January 2010

Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices.

Progress trackers are designed to help users through a multi-step process and it is vital that such trackers be well designed in order to keep users informed about what section they are currently on, what section they have completed, and what tasks remain. SmashingMagazine looks at various uses of progress trackers and see how they’ve been implemented, what they are doing well, and what they are not doing well.

Usability Study: Shopping for bedsheets…how hard could it be?

Online shopping is a great way to economize and reduce the stress of shopping, but shopping online for certain types of products can be harder than shopping in person. Recently, SmashingMagazine looked at how well major online retailers (Macy’s, Target and Overstock.com) facilitate shopping for a deceptively complex, though very common, item: a set of 300-thread-count, white cotton sheets for a queen-sized bed.

December 2009

Eight tips for Account Registration.

A couple years ago GetElastic signed up for accounts at 87 of the top online retailer sites. She figured it was high time we revisited this topic, since most eCommerce sites use account registration and every sign up process she’s seen has at least one area it can improve on.

Principles of Effective Search in eCommerce design.

While product findability is a key factor of success in eCommerce, it is predominantly enabled by simple search alone. And while simple search usually doesn’t fulfill complex needs among users, website developers and owners still regard advanced search as just another boring to-do item during development. In this article, SmashingMagazine will review how to build an interface that offers users the power of advanced search while preserving the clarity of simple search.

November 2009

Quickly boost your eCommerce website efficiency.

While maintaining and optimizing an eCommerce website may be quite the assignment, taking little steps in the right direction will greatly help the overall improvement. Begin with small improvements you can tackle quickly. Then move on to more complex tasks that may require extra effort. Slowly, but surely, you will fine tune your website into an outstanding website. ShayHowe suggests ten quick eCommerce tips to get you on your way.

22 eCommerce platforms to sell your products online.

So you are looking to sell some products on the Internet and you don’t know where to start? Then this article at DesignerDaily is for you, but also for designers looking for the best solution to offer their clients.

Excellent eCommerce User Interface designs.

While user experience is important on all types of websites, it is especially critical for eCommerce websites where visitors will be making purchases. A poor user experience will result in visitors having difficulty finding what they want, frustration during shopping, and many lost sales. VandelayDesign showcases 35 examples of excellent eCommerce User Interface designs.

How to set up an eCommerce site using PayPal to process.

Want to set up your own online store instead of dealing with eBay? There’s an easy way to get started that uses PayPal as a credit card processor, allowing you put together a simple store without major monthly commitments. ArsTechnica shows you how.

The biggest eCommerce lies, and how to avoid them.

BoagWorld is amazed at some of the advice he reads about building successful eCommerce sites. He seriously wonders who writes this stuff! In this post he debunks five common myths.

15 common mistakes in eCommerce design.

There are tons of mistakes that online retailers make every day, all of them avoidable with a little careful planning. And even if you’re already committing some of these mistakes, most of them are easy enough to fix. Avoiding them will greatly improve the experience of your customers. Read more at SmashingMagazine.