We’ve all come across websites with amazing designs only to be frustrated because it was hard to find things or confusing to use. As a web designer or developer, how do you know if this is happening to your website?
Statistical applications such as Google Analytics can help, but that’s not enough. To gain greater insight, you should take the time to engage, interact and understand your audience.
Designing an informational/content-centered website (such as a portfolio or a blog) is much easier than designing a website where we have to deal with registered users. The target of websites that enable user accounts (such as Amazon.com or Gmail, for example) is to not only highlight their featured items and services, but to also convert visitors to signed-up users.
Sites with user registration want to grab every visitor who goes their website. They list their website in every popular search engine, use advertising in other websites, work with bloggers to help promote their products, enlist the help of usability experts and go through great lengths to get noticed.
All the effort is for a single desired action, which is user registration.
Rich-Text Editors, inline content editors, WYSIWYG editors – or whatever you want to call them – are web applications that enable users to enter, edit and manipulate alphanumeric characters while visiting your website. Wherever you have a
<textarea> form input on your site, chances are good that its usability could be improved with a Rich-Text Editor.
For example, your comment form is a great place to provide users with the ability to customize their responses with a few clicks of the mouse. RTEs help your visitors format and edit their web-based content by transforming an ordinary input field into a fully functional HTML editor.