Prior to reading Jakob Nielsen’s Usability and the Top 10 Design Web Mistakes, I had similar ideas to what makes sites User-Friendly and what makes sites completely unbearable for online users. After reading his excerpt, I took what he said into consideration whenever I searched websites. The first website that I would definitely call User-Friendly would be http://www.nailpro.com/. This site first offers a search engine that makes it easy to search for something that you want to see right away, rather than searching through the whole page.According to Jakob Nielsen, “Search is the most important way users discover websites. Search is also one of the most important ways users find their way around individual websites.” Secondly, there is a variety of pictures and not blocks of words that will confuse the reader. Again Nielsen tells us that “A wall of text is deadly for an interactive experience. Intimidating. Boring. Painful to read.” It’s a very equal combination of words and pictures that will not automatically give the user a headache. They also have separate tabs, subheads, and everything is well-organized. When links on the site are clicked, the colors are changed as well. This site makes it extremely easy for a user to find exactly what they are looking for.
The foodnetwork.com is also a user friendly site. It includes a search engine, which I consider one of the most important things on a site because it allows for the user to search for what they want in a reasonable time frame.There are separations of tabs, subheads, headings, and links that change color when they are clicked on. The page has a large amount of space and pictures that are not only consumed with words. It is very inviting for outside users.“A wall of text is deadly for an interactive experience. Intimidating. Boring. Painful to read,” according to Nielsen. With this site, they did the opposite of the “boring, intimidating, painful to read site.
A non user-friendly website would be http://www.rainbowshops.com. Fortunately Rainbow is a clothing store, that is very successful. Although the website is not clustered with words,it doesn’t have enough available to provide what people may need to know. Their links are within their text, but there is no contrast to show that they are links.Jakob Nielsen tells us that “When visited links don’t change color, users exhibit more navigational disorientation in usability testing and unintentionally revisit the same pages repeatedly.” This can make searching and visiting a site annoying and less enjoyable.There is also no search engine site provided for one to go look up information quickly if they weren’t interested in carefully scrolling through the site.“Search is the most important way users discover websites. Search is also one of the most important ways users find their way around individual websites.” Because there isn’t a search engine available, it makes searching and exploring a taunting experience.
Another non user-friendly website is http://www.foresitetech.com/. This site is basically a synopsis on web development. It has a search engine and different tabs, however, a big thing that people look for is graphics on a website. This website has a lot of notes written throughout the whole site. It is too much for a user to read. It will make them uninterested in what the site is about, or they may even miss the point. The links that are within the text is also looks like its the same as the text, so there is really no contrast. It would not be easy for someone to tell that there are click-able links.