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10 simple tips to make your website "usable"

Posted by Randy Smith on Sep 30, 2012 10:32:59 AM

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....

  1. Include a tag-line. (Let's the visitor understand exactly what you do)
  2. Less is more. (In other words...keep it simple)
  3. Have a site search if your site is information rich, a resource, contains an extensive blog, or has archived content.
  4. Have a site map. (Good for Google, good for your visitors)
  5. Look at your website from the perspective of a first time visitor. (You already know what you do...don't you?)
  6. Keep your best content near the top of the page, reading left to right.
  7. Don't use underlines for non-links or have images that look like buttons but are not. (Did we fool ya?)
  8. Ask for feedback from site visitors. (You may be surprised what you hear!)
  9. Everything on a page should have purpose. (If not, throw it out.)
  10. Know your audience. (Font sizes, colors, and load time matter depending upon your target audience.)

And that's a wrap!