Why "Your" Website Sucks

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December 04, 2015

Why "Your" Website Sucks

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Lisa

December 04, 2015
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  1. Why Your* (Library) Website Sucks Lisa Rabey h7p://lisa.rabey.net December 4,

    2015 *general “you”
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  3. TOP 5 7 REASONS YOUR WEBSITE SUCKS

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  5. IT’S NOT DESIGNED FOR THE END USER

  6. •  Accessibility •  e.g. Those who are visually impaired cannot

    navigate your site with assisNve technologies (screen readers, speech recogniNon) •  It assumes all users are not visually or hearing impaired •  Too many cooks in the kitchen •  Development is dictated by those who have an idea on how the site should work/ look as opposed to how the user engages with the site •  It does not remember those who have already visited the site •  Cookies, and other technologies, can be deployed to remember if you’ve been to that site or not. •  e.g Sites that conNnually use popups to remind you to sign up for this, sign up for that even though you have visited the site a million Nmes •  No contact informaNon, address, or hours •  Lack of navigaNon bar •  Branding and design is inconsistent with the rest of the site •  Your site is not responsive or mobilized •  URLs do not tell the user what site/page they are on •  The landing page is too long •  Does not uNlize breadcrumbs
  7. IT CONTAINS A CAROUSEL* *HTTP://SHOULDIUSEACAROUSEL.COM/

  8. •  AutomaNc image sliders, or carousels, are the pox on

    those who uses it •  AutomaNc image sliders are typically placed on the front page with “important” images/content that rotates in a single space •  Roughly 1% of users click on one of those features •  It poorly represents content on the page •  Carousels do not meet accessibility requirements
  9. YOU USE FLASH

  10. •  Flash is not supported on (most) mobile devices – 

    As of October 2014, 64% of Americans own a smartphone and as of January 2014, 42% of Americans own a tablet* •  Using Flash means you’re losing over 50% of your web traffic •  Flash is not indexed by Google •  It is more expensive to develop •  It is a proprietary so`ware, owned by Adobe, which means your end users will have to use a plugin to view the content •  Flash is dead, long live Flash *h7p://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/mobile-technology-fact-sheet/
  11. IT’S TOO BUSY

  12. •  Content is slap dashed across the landing page • 

    Content is repeated •  Inconsistent font sizes and colors •  It’s too distracNng •  Content and imagery are in compeNNon with each other •  Not enough white space –  White space (negaNve space) is space that is unmarked by content or images
  13. IT’S NOT CURRENT

  14. •  Content is outdated and irrelevant •  Social media content

    is not/under uNlized •  Design is outmoded •  It’s not designed for modern browsers – Internet Explorer is dead. Long live Internet Explorer. •  It does not use redirects – Clicking on an old link automaNcally takes you to the correct page rather giving you a 404
  15. IT’S NOT MOBILIZED OR RESPONSIVE

  16. •  Mobilized means the site can be viewed easily on

    a smartphone or tablet –  Remember, 64% of Americans have a smartphone and 42% of Americans have a tablet •  Responsive means the site will remain as designed when the browser is resized •  Mobile and responsive sites can adhere to accessibility standards •  Be careful of creaNng a mobile app (as opposed to making your website mobile) due to reasons above
  17. PDFS ARE USED INSTEAD OF PAGES TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION

  18. •  PDFs are a proprietary format (Again, Adobe) •  They

    cannot be mobilized or responsive •  Are not HTML subsNtutes •  This is not saNre: •  They cannot be indexed by search engines •  Content cannot be measured –  e.g. How users are accessing and using the informaNon •  They cannot be updated or reused without creaNng a new PDF
  19. It’s 2015. Why are you not thinking about your end

    users?
  20. Websites Evaluated •  Weil Cornell Medical College – h7p://library.med.cornell.edu/ •  Lane

    Medical Library, Stanford – h7ps://lane.stanford.edu/ •  Harvey Crushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library – h7p://library.medicine.yale.edu/
  21. Weill Cornell Medical College

  22. Good Points •  Branding is consistent with the medical college’s

    site and the library’s child pages •  Search box is easily found •  Contact informaNon is on the landing page •  A summary of the blog/news feed is on the landing page •  Library services are on the landing page •  It has a list of related links within the Cornell network
  23. Bad Point It does not adhere to accessibility standards

  24. Bad Point Lack of navigaNon bar

  25. Bad Point Too much informaNon

  26. Bad Point It uses a carousel

  27. Bad Point Mobilized But Not Responsive

  28. Lane Medical College

  29. Good Points •  Branding and design is consistent with the

    medical college •  Contact and locaNon are easily found on the landing page •  Search box is prominent •  News/blog is prominent on the landing page •  Quick access to popular materials
  30. Bad Point RepeNNon

  31. Bad Point How to find informaNon is buried

  32. Bad Point CollecNon/Archives Not Separated Out

  33. Bad Point Mobile But Not Responsive

  34. Bad Point It does not adhere to accessibility standards

  35. Yale Medical Library

  36. Good Points •  Single scroll •  Responsive and mobilized • 

    Contact informaNon/hours readily available on the landing page •  Search and navigaNon bars are easily available •  Links to Yale sites within their network •  Good use of white space •  InformaNon does not compete for a7enNon
  37. Bad Point Uses Google for search

  38. Bad Point Use of carousel

  39. Bad Point It does not adhere to accessibility standards

  40. Bad Point RepeNNon

  41. To Sum •  2 out of 3 sites used red/white

    as the main color choices –  Those with red-green color blindness see reds as yellow, oranges, or beige •  2 out of 3 sites scrolled beyond 1 page •  2 out of 3 sites had too much informaNon on the landing page •  1 out of 3 provided a library calendar •  Not enough white space •  InformaNon is disorganized •  No federated search •  Load Nmes varied: Cornell at 3 seconds, Stanford and Yale at 1.5 seconds, •  Social media is uNlized and current •  Use of PDFs to disseminate informaNon •  Use of carousels •  Flash was not used •  Sites rendered correctly in various browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) •  All three sites averaged 3-4 clicks to get informaNon. Users should be able to find informaNon within 1-2 clicks •  None of the sites uNlized breadcrumbs •  1 out of 3 uNlized SSL
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  43. HOW TO CHANGE LIBRARY USERS PERCEPTION OF YOUR WEBSITE

  44. CONDUCT USABILITY STUDIES

  45. MAKE YOUR SITE ACCESSIBLE

  46. UTILIZE WEB STANDARDS

  47. QUESTIONS?