Simple Pieces of Advice on the Usability of Websites
January 11, 2011
By Sibers Technical Analysis Specialist Tatyana Medvedeva
Long gone are the days when users were satisfied with a basic, working website. Users now need, not just the basics, but also a site that is convenient. Therefore, it is very important that you pay strong attention to your site’s usability, keeping in mind the user’s perspective. After all, even if you have a great design, if the information is not easy to acquire, the user will not return to the site.
So, how do you improve your website’s overall design to create the best possible user experience? Following these 10 simple tips can help accomplish this mission, and keep your users happy.
This list of recommendations is limited to the top 10 most common pieces of advice for site usability. More subtle issues are equally as important and can be discussed at a later time. That being said, if designers adhere to at least these basic points, visitors will enjoy their experience on your website and will appreciate the convenience of a user friendly platform.
Tips for Easy Email
The objective of all emails is to communicate. The writer needs the recipient to understand. So s/he should make it as easy as possible for the recipient to understand the message. The writer is writing the email, not the recipient, right? It is the writer's job to write it well, not the recipient's! But often the recipient has to spend a long time and work very hard to understand a message. (This is not just a question of language.) Basically, sending "bad" emails shows no respect for the recipient and is not polite. The writer does a little work and the recipient does a lot of work.
So here are 5 tips on sending emails the best way possible, and making life easier for everyone.
Tip 1. Subject, Cc: and Bcc:
When you write an email, at the top is a field called "Subject:". The subject tells recipients what your message is about, without reading the whole message. It also helps them organize their emails. Always include a subject, something meaningful like "My Order No. 12345 For Furniture" or "Homework Assignment: Present Perfect". Don't just write "Your Email" or "Letter". Subjects like those are not very helpful. Also, if you include a subject and the recipient replies by clicking on "Reply", your subject is automatically added to the reply (with the expression "Re:", which means "about").
Two more fields at the top of your email are "Cc:" (carbon copy) and "Bcc:" (blind carbon copy). Any email address you add to the Cc: box will receive a copy of the message, and the original person you are writing to (the To: field) will see the email address that you sent a copy to. Any email address you add to the Bcc: field will also receive a copy of the message, but this time the original person you are writing to will not see this. S/he will not even know that you sent a copy to someone.
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