Thursday, August 20, 2009

6 Essential tools to check your website Usability

Usability is a qualitative attribute that assesses how easy user interfaces are to use. More impotantly it shows the user behaviour who interact with your webpage first time.

In this post I'm sharing some very useful tools for webmasters to check website usability. Here's the following list:


Feng-GUI simulates human vision during the first 5 seconds of exposure to visuals, and creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts
what a real human would be most likely to look at.

This offers designers, advertisers and creatives, a Pre-testing technology that predicts performance of an image, by analyzing levels of attention, brand effectiveness and placement, as well as breaking down the Flow of Attention.


Five Second Test

A simple online usability test that helps you identify the most prominent elements of your user interfaces. A central test management screen helps organise and visualise your responses so you can get all the information you need at a glance.

Five Second Test


Loop11 is a web-based user-experience testing tool, allowing companies to conduct online, unmoderated user testing on any kind of digital interface. Loop11 is not a survey or web analytics tool, but a user experience tool… helping you to understand user behaviour.



CrazyEgg is simple - show the hotspots where users click on in a site. This information is not the same as popular pages; instead this is practical information about how and where people click on your site. More importantly, CrazyEgg's approach lets you understand the difference between where you want your users to click and where they are actually clicking.

Traditional site tracking tools offer you a ton of information, including:

:: Popular pages :: Entry pages :: Exit pages :: Came from :: Visitor Paths :: Visit Length



Clixpy is a web usability testing tool. It’s very easy to install, just by pasting a few lines of JavaScript code in your site’s HTML. When users browse your website Clixpy traces everything they do and then plays it for you, giving you the opportunity to extract any information you may need.



More than a Heat Maps ClickDensity is a full usability toolkit. With a unique integrated A/B Test suite, you can trial and analyze improvements at the touch of a button. It takes minutes to set-up. From the second you see the reports, they just make sense. Complements your existing web analytics for an unbeatable analysis of visitor trends.


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Dave Sparks said...

Hi Rakeesh, thanks for the round up, does anyone have any experience using any of these? Any idea how effective they are?

Rakesh Sharma said...

Thanks Dave Sparks for leaving a nice feedback.

Lincoln Plumber said...

Hey, geat post. It is so true about the 5 second rule though. We are such an impatient lot online - always wanting everything straightaway!

seo consultants said...

Thanks for sharing. awesome tools for sharing web usability. I was thinking of to use Crazzy Egg. But was looking for better options now you have shared a list, that will surely help me out.

Amanda McNeill said...

Good recommendations. You may like this article from Website Magazine that reviews usability tools

I am affiliated with but the article covers several others (including some mentioned here).


Bangalore Forex said...

Testing the usability of your site is one of the smartest things you can do. Usability involves making a website’s interface easier to use and simpler to understand, so that the user’s experience is as enjoyable as possible.Very helpful post. It is a very important aspect of web development process but due to less budget or knowledge people ignore the usability.

Manuel said...

WOW! I never knew such tools even existed. Just Thanks :-)

PS: You may also want to review Tynt. I think it is pretty neat and useful tool for genuine bloggers. What do you think?

Jacob said...

One more to add to the list - - very useful for getting quick feedback from your users, and very easy to set up.

I've played with five second test as well - very useful at what it does.

I haven't heard so many good things about Feng Gui, what was your experience with it?

Thanks for the post.

Jade said...

You can add these tools to the list to..they are very useful...


heatmap said...

It’s great to see a piece that puts everything in simple terms so that even the biggest technophobe can begin to understand how people are landing on their site and how long they are staying.

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