Thursday, October 06, 2005

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

Well-known usability specialist Jakob Nielsen asked the readers of his Alertbox newsletter to nominate the usability problems that irked them most.

On the list are:
  • Legibility Problems
  • Non-Standard Links
  • Flash
  • Content That's Not Written for the Web
  • Bad Search
  • Browser Incompatibility
  • Cumbersome Forms
  • No Contact Information or Other Company Info
  • Frozen Layouts with Fixed Page Widths
  • Inadequate Photo Enlargement
Nielsen concludes:

"(...) users don't care about technology and don't especially want new features. They just want quality improvements in the basics: text they can read; content that answers their questions;
navigation and search that help them find what they want; short and simple forms (streamlined registration, checkout, and other workflow); and no bugs, typos, or corrupted data; no linkrot; no outdated content. "

"Anytime you feel tempted to add a new feature or advanced technology to your site, first consider whether you would get a higher ROI by spending the resources on polishing the quality of what you already have. Most companies, e-commerce sites, government agencies, and non-profit organizations would contribute more to their website's business goals with better headlines than with any new technology (aside from a better search engine, of course)."

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:27 pm


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