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7 Common Issues That Hinder an Online User Experience

7 Common Issues That Hinder an Online User Experience

Having a website in the modern age can be rewarding as long as it is operated in the right way. Any website that doesn’t conform could find itself gathering virtual dust within the online sphere.

It is believed that mobile-connected devices will account for 68 percent of all Internet traffic by 2017. While these kinds of numbers can be exciting for webmasters, websites that fail to offer the best possible user experience online will often fall by the wayside.

In order to ensure the best possible user experience and a seamless conversion process, ensure that your site isn’t making these 7 user experience mistakes.

1. Lack of Social Sign-Up and Logins

The filling in of registration forms is something that many try to avoid online, simply because the task can be monotonous at best. However, as social networking continues to gain more traction in the online world, so do the features it offers.

Having the option to log in or sign up via a social network ensures that you provide a seamless experience for users to get started and view the content, which eventually, can lead to an increase in subscribers and customers.

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Solution: If running a community or a subscription based website, ensure to implement social sign-ups and log-ins that don’t require users to fill in a lengthy contact form, and avoids email verifications.

2. Poor Navigation and Hidden Pages

The lack of clean and simple navigation can quickly ruin the experience that users have with the site. Usually, visitors wouldn’t be willing to make more than 3-4 clicks to get to the desired page.

Unless the website is over 10,000 pages, webmasters & designers need to ensure that all pages are properly structured and categorised under relevant “parent” pages.

Solution: Use a clear menu structure with top-level pages and sub-pages. Categorise the pages that you wish users to navigate to in a proper manner. As an example, list your services pages under the main “Services” or “What we Offer” page.

3. Not optimised for mobile

Although the Internet has evolved, that doesn’t mean that every website adapts to a mobile & tablet screens. According to Marketing Land, mobile traffic accounts for more than 50% of all the traffic. Those who have not updated their website will find that their users have less-than-stellar experience when navigating the site, often having to pinch in and out screen, zoom in and out, and use awkward button placements to find their way around the website.

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Mobile users who are not able to navigate a site that is not responsive will often look elsewhere, which can be detrimental to your sales turnover.

Solution: Ensure to invest into a mobile and tablet versions of the site. If using WordPress, this just comes down to choosing the right responsive theme that will automatically adjust to the screen size.

4. Excessive Pop-ups

Although the vast majority of people have developed an immunity against pop-ups, some of us still feel frustrated when there is an excessive number of pop-ups asking to sign-up for the email updates with a tiny grey text saying “No, I don’t want to”.

Yes, pop-ups are an effective way to increase your email database and encourage social sharing, as long as this strategy is not overused to the point when people get frustrated and annoyed with the site.

Solution:

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  • Don’t place multiple pop-ups on a single web page.
  • Make sure that your pop-ups are relevant. For example, you wouldn’t want to show an email sign-up to a person who has already signed up.
  • Ensure that those pop-ups are easy to close.

5. Complicated Contact Forms

Almost every website uses contact forms, whether it’s as simple “contact us” or a transactional form. One of the most common issues that sites make is to do with lengthy forms & unnecessary fields. Far too often, websites add irrelevant fields when trying to get as much information as possible in one go. Who would want to fill in a 10-minute contact form just to get in touch? Yes, no one, especially if you are on a mobile.

Solution: Keep the form fields to a minimum, and only ask for the relevant information. What would people think when your site is asking for their address just to receive a quote? Yes, that you would probably post a bunch of annoying leaflets.

6. Poorly Written Content

Poorly written content has been a bugbear of the online world in the past. During the early days of the Internet, it wasn’t unusual to enter a search term and be greeted with a series of online sites that offered nothing but a series of ads.

In a bid to contend with the poorly-written content, Google introduced a number of algorithm updates that looked to ensure that any content being presented to an online audience was informative and relevant.

As such, websites had to ensure that content matched that of the keywords being searched. If it didn’t, it would simply fall down the results page. As such, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that any content being produced for your website is written professionally as well as being informative.

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Solution: Ensure that your provide a regular stream of top notch quality content that is targeted to provide accurate and useful information to the user.

7. Online Users Who Are Kept Waiting

While it’s not always the fault of the webmaster, any servers that struggle with the downloading of information will often affect the user experience, normally meaning that they will abort the action they were trying to perform, which could be an all-important sign-up, or a potential customer.

Furthermore, users would not normally wait for more than 4 seconds for the site to load. Hence, if your site speed is greater than 4 seconds, users are very likely to leave the site.

Solution:

  • Choose a good hosting provider
  • Implement a CDN (Content Delivery Network)
  • Minify and Combine CSS & Javascript files
  • Install a good caching plugin
  • Optimise, compress and scale your images
  • Minimise DNS lookups

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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