Usability and UX: Diving In-depth

We define Usability as the ease of access and/or use of products or websites. Although usability and experience design (UX design) were once used interchangeably, we must understand that usability provides an essential contribution to UX. But, it does not mean that it accurately measures the whole experience and usability of the product. 

To be able to call a product “usable,” it should be easy for the user to become familiar with and competent in using the user interface on the first contact with the website. It should also be more comfortable for users to achieve their objectives by using the site. If a user has the target of booking a flight, a good designer will guide the user through the easiest process to purchase that ticket.

We can measure usability throughout the development process, from wireframes to prototypes, up to the final deliverable. Testing can be done with paper and pencil but also remotely when we have higher – fidelity prototypes. We have to consider the user at all points when determining usability. If our designs are to be “usable,” they have to pass the “TEST” with a minimum number of criteria, and it should always conform to standards. For a website, it would be easier to explore how the design ranks when placed alongside the competitors. 

The following are the web development and design considerations for usability. 

  • Server

There are two significant factors to consider when selecting servers since it is used to host websites. 

  • Speed

The loading speed is a Search Engine Optimization concern since this is how Google ranks by usability. A site that is slow to load and respond turns users off. The server’s speed of loading and responding depends on their capacity, specialization, etc. But it is not just servers that affect the rate of the page–the web designer has a lot of influence over this situation in the way he/she serves graphics, images, etc.

  • Downtime

During this period, a website is completely inaccessible. It is quite fair to say that most sites will experience the occasional moment of downtime when a server fails offline or crashes. However, choosing a reliable server enables the delivery of a better user experience.

  • HTML

Focus the HTML you’re using a better user experience. Up until today, only mobile websites benefit from user experience ranking from Google, and it’s probably fair to say that in the future, this will also be true on all platforms.

Some critical considerations for your HTML include the using of ALT tags, which we use in conjunction with images. The “404 Not Found Page,” which are when broken links happen. And also this default page helps redirect the users to a better experience while they fix their website. Visual factors also have an impact on the overall user experience where usually, the designer has full control of. The designer must pay careful attention to the Font size and color, Branding, Layout Colors, Navigation, content, headings, and paragraphs. These are basically the “basis” of a usable product with an excellent user experience. 

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