When you start up your new site you always want to make sure that it is user friendly. But how do you do that? Are there certain ways that you can check to make sure things work?
Of course there are. In this new world of technology there are more than enough methods for user testing website to make sure that it works correctly, that links are correct, etc. You don’t want to be the person who gets blacklisted from Google because you have a page that doesn’t work correctly right? Well read on for some tools that will help you test your site out before and after launch.
Check out CrazyEgg
This tool is interesting. When you open the page it initially starts off with “What’s making your visitors leave?” which is actually a great attention grabber. Instead of asking, how great is your site it immediately starts off by asking the question of the problem that you want to, and essentially need to solve. So you put in your URL and let it go to work.
It works like a weather map, showing all the hot and cold spots from the point of view of the users. It shows where people are clicking, how far they scroll, and where they come from. They want you to like the features so they offer a free 30 day trial. So now you can test it out and see how it works for you before buying it. For the paid version there are options that range from $9 to $99 per month.
Attensee Mimics Eye Movement
Like the first option, this one also is looking at how people move around on the site, what grabs their attention (hence the name). With this option it’s easy enough to make two different versions of your site to test out and then make the decision which one works better for you based on the data provided from the software. It too offers a “heat map” that shows where people are more likely to click.
They offer a free 14 day trial so that you can see if this one works better for you than another company. For $49 (the only option they have), you get unlimited tests and unlimited surveys, same day results, quick email support, and the ability to hire respondents for 50 cents each. This is a lot for not a lot of money. Plus this could be an investment in the future of your company. The better your site, the more likely people are to pay attention to the important things.
The Champagne – Morae
Of course there are also ones that will cost you significantly more for the service, but with that comes other services that are also amazing. This is one of the leading testing software on the market. At $1,995, it’s also pretty pricy too. However it does offer more than the cheaper versions of the software (however that does not make them inferior). It offers a screen recorder that can capture audio, video, on-screen activity, and keyboard/mouse input during the testing sessions. You can even watch what they are doing in real time during testing sessions and interact as well.
They also offer a free 30 day trial to a fully functional version of their software so that you can see exactly what you would be getting. The full price as shown above is $1,995. However as an educator ($1,495) or government ($1,695) you are eligible for a discount.
You have seen a few user testing programs, which there are others out there such as Userlytics Facebook (some for free), you’ll have to look them over to see exactly what you need and what you want. Regardless of which you choose however, your site can only benefit from the assistance.