Usability is defined as "a quality attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use". The word "usability" also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process.
Here are ten tips to help your website become user-friendly....
- Include a tag-line. (Let's the visitor understand exactly what you do)
- Less is more. (In other words...keep it simple)
- Have a site search if your site is information rich, a resource, contains an extensive blog, or has archived content.
- Have a site map. (Good for Google, good for your visitors)
- Look at your website from the perspective of a first time visitor. (You already know what you do...don't you?)
- Keep your best content near the top of the page, reading left to right.
- Don't use underlines for non-links or have images that look like buttons but are not. (Did we fool ya?)
- Ask for feedback from site visitors. (You may be surprised what you hear!)
- Everything on a page should have purpose. (If not, throw it out.)
- Know your audience. (Font sizes, colors, and load time matter depending upon your target audience.)
And that's a wrap!