Designing Web Usability

We are emerging from a lost decade of user interface design. From 1993 to 2002, the vast majority of new interface designs in the world were committed by people with no training in interaction design. The resulting productivity loss was staggering, especially on intranets. Public websites were often designed to be actively user-hostile and were dominated by self-serving messages and bloated fluff that made it very difficult for customers to finds the answers to their questions.

We may have won the battle to get usability accepted, but we have not won the billion skirmishes to make every single web page optimal for users’ needs. In every new design project, there is always the temptation of making things complex, introducing too many features, pouring on the bells and whistles, while spending more word count on the company’s own message than on answering customers’ questions. The guidelines in this book are as important as ever, because it’s not enough to believe in usability; you also have to implement it.

Turn Clicks Into Customers: Proven Marketing Techniques for Converting Online Traffic into Revenue

You’ve gone through all steps of developing a powerful business presence on the Web-—but it’s only the first step. Now, you have to make sure your visitors hit the “Purchase” button . . . before they start clicking through to your competitor’s site.

From Duane Forrester, a leading expert in Search Engine Optimization and the author of the popular How to Make Money With Your Blog, comes a highly practical guide for using all the online tools available for turning curious visitors into paying customers. Turn Clicks into Customers reveals proven techniques for not only standing out in a crowded marketplace but for reaching customers who are most eager to buy your products or services.

The Design of Sites: Patterns for Creating Winning Web Sites (2nd Edition)

The Design of SitesSecond Edition, is the definitive reference for the principles, patterns, methodologies, and best practices underlying exceptional Web design. If you are involved in the creation of dynamic Web sites, this book will give you all the necessary tools and techniques to create effortless end-user Web experiences, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve a balanced approach to Web design.

After a comprehensive tutorial covering the foundations of good Web site design, you will move on to discover the thirteen major Web design pattern groups. These patterns solve recurring design problems and help design teams avoid reinventing the wheel. Patterns range from creating a solid navigation framework and the all-important home page, to instilling trust and building credibility with your customers and improving site performance through better design.

Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability

Forms are everywhere on the web – for registration and communicating, for commerce and government. Good forms make for happier customers, better data, and reduced support costs. Bad forms fill your organization’s databases with inaccuracies and duplicates and can cause loss of potential consumers.

Designing good forms is trickier than people think. Jarrett and Gaffney come to the rescue with Designing Forms that Work, clearly explaining exactly how to design great forms for the web. Liberally illustrated with full-color examples, it guides readers on how to define requirements, how to write questions that users will understand and want to answer, and how to deal with instructions, progress indicators and errors.

Convert!: Designing Web Sites to Increase Traffic and Conversion

When web design expert Ben Hunt set out to quantify the difference between an ordinary web site and a great one, he expected to find the key in design simplicity. But when his team more than doubled the conversion rates for a wide range of sites, they identified simple yet powerful solutions involving design, copy, appropriate analysis, classic optimization techniques, and targeted testing. You’ll find the fixes easy to implement, and they’re all right here.

Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets

Remember when an optimized website was one that merely didn’t take all day to appear? Times have changed. Today, website optimization can spell the difference between enterprise success and failure, and it takes a lot more know-how to achieve success.

This book is a comprehensive guide to the tips, techniques, secrets, standards, and methods of website optimization. From increasing site traffic to maximizing leads, from revving up responsiveness to increasing navigability, from prospect retention to closing more sales, the world of 21st century website optimization is explored, exemplified and explained.

Website Optimization combines the disciplines of online marketing and site performance tuning to attain the competitive advantage necessary on today’s Web. You’ll learn how to improve your online marketing with effective paid and natural search engine visibility strategies, strengthened lead creation and conversion to sales methods, and gold-standard ad copywriting guidelines. Plus, your increased site speed, reduced download footprint, improved reliability, and improved navigability will work synergistically with those marketing methods to optimize your site’s total effectiveness.

Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results

Call to Action includes the information businesses need to know to achieve dramatic results from online efforts. Are you planning for top performance? Are you accurately evaluating that performance? Are you setting the best benchmarks for measuring success? How well are you communicating your value proposition? Are you structured for change? Can you achieve the momentum you need to get the results you want? If you have the desire and commitment to create phenomenal online results, then this book is your call to action.

Within these pages, New York Times best-selling authors Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg walk you through the five phases that comprise web site development, from the critical planning phase, through developing structure, momentum, and communication, to articulating value. Along the way, they offer advice and practical applications culled from their years of experience “in the trenches.”

Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works

Janice (Ginny) Redish has been helping clients and colleagues communicate clearly for more than 20 years. For the past ten years, her focus has been helping people create usable and useful web sites. A linguist by training, Ginny is passionate about understanding how people think, how people read, how people use web sites – and helping clients write web content that meets web users’ needs in the ways in which they work. Ginny loves to teach and mentor – and to practice what she preaches. She turns research into practical guidelines that her clients and students can apply immediately to their web sites. Ginny’s earlier books received rave reviews for being easy to read and easy to use, as well as comprehensive and full of great advice. She is co-author of two classic books on usability: * A Practical Guide to Usability Testing (with Joseph Dumas) * User and Task Analysis for Interface Design (with JoAnn Hackos) She is also the author of the section on writing on www.usability.gov. Ginny’s work and leadership in the usability and plain language communities have earned her numerous awards.

Advanced Web Metrics with Google Analytics

Want to implement and apply advanced web analytics techniques—without having to be an expert? Google insider and web metrics expert Brian Clifton helps you harness the full power of Google Analytics (GA) with this new edition of his bestselling book. This book shows you analytics that are advanced enough to give you all the crucial decision-making insights, yet simple enough to digest and quickly implement in a clever way.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran, you’ll soon be applying the very latest GA techniques, best practices, and some great hacks. From tracking social media to configuring data filters to interpreting results, start here and quickly improve your skills, your website, your brand, and your profits.

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day

Written by an in-the-trenches practitioner, this step-by-step guide shows you how to implement a successful Web analytics strategy. Web analytics expert Avinash Kaushik, in his thought-provoking style, debunks leading myths and leads you on a path to gaining actionable insights from your analytics efforts. Discover how to move beyond clickstream analysis, why qualitative data should be your focus, and more insights and techniques that will help you develop a customer-centric mindset without sacrificing your company’s bottom line.