Cares? ✓ Snozberries taste like Snozberries ✓ Be Yourself, Be Creative, Be Careful ✓ Experience Extends to Content Creators ✓ URLs Are Your Currency ✓ Tame Dynamic Plugins
    7. 7. Grant Hutchinson (splorp@flickr) Know Your Users
    8. 8. ✓ Tailor content and experience to your users ✓ Your users may include machines ✓ Respect, Flexibility & Control ✓ Mobility - Is your content & culture mobile? ✓ Analytics are your friend
    9. 9. MASTER CHECKLIST
    10. 10. MASTER CHECKLIST Blog Single Page ✓ Sharing tools ✓ Comment Gravatars ✓ Permalink Structure ✓ Links to Comment Author ✓ Permalinked Elements ✓ Author Comment Coloring ✓ Pagination / Next & Prev ✓ Pagination ✓ Number of posts ✓ Threading ✓ Featured Posts ✓ Discussion Beyond Blog ✓ Alt text
    11. 11. MASTER CHECKLIST Connections Analytics ✓ URL services ✓ Google Analytics ✓ Subscribe via email ✓ Chartbeat ✓ Facebook like ✓ Click Tracking ✓ SEO Tools ✓ 3rd Party Stats ✓ Twitter ✓ Flash video, JWPLayer, etc ✓ Trackbacks
    12. 12. MASTER CHECKLIST Fallbacks Worst Case Scenario ✓ Search box ✓ Image sizes breaking layout ✓ Search results ✓ Garbage code in posts ✓ Smart 404 ✓ Empty sections Random ✓ Overloaded sections ✓ Author links ✓ Performance ✓ Favicon
    13. 13. MASTER CHECKLIST Feeds & Things ✓ Full Posts ✓ Permalinks ✓ Hitting the Yahoo! Pipe(s) ✓ Feedburner
    14. 14. WPHAPPYHOUR.ORG Keep the conversations going! happyhour@voceconnect.com
    15. 15. THANKS! @jharr jeremy@voceconnect.com
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