It can be safely stated that everyone who owns a website wants their site to attract more traffic as this presents it with better growth opportunities. This is where many would state that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) comes to play. But in the bid to win the love, admiration and favor of search engines, people tend to forget the importance of website usability as a force that also drives quality traffic.
Colour plays a crucial role in User Experience. It transmits a psychological message to your users and choosing the right colours for your brand, logo or product can be vital as it helps your brand or product get easily recognised and identified with your industry.
Generating website content can be a tricky task. It needs to be engaging and depending on what the users’ goals are, it should also contribute a means to achieve them. Whilst it may not seem like a hard task, all of this has to be accomplished in a short and succinct manner. This leads to the concept of content density.
Read the full article: “Content Density – Importance For Usability And SEO”
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When users land on your website, they typically read the content available. Then, the next thing that they will do is to try and familiarize themselves with your website. Most of the time this involves looking for navigation.
Our society has become too busy. We’ve also become too accustomed to multitasking. Why wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee, read the paper and then take a shower when we can do it all at once instead? We sip our morning coffee while perusing the daily news at the same time we cruise Facebook to see what our friends are up to, and we answer work emails at the same time we’re applying makeup or doing our hair.
Adobe recently announced that it is halting any future development for the mobile Flash Player. The company has stated that it intends to focus on its AIR-based and HTML5 apps for the smartphone market. Work will still continue though on the conventional Flash Player for PCs.
In January 2012, The UK government launched a BETA version of the new website Gov.uk to replace the existing direct.gov.uk site. This is the latest attempt by the government to provide access to all their information in one place. The new interface is essentially a search engine with a simple user interface which is similar to that of Google search; a box to ask a question and a few ‘popular’ links. Is this the UX direction all sites should be taking? How could this affect search engine rankings?
Tuesday 7th February 2012, will be remembered as a milestone in the Maltese Usability and User Experience (UX) calendar since the first usability conference “An Evening of Web Usability” was held. For this prestigious event which was hosted at the University of Malta, I had the honor of speaking alongside one of the leading usability and user experience professionals, Caroline Jarrett.
With over 17 years of experience working as a Usability and User Experience consultant for her own firm Effortmark and speaking at various conferences worldwide, Caroline Jarrett has long been considered as one of the leading experts in the field. She has also co-authored two of the best-selling books that, in my opinion, should be on every usability and user experience professional’s bookshelf. I am, of course speaking about Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability and User Interface Design and Evaluation. This week I have had the pleasure to interview her prior to welcoming her to speak with me at Malta’s first Usability Conference – An Evening of Web Usability which we will be organizing on the 7th of February at the University of Malta.
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