Tag Archives: UX

Basic UX Steps to Better WordPress Website

If you want to build simple WordPress web site, you need to get the user experience basics right. A bad web layout and design will turn any person away. No one will appreciate your ideas, awesome products, or high quality services because they will bounce, and fast.

Have a clean and simple design

Function over design will always win. How you present your website to your visitors will affect your website’s success. When someone visits your website, they expect to get something useful out of that visit. If they are bombarded with garish web design and find nothing valuable to take away, you better believe they won’t return.

Try using a simple WordPress theme, formatting with proper sub-headings, bullets, lists, and focusing on a neat typography.

Create easy navigation

There is nothing worse than visiting a website and have no idea how to find anything what can navigate me. The goal of your website is to never make your visitors work for information.

Include an obvious navigation bar, (create a categories list in the sidebar,) make sure you have a search box, and don’t forget the breadcrumbs. Give your visitors a reason to stick around and see what your website has to offer. The easier it is to navigate, the longer they will stay.

Be mobile-friendly

We all know by now that mobile-friendly websites are a must these days. Making your website mobile-friendly by using a responsive theme makes users on the go happy. They won’t have to twist their phones around to see your site, scroll right and left and up and down, and they will be able to navigate from page to page with the ease of a desktop experience. It just makes sense.

Speed up your site

If your website doesn’t load within three seconds, say bye-bye to your visitors. People have no patience for slow loading websites. There are several ways to make your website faster than ever. Use a good hosting service or even a content delivery network (CDN), install a caching plugin, optimize your website’s theme, images, coding, and framework, limit the use of plugins, and consider showing only excerpts of content so the pages load quickly.

Have a call to action

Do your website visitors know what you expect of them once they are on your website? Should they buy something? Subscribe to a mailing list? Download a giveaway?

Make it immediately clear to your users what you expect their next move to be. Point directly to it and don’t make it complicated! A large part of user experience is the functionality of a call to action. The fewer the steps involved, the better. A simple sign-up form will suffice and make both you and the user happy.

Make social sharing easy-peasy

Website users love social media. They follow, like, Tweet, share, +1, and so much more every single day like their lives depend on it. So, it would make sense you would encourage them to do the same on your website.

The key to increased social sharing is to make the icons visible and place them in an expected place. In the header space is a popular choice, near the navigation bar is great, in the sidebar is obvious, at the top or bottom of posts is expected, or even better make the icons floating and let them follow the user as they read your content.

Include easy-to-find contact info

You would be surprised at how many great companies leave the contact information at the bottom of their website, in print so small you need a magnifying glass to see it. I mean, seriously? Users want to know what your company is all about. They want to know who you are, what you stand for, and how to contact you.

Start by making yourself and your company transparent and easy to contact. Do not make the information hard to find, do not make users scroll to the bottom searching for a ‘Contact Us’ link, do not make them click through a bunch of pages to get to the contact form. Put these things on your primary navigation menu and make it easy.


Source: http://www.creativebloq.com/wordpress/user-experience-basics-121518318

Top 10 Blogs about UX in 2015

Many times you’ve heard about important rule of UX – User Experience. But where you can find source of high quality information to study UX? You’re at right place. These are (not only my) top 10 high quality blogs about UX in 2015.

UX MASTERY

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They believe that people are more important than technology. That’s why they started this business in the first place—to rid the world of confusing, hard-to-use interactions and interfaces through quality design education. We write articles, ebooksnewsletters, host podcasts, and teach in-person workshops that are fun, practical, and highly regarded by industry. Stay up to date by following Twitter or Facebook, or by subscribing to regular email newsletter.

See UX Mastery Videos

 

UX MOTEL

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This site is dedicated to exposing the most engaging topics surrounding user experience, usability, user interface, and web design; it is a place where those, who are passionate about the burning issues surrounding the UX niche, may express their opinions, share their knowledge, or simply absorb valuable content in a laid-back and comfortable manner. They are offer free e-book or stay up to date by following FacebookTwitter or Google +.

UX MAG

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UX Magazine is a free community resource exploring all facets of experience design. We work closely with practitioners and industry leaders versed in all areas of UX to provide a steady stream of engaging and useful content.

