This week we've started experimenting with A/B tests on elements of our site design. The first results are coming in and show us some small but not insignificant improvements can be made. Spot the difference in our mega menu: We've been testing how many people visit the Undergraduate homepage from the mega menu - Google … Continue reading A/B testing the mega menu
As our new designs progress apace, we're looking for some willing subjects to help us test the website. We'll probably be trying a number of different techniques but essentially they involve trying out various things on the website and give us your feedback. So if you're a student, member of staff, or even just have … Continue reading Help test our website
This week I bought a new mobile phone and moved networks to Vodafone. I signed up for access to view bills online but 24 hours later when I tried to log back in I couldn't for the life of me remember what username I'd chosen. I tried all my usual combinations of usernames and passwords, … Continue reading When is a username not a username?
The web guru Jackob Nielsen in a recent article is arguing that people should write articles and not quick blog posting entries, but he's actually focusing on business blogging if they want to make money. Blog postings will always be commodity content: there's a limit to the value you can provide with a short comment … Continue reading Write Articles, Not Blog Posting
I'm sure that I've been guilty of writing some slightly dodgy user interfaces in my time as a web developer but College Web Guy recently posted a link to a story about an application at Penn University that takes usability and design to a whole new level. The university have bought in a system called … Continue reading Over engineering web applications