Web usability means making it easy for a website visitor to find the information they are looking for. From Wikipedia:
- Web usability is the ease of use of a web site. Some broad goals of usability are the presentation of information and choices in a clear and concise way, a lack of ambiguity and the placement of important items in appropriate areas.
Web usability means thinking about how links are laid out on the website, the general structure of the site, how content is presented within individual articles and thinking about how easy it is for someone to find what they are looking for and also provide them with additional information they could be interested in.
Some examples of making information more accessible on WikiIslam include Hub pages, the sitemap, Core articles, categories and navigational boxes like those found in the QHS series of articles. The search box is an additional tool that helps people find information.
One thing to keep in mind for improving usability is that established users of a website most likely always know how to find information since they are familiar with the website. Therefore Web usability should be improved keeping new users of the website in mind i.e. people who have arrived on the website for the first time.
The article 7 Best Practices for Improving Your Website's Usability mentions these 7 tips:
- Keep Content as Concise as Possible
- Use Headings to Break Up Long Articles
- Help Readers Scan Your Webpages Quickly
- Use Bulleted Lists (when possible or if applicable) and Text Formatting
- Give Text Blocks Sufficient Spacing
- Make Hyperlinked Text User-Friendly
- Use Visuals Strategically
- Myth #2: All pages should be accessible in 3 clicks - Refutes the notion that desired information should be available within 3 clicks