Choose the Right WordPress Theme, Cool vs. User-centered Design.

WordPress.com gives you hundred of the themes you can choose from.

I have spend a long time to pick a theme for my blog. Finally I have choose the theme Triton Lite because of its uniqueness.

But later on, I run into many usability issues myself,

1. the post display area violate the rule of proximity, it is very hard to identify which information is belong to which post, especially some post have photo and some post don’t.

2. The order of post is not very clear, should reader read from left to right or top to button first?

 

3. It takes too much of reader’s effort to scroll down and get to the sidebar area. At first it take me a long time to find the sidebar in the button.

It is our job to help every readers to create a better experience, and to keep their interest.

Thank you for the theme Fresh & Clean, the usability principles above has well utilize in this theme.

Choose the theme wisely, cool don’t mean user-centered.

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Author: eddyzhuo

Think about your day, seen like brake into two part: online -- offline. And then think about your time when you are shopping in the grocery stores, you will look what is better with a better price. Same thing apply to surfing online, we should be able to identify what is good and bad website, use good product that worthy your time, instead only being passive. Hello my name is Eddy, a master of computer graphics technology student in Purdue University. Let us use the web, think about it, discuss on it, and create a better and friendlier user experience WWW.

2 thoughts on “Choose the Right WordPress Theme, Cool vs. User-centered Design.”

  1. Good point, Eddy! There are many beautiful themes and they lure bloggers into picking them, so it’s really important to consider the user experience.

  2. Eddy, I visited your blog site before this new theme and honesty, like you said, I had a hard time identifying the relationships and chronological order of the posts (like what you mention in item 1 & 2). It was not the first time I saw that kind of layout but it just took me more time to figure things out before I can focus on one particular post. It’s great that you made usability observation/study on the older version and adopted a new one.

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