Simplifying Website Usability: The 3 Step Approach

By WebdesignerDepot Staff Posted May. 01, 2009 Reading time: Less than a minute

Simplicity is key to any successful website or web app.

If your site is too complicated, the user will have to go through too many hoops to find what they are looking for and won’t even bother trying it out.

The Jackson 5 got it right back in the 70’s when they sang “easy as 123”.

A simple and effective approach is to break down your services, signups and checkouts into 3 easy steps. This will improve usability, increase sales, signups and conversion rates.

In this article, we’ll take a look at 20 great examples of the 3 step approach for effective website usability.

 

1. Banner Snack

Banner Snack

 

2. Big Filebox

Big Filebox

 

3. Stack Magazines

Stack

 

4. Posterous

Posterous

 

5. Statement Stacker

Statement Stacker

 

6. Wufoo

Wufoo

 

7. Tender Support

Tender Support

 

8. Campaign Monitor

Campaign Monitor

 

9. Simple Spark

Simple Spark

 

10. CSS Rockstars

CSS Rockstars

 

11. The Choppr

Choppr

 

12. Scrap Blog

Scrap Blog

 

13. Food Feed

Food Feed

 

14. Product Planner

Product Planner

 

15. Crowd Spring

Crowd Spring

 

16. Name Birdie

Name Birdie

 

17. The Twitter Tag Project

Twitter Tag Project

 

18. Get Me Fast

Get Me Fast

 

19. TwitterFone

TwitterFone

 

20. TwittBot

TwittBot



Written exclusively for WDD by Lee Munroe, a freelance web designer and blogger. You can find more of his writing at his blog or follow Lee on Twitter.

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