User experience is more important than ever. Search engines now factor in user experience and all aspects associated with it when ranking websites in search results. Users also have more options, so they are more likely to stick with the sites that offer a good user experience.
While user experience may seem like a complicated thing at first, there are actually some simple site improvements that can help take user experience to a higher level. We are going to take a closer look at some of those improvements in this article.
Faster Loading Site
Speed is an essential element of your users’ experience. The faster they can load your site, the smoother the user experience will be. It is a known fact that we have a shorter attention span when browsing the World Wide Web; 8 seconds to be exact.[Tweet “Any site that loads in more than 8 seconds will not present the best user experience.”]
Any site that loads in more than 8 seconds will not present the best user experience.
Fortunately, you can speed up your site by taking one (or both) of these steps. You can start by using a fast hosting services. Companies like BestWebHosting.co.uk are offering SSD-based cloud hosting to ensure site owners can enjoy the best speed and performance.
The second approach is by optimizing the site itself. There are a lot of ways to fine-tune if you want to have a website that loads quickly and performs well. Be sure to stay tuned for updates here on Native Commerce for more tips and tricks.
Consistent User Interface
Another important element of good user experience is consistency. We are talking about so much more than a consistent navigation menu. Websites have gotten so flexible; you can now design each page differently depending on the goals you want to achieve. Maintaining a consistent set of elements will help maintain a smooth user experience.
Placing a Popular Posts widget on the right side of the screen when users read articles on your site is a good example. You can still have a clean homepage without a sidebar, but make sure the same widget appears on every article page.
Add White Space
This last tip is even easier to implement: space every element on your page properly to instantly boost user experience. You will be surprised by how much better your site will look when there are white spaces between elements. You can also avoid making the site look cluttered once you start adding more elements to the page.
Proper spacing between text lines and paragraphs can help achieve the same result. Make sure you’re using a clear font — not a decorative one — and that the main text is large enough to read comfortably. A font size of 16 pixels or larger is ideal, along with 1.5 (or more) line-height and enough of a margin between paragraphs.
These are some of the simplest ways to boost user experience. Try the tips we talked about in this article and you will see an impact to your users’ time on site and other stats almost immediately.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I’ve accepted that I am where I am and it’s okay.
2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be mindful of my tolerance of others.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.
4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
I love peace and quiet and that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people. Read between the lines — noise gets me down.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my space, independence, family, friends and animals