As they field continues to grow in size, implementation, and scope, we’re putting a premium on resources that explain at how UX fits into technological endeavors, customer experience strategies, project planning, and organizations of every stripe. In partnership with our Design for Experience initiative, we’re also working to broaden and deepen the conversations and thinking surrounding user-centered research and design.

Stay up to date by following FacebookTwitterGoogle + or try Newsletter. They also have UX job portal and organize regularly events for UX specialists.

UX BOOTH

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The UX Booth is a publication by and for the user experience community. Our readership consists mostly of beginning-to-intermediate user experience and interaction designers, but anyone interested in making the web a better place to be is welcome. If you’re interested, join us and discuss best practices and trending topics, or share your experiences.Stay up to date by following Twitter or RSS Feed.

UX MYTHS

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They’ve created UX Myths to serve as a reference for site owners and designers. They goal is to provide evidence in user experience design that can help stakeholders move away from design decisions that are based merely on beliefs and personal opinions. But you should still do your own research, check how your design performs. They’ve collected a lot of research data, as well as facts, quotes and articles from well-known designers and web experts in order to debunk the common web design misconception. Stay up to date by following Twitter or you can and download & print poster to share creator’s ideas.

Usability Geek

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Justin Mifsud, founder of UsabilityGeek started this blog way back in June 2011 as a personal hobby so as to evangelize about the importance of website usability. The whole concept revolved around the idea that although poor usability has commercial and legal implications, I had noted that very few web designers and developers are aware of this. Thus I had created UsabilityGeek as a means to bridge theory and academic research with practical and personal recommendations on how one can improve website usability.

Since then, UsabilityGeek has evolved to cover a wider array of topics that extend beyond usability, such as User Experience (UX), conversion, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Architecture (IA). Another important development was converting the blog into a platform that accepts guest posts from people who share a common love – that of creating a great user experience. Stay up to date by following Twitter or Newsletter.

Studio by UX PIN

UXPin is a design platform that makes it easy to go from static design to fully animated prototypes – without any code. Everyone can comment directly on designs. These guys have really good blog about UX. Stay up to date by following Facebook or Twitter.

Smashing magazine

Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. They aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development. They try to persuade you not with the quantity, but with the quality of the information they present. Smashing Magazine is, and always has been, independent. Stay up to date by following TwitterFacebook or RSS Feed.

Invision app blog

They help companies of all sizes unlock the power of design-driven product development. InVision gives teams the freedom to design, review, and user test products—all without a single line of code. With intuitive tools for prototyping, task management, and version control, it’s your entire design process, all in one place. Stay up to date by following Google +Twitter and RSS Feed.

Boxes and Arrows

Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business. Since 2001, it’s been a peer-written journal promoting contributors who want to provoke thinking, push limits, and teach a few things along the way.Stay up to date by following RSS Feed.

UI & UX Design: basics

Maybe you’ve asked yourself: “What is UI & UX design?” The simple answer is UI = user interface, UX = user experience. I think the UI and UX design is all about users. Where and how I want to navigate them. In e-shops, there are usually buttons that differ from their surrounding area by colour because sellers want the purchase to be simple.

UI is the part of design which we need to have a better design experience, and UX is the whole process. When you eat breakfast, let’s say a bowl of cornflakes and milk with a spoon, you have a great user experience from the whole process. Because eating delicious cornflakes (and milk from a bowl) with a spoon is easy and the spoon is “only” a tool you use.

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UX Design is about functionality. How does it work? What is user’s usual behavior in different situations? To understand the role of UX, you need to think about what defines the success of what you’re building.

UI Design is about beauty. It’s not only playing with colors. The point of this is allowing users to focus on what is the most important. Size, colour, and placement of each element work together, creating a clear path to understand your interface.

Now that you understand the basics, let’s see some UX myths 🙂

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People don’t make purely rational decisions based on careful analysis of cost and expected utility, despite what classical economics taught us. Research findings confirm that our decisions are driven more by our emotions than logical and conscious thinking. (source: http://uxmyths.com/post/2607991907/myth-29-people-are-rational)

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People only read word-by-word on the web when they are really interested in the content. They usually skim the pages looking for highlighted keywords, meaningful headings, short paragraphs and scannable list. Since they’re in a hurry to find the very piece of information they’re looking for, they’ll skip what’s irrelevant for them. (source: http://uxmyths.com/post/647473628/myth-people-read-on-the-web)

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