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Usability: Free Educational Resources, Articles and Services

Usability: Free Educational Resources, Articles and Services

When you are developing the concept for your new site, the first vital thing you should do is to make maximum efforts in improving the usability. Even the most beautiful and stylish design cannot compensate the shortcomings and problems that will appear with non- user-friendly site, especially if your site is not just a blog, but a commercial project, where you provide any services. You’d better make sure that your visitors are not confused with your site and after visiting it once they’ll be pleased to do this again. In this post we would like to feature some Free Educational Resources, Articles and services that might help you to enhance the usability of your website.

Articles & Books

Usability 101: Introduction to Usability

This is the article to give to your boss or anyone else who doesn’t have much time, but needs to know the basic usability facts.
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Introduction to Good Usability by Peter Pixel

This guide is especially handy if you haven’t done a lot of webdesign yet or if you are involved in webdesign but don’t do any of the real work. I hope to shed some light on some common interface elements and mistakes people often make with them.
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Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines

The Guidelines were developed to assist those involved in the creation of Web sites to base their decisions on the most current and best available evidence. The Guidelines are particularly
relevant to the design of information-oriented sites, but can be applied across the wide spectrum of Web sites.
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Dive Into Accessibility

This book answers two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.
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A CRAP way to improve usability

In fact, visual design has an important impact on the usability of designs. Research shows that people believe that more attractive designs are easier to use than less attractive designs — even when they’re not. This is known in psychology as the aesthetic usability effect and in folklore more simply as, “first impressions count”.
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Why Don’t Usability Problems Get Fixed?

Why don’t usability problems get fixed? If we point out obvious usability problems and provide reasonable solutions for them, why doesn’t someone fix them? In this column, I’ll explore these questions and provide some tips to help ensure your recommendations get implemented.
Why Don't Usability Problems Get Fixed? in Usability: Free Educational Resources, Articles and Services

Usability and CSS3 Columns

In this article, we’re going to discuss the issue of columns, which have been introduced in CSS3. While considering the influence of print on web design, we’ll look at the issue of how usability can potentially be impacted by some potential uses of CSS columns.
sability and CSS3 Columns in Usability: Free Educational Resources, Articles and Services

Don’t Confuse Ability with Usability

Despite the visual and aural similarities between the words, ability and usability are not the same thing. In this post, we will examine the difference and consider why simply being able to do something in a website or application does not automatically result in a usable product or interface.
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Usability on Wikipedia

Resources and Services

Usability.gov

Usability.gov is a one-stop source for government web designers to learn how to make websites more usable, useful, and accessible. The site addresses a broad range of factors that go into web design and development.
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Usabilityfirst.com

Usabilityfirst.com provide valuable information about usability for anyone interested in the design of software or websites, from beginners to experts, in academia or in industry.
Usabilityfirst.com in Usability: Free Educational Resources, Articles and Services

Jakob Nielsen’s Website

About Jakob Nielsen
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Usabilitynet.org

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Usabilitytest.com

Web Page Analyzer

Try our free web site speed test to improve website performance. Enter a URL below to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. The script incorporates the latest best practices from Website Optimization Secrets, web page size guidelines and trends, and web site optimization techniques into its recommendations.
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ClickHeat – Clicks heatmap

ClickHeat is a visual heatmap of clicks on a HTML page, showing hot and cold click zones. ClickHeat is an OpenSource software, released under GPL licence, and free of charge.
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Usableworld.com.au

UsableWorld is a blog written by CEO and usability specialist James Breeze.
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Usability blog

UsabilityBlog is where Paul Sherman writes about usability, user-centered design, and the user experience. Contact Paul at paul-dot-sherman-at-usabilityblog-dot-com.
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Baymard Institute

Baymard Institute is a publishing group that conducts research on how to improve conversion and web usability. We released our first research study, E-Commerce Checkout Usability, on March 1st 2011. On this site we will be publishing a new article approximately every second week and we encourage you to participate in the discussion by posting your own comments.
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Usability Humor

Usability sucks

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Bad Usability

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