Become a site usability guru with Usabilityhub

How does it work?I’ve been playing with fivesecondtest on Usabilityhub.com today, a free tool that allows web designers and site managers to test different design options free of charge. It’s a neat service; by signing up and taking a few tests you earn “karma points” that eventually allow you to commission your own test. Of course, if you want greater control and flexibility there are paid plans starting at US$20 per month.

I suggest every digital marketer has a 10 minute play with Usabilityhub. Simply by taking some tests you’ll learn a little about the way you navigate the web, as well as seeing the types of design challenges that other site managers face.

But here’s the key: before you finish each test, take a few seconds to think about why you responded the way you did, noticing where you clicked on the test page and how the site made you feel. You can learn a lot simply by analysing your own answers, and then applying what you discover to your own sites.

And with UI feedback available at low to zero cost, maybe you’ll pluck up the courage to test some of your own wilder design ideas in this safe environment, before implementing them on your live site.

About Allister Frost

I'm a marketer who helps companies adapt and grow in our digital world. This site is the place where I share my thoughts about marketing, how it's evolving and what great marketers are doing. Let me know what you think.

Posted on May 10, 2012, in Design, Digital Marketing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Become a site usability guru with Usabilityhub.

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