Usability

4 Best Ways to Alienate Your Blog Readers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

*The following guest post is by Duncan* Have you ever felt like your blog readers are just a hassle to your site? Using up all your bandwidth and leaving messy comments all over the place? If so, you need some tips in how to alienate them and stop them coming back ...

Building a Helpful Website

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

*The following guest post is by Amber Singleton Riviere* It's surprising sometimes to visit websites and find even the most basic information missing.  For your website to stand up against the sea of competing sites that are available online, you have to make sure your site delivers the ...

How to Optimize Your Site for Phone Calls

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

A lot of time passed since my post on calls-to-action but I am still getting comments and requests from people who are willing to get their site visitors to act. One of the recent comments was about optimizing your site for phone calls: how to place your company number to ...

Impossible CAPTCHA : It Doesn’t Really Matter if You are Human or Not

Monday, May 18th, 2009

CAPTCHA is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Human Apart”. In a broader sense, CAPTCHA is defined as: Type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. The process involves one computer (a ...

Amazon.com Navigation Menus Evolution

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

I've lately had to deal with a huge database-driven website. What troubled me most was the huge navigation menus - and I am wracking my brain over the ways to optimize it both for users and search engine bots.  It is always the hardest - to organize huge number of ...

How to Test Your Site Usability with Five Second Test and Twitter

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A few days ago I tested this blog homepage with one handy tool I recommend trying: Five Second Test. That was both fun and useful. Now what I did: got a screenshot of the blog home page; filled in the form; uploaded the screenshot there; posted the generated link at Twitter and asked ...

Enhanced Image Search – What Is It Like?

Monday, May 19th, 2008

I mainly search for images online when I need a web design inspiration or if I want to decorate a post of mine. Some recent image search engines and search engine applications seem really impressive to me. They offer a wide variety of interfaces, filtering and sorting options that I ...