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Newsletter issue #65 - 3rd August 2009

This issue

Welcome to the August 2009 edition of the Webcredible newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Feature article: Making an impact: Measuring web design effectiveness
  • Top tip: Optimise user registration
  • Useful program: Firefox Accessibility Extension
  • Top link: CSS 3 Cheat Sheet
  • New articles in July
  • Webcredible blog posts in July

Enjoy!

Feature article: Making an impact: Measuring web design effectiveness

Back in March we told you about the link between aesthetic design and usability. Everyone wants a great website so it's of course crucial that the aesthetic appearance and design of your site is really good. In this month's feature article, we show you how to measure the impact of your website design and aesthetics, to ensure your website makes the best possible impression.

Read this article in full

Top tip: Optimise user registration

Do you ever get annoyed at having to make yet another password for one more website? Too many websites still force users to register without good reason, or provide an ineffective registration process. You can avoid frustrating users on your website by thinking about the following points:

  1. Ask users to login or register only when necessary Those parts of a website that aren't personalised should be equally accessible by registered and non-registered users. Only ask people to login or register when it's required to complete an action, not earlier.
  2. Make registration optional where possible Customers shouldn't have to 'create an account' in order to buy products from an online shop. If a site needs to remember simple previously entered information, this can also be done by using a cookie, which of course requires no effort from the end user.
  3. Prominently explain the benefits of registration Users will be happier to register if they know that they're getting something useful, rather than if registration is seen as a barrier between them and their task.
  4. Avoid lengthy registration forms Another source of frustration comes from questions in registration forms that look irrelevant to the task in hand. Remove such questions and explain the rest e.g. “We need your phone number to notify you in case your flight times change.”
  5. Consider progressive registration This means asking only the bare essentials in the beginning (e.g. an email address and a password), and enabling users to update and complete their full profile at a later stage.

Useful program: Firefox Accessibility Extension

Want some help checking that your website is accessible for disabled users? The Firefox Accessibility Extension is a toolbar offering a wide variety of tools to test different aspects of your website for accessibility. Simply download the extension for you Firefox browser and start checking whether your website is accessible.

Try this useful program

Top link: CSS 3 Cheat Sheet

Produced by Smashing Magazine, the CSS 3 Cheat Sheet provides you with a printable reference source for the main features of CSS 3. If you're looking for a listing of all the properties, selector types and allowed values in the current CSS 3 specification, then click-through and download the PDF for free.

Check out this useful link

New articles in July

Read these and many other articles

Webcredible blog posts in July

  • Disabilities: to harness or to punish?
  • What is Friends Reunited actually good for?
  • Faster Internet for Africa
  • Be's new IE6-unfriendly launch
  • 5 Free User Experience Design Tools
  • Yahoo's new homepage
  • Turning disabilities into abilities
  • Revolution usability podcast
  • The IMRG Experience
  • What's new in retail?
  • Local council usability report 2009
  • Google Chrome OS: Challenge to Microsoft Supremacy
  • Ocado iPhone app and the importance of context
  • Webcredible Team Day
  • Online video content deals - the future for magazine publishers?
  • What's happening at Webcredible

Read these blog posts in full

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