Being a casual web surfer, I come across many irritating websites! I try my best to identify their errors and don’t repeat their mistakes. After all, it is my duty to provide my visitors with a pleasant experience on my Blog. So today, I would like to share with you a few things which can help you make your blog/website a little more User-Friendly.
Proper Navigation Options
Create proper Navigation options which can be used easily. Avoid using Drop down lists and other Complicated stuff which may confuse your Visitors. The general rule of thumb is that any page on your site should be reachable with 2 clicks from your home page. So, let all your pages be accessible easily.
Site Search Facility
For proper navigation, it is good to give your readers a chance to find whatever they want. Allow them to Search your website using a Site search option or a Custom Google search which indexes your entire website. This will help them find the Content of their choice easily without any hassles.
Administrator’s Contact Details
Your readers may face some problems while accessing your website, or it may happen that they want to tell you something. Many a times, your readers may give you some constructive criticism, some good suggestions or show you some small mistakes. It is good to have the Administrator‘s contact details on the Contact page of your website so that users can contact you easily.
Neat and Uncluttered Web-Design
Colors which you use for your Website design do matter a lot! It is not advised to use Bright colors for background. No one would like to visit a website which has Bright Bloody Red color as its background. Your content should me in a clearly visible font with proper size. Other elements should be arranges in an Uncluttered way and it should not appear that you are desperately trying to put all your information in one place. All independent information must be clearly differentiable.
Proper Categorization of Pages
Do not categorize your Web-pages in wrong or inappropriate categories. No one will like to search a “WordPress” related post in the “Blogging” category. It may happen that a visitor may have come to your website only because you write some particular articles very well. But if he is not able to find it in a particular category, he may not really bother to find it unless he is desperately needing it.
Adequate Bookmarking Options
In today’s world, people like to share what they find. They want to share Cool Articles on Social Bookmarking or Social Networking Websites. But, if you don’t have any option to share this articles, your readers may find it difficult. Remember, that if your readers don’t share your articles then it is indirectly your loss as you may lose some traffic.
Easy to use Comments Area
Your readers want to comment on your Articles. But Not if it takes a lot of time or if the process is complicated. Keeps the process simple! Have a minimum number of input fields possible. It may also happen that your readers want to ask you something related to your article, so they may comment on it. But if you don’t have a Comment Subscription facility, they wont get your replies unless they visit your article again. Keep in mind, that conversation between your readers is most important for the healthy growth of your website.
Appropriate linking to other Web-pages
It is being noticed that many Bloggers link their web-pages wrongly. Ask yourself, will you like if you are taken to some random website after searching for some particular keywords which are in no way related to it. It is irritating! I think even I may do this mistake, so I use “title” tags for my links. It gives me better SEO and helps my readers too.
Fast page loading
You must remember, that the easier you make the task for your readers, the happier they will be and more love you will get from them. Also, its not a very difficult thing to observe such small tips. So, help your readers and they will help you!