Universal Best Practices of Website usability

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It is not enough to have a beautiful web design and application with a high impact image on the home page. Website should be usable, easy-to-use, obvious, accessible, and intuitive. The best website user experiences (UX) will be those that are so easy to use, navigate, and operate. Following are the usability best practices that will go a long way towards making websites more pleasurable and effective user experiences:

Usability Checklist (Best Practices) 

1. Don’t make users read your mind o If you expect a date to be entered in a certain format, show them the format you expect before they enter the data 

  • If a field is mandatory, give a visual indicator (* mandatory) that it is required 
  • Give user relevant and appropriate instructions and helpful hints 
  • Give the users an indicator if the system is working and not necessarily stuck or waiting on you

2. Reward good behavior 

  • If the user enters data correctly, give them a check or a smiley face 
  • If users do not enter data correctly, help them, don’t reprimand them or give them a warning or error! o
  • Give users a status update, like a progress bar 

3. Eliminate the chance of human error 

  • Give users a calendar or date picker instead of asking them to give you a date in free form 
  • If you have discrete options then give people a pull-down pick list or radio buttons or check boxes
  • Make your CAPTCHA (Are you human?) easier to read and see

4. Be consistent

  • Don’t make user have to learn each new page or section of the site/application
  • Data entry forms on one page should have similar behavior to other data entry forms 2
  • Don’t move buttons around from page to page

5. Follow the proximity principle

  • Like things (similar things) should be grouped together 
  • Relevant things should be offered to your users

6. Be real 

  • Buttons should look like buttons – if it looks like a button, it should be functional.
  • Links should look like links – if it looks like a link, it should be clickable o Headings should look like headings – a heading should not necessarily be clickable

7. Be organized

  • Things should be where they are supposed to be
  • Have a place for everything and put everything in its proper place

In general words, your website and application should be so simple and so easy that a common user who doesn’t have much computer knowledge can access the website/application.

Posted by: Jinali Patel. in Computer | Date: 04/02/2016

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