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How To Make Your Website Function Better

 

We all have that one thing that we do over and over again all throughout the day. It may be an errand, a casual browsing of our social media accounts, or even work-related tasks. Whatever these things may be, if you work in front of a computer or a smart phone, you are more than likely to have a rinse-lather-repeat kind of day.

So, wouldn’t it be better if such troublesome clicking on websites could be eliminated?

A lot of web pages and tools are usually designed to get the user to jump through a various number of steps in order to get to the end result. And with even more complicated websites, the hassle of going from point A to point B can truly be infuriating and less than graceful.

The number of times you click one button to another may sound simple enough, but if you have to do that multiple times within a day, it can easily become an agitating process. Over time, that tiny agitating process may become the only thing your users focus on, thus, becoming the downfall of your very own website.

The reason for that may be because of so much bad UX and complex buttons, which could result from a lack of understanding on how the general public uses the website, as well as a lack of critical thinking about the best way to avoid such problems.

Remember, it’s the tiny leaks that can drain your users’ limited concentration.

Knowing what menu items your users usually use or how they do their everyday tasks by the use of your product/service can go a long way in designing and improving user experiences that seem obvious, intuitive and most importantly, user-friendly.

Ultimately, when your designing a website, always keep this phrase in mind: “It may already be easy, but can it be made even easier?” If so, then enhance everything that could use some enhancing, so your guests can have a smooth-sailing experience on your website.

 

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How To Preserve Your Client’s Patience

 

Drip.. Drop..

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of your client’s patience slowly dripping away, the longer they browse your page.

As prospective customers look through your site, their patience may be gradually decreasing, minute by minute. We all have a limited amount of patience available for each day – and once it’s all used up, we get irritable, annoyed, and just plain unpleasant.

This is why it’s extremely crucial to build an inviting, user-friendly website. As what we’ve mentioned before, familiarity can easily generate contempt if there is an infuriating work-flow on a website or a specific application that someone uses on a daily basis.

Of course, the same is true for commercial websites:

• Clashing colour palette that hurts the eyes of the viewers

• A novella of text to read through once the reader’s eyes adjust

• Menu filled with terminologies that only your marketing department can understand, which could be something they encoded during an all-nighter

• A product picture that does not fully expand as promised due to some skewed javascript

• Disorganized menu set-up leaving your customers immensely confused or worse; misguided

A website that isn’t compatible on a mobile phone screen

• Numerous broken link due to a misplaced white paper

• Inefficient and complicated check-out process that stops a purchase from happening. Leaving your customers with no other choice but to abandon their shopping carts.

All of the mentioned issues (except the last one) are considered to be minor in the grand scheme of things, but when fused together, they can easily squeeze out your client’s patience, leaving them utterly frustrated and dissatisfied. They could even give your website a very bad review, which could eventually affect your traffic.

It’s important to remember these factors when designing your website. Simple, to-the-point text, mild and cheerful colours, links that work properly when clicked, organized menu buttons that make perfect sense, and a hassle-free shopping cart can go a long way in preserving your client’s patience while they browse your site.

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Why Web Design Is Like Playing Football

 

Some of you may not be familiar with web designing, but surely you have some insight as to how football works. Explore the similarities of these two, and surely grasp the general idea of how to design and run your own website.

Web design, just like football — requires proper planning, teamwork, strategy, and aiming the goals:

Strong formation

Before you start building a website, you first have to assemble your own team in place. Recognize who the top players are and get them into a formation. Your engineers, designers, copywriter, marketing team, photographer, and support team; they all play an essential role in making a successful website.

You wouldn’t want to begin your ultimate project without preparing everyone and letting them know about your goals. Substitutions are fine within the game, but there should be players who already learned to the art of working harmoniously with the other team mates.

Pass often

A triumphant game only happens when the team is playing well together. Football is in fact, a team sport – just as well as web design. For instance, your engineer should always inquire with your designer about their thoughts, and vice versa.

Everyone must “pass” the project along to the other members in order to get their input and eventually, assemble a website together. When your team is functioning at its best, you can be assured that each passes will reach their respective destination and goals will be reached. The same is true for your own web design team.

Be in the field

Understanding what the project will require and carefully planning each step is very crucial, if you want the website launch to be a success. Who will be in charge during the first half of the game? Who shall be the players that carries it through the finished goal?

Web designing, like football, is not always a straight drive for you can always circle back just to ensure that the prior steps are re-worked if need be.

Stay in the game

In truth, even after all the careful planning in the world, there will be unexpected bumps along the way. Knowing when a project is already turning towards the wrong direction is crucial, and needs immediate intervention.

Having a strong project leader who can determine when a project needs proper correction is truly important. So is having a team who are able to let their team mates know when they need to step up the game. The last thing you want is to be within inches from the goal, only to realize that a specific code you encoded during stage one does not efficiently work.

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Make Your Web Design Mom-Friendly

 

Some designers receive a lot of criticisms from a lot of different people when designing a specific website.

Developers want them to make the site easier to code, sales wants them to focus on getting more guests and new customers, the marketing team wants them to pack in plenty of keywords so as to upgrade the SEO, as well as the trendiest social media tools to make the brand look “cool”. Lastly, the CEO of course, wants them to make it as cheap as possible.

With all of these groups demanding different directives, it somehow result to customers and guests getting lost in the shuffle. Sometimes the experience even become confusing, bloated, and in conflict with the optimum goal of the website.

Rather than constantly debating about how the website should look, it’s best to shut out these voices and focus more on the one person who can really help you base a design that’s full of purpose; and that would be Mom.

Why, you ask? It’s because Mom doesn’t care about the ROI of your website. Most Moms won’t even bother to look if you have the latest social apps embedded on your front page. Most of all, Mom doesn’t care whether it’s “easy” to code what it is you’re designing, because Mom only cares about one thing: using the website.

If it’s not easy enough for most elders and parents to use, well then, it’s really not much of a success. So the next time you design a website, your mantra should be focused on “What Would Mom Do”? Or simply, WWMD.

For most leading brands, Moms are the ideals persona to envision when designing the UI and UX of the webpage. Designing for Mom will help you cast away all the unnecessary clutter, and focus more on your brand’s goals, as well as the essence of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Mom doesn’t need any complexities for something to be useful. Mom wants things to be practical and easy to use. That’s how websites should function too.

The next time you need to design a functional and easy-to-use website, all you need to do is think of Mom. After all, just as the saying goes; Mother knows best.

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How to Efficiently Get Rid Of Web Bugs

 

Initially, your website will have to crawl before it could run smoothly, and with crawling webpage comes annoying bugs.

You may have already said these things upon browsing, or trying to repair an error on your own website: “This specific link doesn’t work” “This search is really buggy” “The send button doesn’t function well” “This fix over here broke that over there

The bottom line is: You’re going to have bugs in your website.

How you properly document and keep track of all of these stubborn bugs can go a long way in actually getting them repaired.

In the beginning, it just may be an Excel sheet and your core team, or (if you’re capable) a collaborative Google Doc. You may start out fine with this low-priced methods, but soon enough, you’ll surely be screaming when you have a 20 page Excel file on your hands that could end up looking something like this.

So, as your business continually grows, your bug squashing may grow wild too, lest you get yourself tied up in so much technical debt.

Luckily, there’s already a lot of sophisticated bug-tracking software out there that can guarantee that you’re squashing the right bugs at the right time, and aren’t wasting any valued hours by trying to get rid of a bug that doesn’t really affect your web guests/users.

There are four major aspects to remember when it comes to identifying which bugs deserve your developers’ precious energy and time to go after, and eventually get to kill them:

1. How many guests are being affected?

Does this only affect a few users or is anyone who sees your website? The more users are affected, the higher priority the bug should be.

2. How damaging to the user experience is this specific bug?

Does this bug only affect a small inconvenience of say, an extra click; or does it influence your customer’s ability to pay their purchase? (Reminder: if it inhibits customers to pay you their bills, then it really is a major and high risk bug) Knowing the difference is extremely crucial to triaging which bugs should you get rid of first.

3. How troublesome would this bug be to squash?

Is it touching a ton of other code that can start domino effects of chasing one fix after another, or is this a fairly isolated issue?

4. Is this specific feature about to get revamped?

Repairing a bug on a feature that’s about to go under some code surgery next month, is like giving a new hip to someone only has a few days to live. It’s only going to be a major waste of resources and your web developers’ valuable time. Always fix a bug when you make the overall feature better.

Think about these things the next time you encounter any annoying bugs on your website! For more information about getting rid of bugs on your site contact us at MLA Web Designs.

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