After all of your hard work on designing your website, you want that investment to pay off. But how can you be sure your website is going to work for you? You can hire some beta testers, or get some willing IT friends to assist, but you can bank on bias in their analysis. Who wants to tell their best bud that the $1,000 they just spent on building a website was a complete waste and that the site stinks? Enter the world of wacky web design reviewers. From drunken dudes to someone’s mom, there are people who have made it their business reviewing websites.
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The User is Drunk
First up we have Richard Littauer, a UX pro, web developer, linguist, nomad, poet, sailor, and all around drunken dude. Using his skills you can submit your website to a design testing service aptly titled The User Is Drunk. For a fee of $250 you can hire Richard to take a drunken stab at your design. After imbibing in a lot of beer Richard will give your website a professional spin, testing out the functionality, and more importantly, the UX.
Also known as user experience design, UX encompasses how well your web design actually works for, you know, human users. Since you are most likely, with the rare exception of odd sites dedicated to extraterrestrials, going to have a live person checking out your site. What better way to test out the total user experience, while finding ways to enhance it, than having a UX professional do a scan?
Keep in mind you don’t have to get Richard drunk in order for him to test your web design. He will work soberly just as easily as he will drunk. Want Richard to consume your preferred alcohol beverage? Do you stick to the classics like a Jack and Coke or vodka on the rocks? Or do you want to match the drink to your design theme, a shout out to Coco Locos that would make testing vacation or travel sites more festive? Richard will drink whatever you want—for an added fee, of course.
Worried that you’re dealing with a sot? Richard limits his drunken design reviews to once or twice weekly, which means you may have to wait a while to get your site reviewed. His liver needs time to recover and, as it turns out, loads of web developers and owners want to get their site reviewed by a drunken dude, too. Furthermore, Richard does this in his spare time, when he’s not at his full time job creating sites like Wordhoard Press, Keep It Public, and the Litt Review.
A More Homely Approach to UX Review
OK, ok, ok, we understand. Some people have a problem with drinking and despise dealing with drunks, and we get that. As a result, another UX review site on par with The User Is Drunk has recently popped up. The User Is My Mom is operated by a web developer named Scotty who is a friend of Richard’s. Scotty, the uber entrepreneur, is expanding his UX review opportunities by getting his, wait for it, wait for it, mom involved. That’s right, you can hire Scotty’s mom, sober and in her senior years, to review your website design. In fact, if your own mom is looking for a side job and interested in chewing on UX design, you can get your mom a job with Scotty’s mom.
Whereas Scotty is a UX professional, his dearest mother is so far from it. And that’s why it works! If you want to get a user’s true blue opinion of your website, why not hire someone to review it who has zero understanding of the web? Here’s where The User Is My Mom plays top fiddle. For starters, she’s not your friend or personal family member, so you don’t have to worry about her hurting your feelings. In fact, Scotty’s mom is all about the tough love approach and she’ll give it to you straight up.
Want to know what it’s like to have a mom review your web design? All of her screencasts of design reviews are publicly posted on YouTube, so you can get a feel of what to expect before hiring her to do your own review. Her process is straight-forward, with her using your website to see how well it goes for her. This is perfect since she represents that category of users who are not web design professionals, or even very good at navigating the web. That’s right, Scotty’s mom “yells at her computer, doesn’t know what a twitter is, and struggles to find windows she’s minimized.” In other words, she is the typical web user who is most likely to stumble upon your website in real life. “And for the record, no, she will not be drunk. Probably.”
Other Notable Mentions for Online Design Testing
As an online business you can keep with the flow of things by hiring someone online to test your design. But please, steer clear of Craigslist. There are actual online companies that will do a much better, and secure, job. UserTesting provides live testing of sites including TurboTax, Flipboard, and Zillow. If you want to dabble a bit in UX testing sign up for the individual solution that provides videos of users testing out your site. For enterprise customers who want to carry testing to the next level via quantitative metrics and the option to choose your users, you’ll be on par with other customers like Facebook and Walmart, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny.
Loop11 provides online user testing, but digs in deep to the script of your pages. You’ll need to have some advanced design experience, so this site is most adapted for UX pros and IT techies. However, Loop11 claims to make the process as painless as possible, and you can use it to test a website written in other languages.
Whether you want to deal with drunk dudes, somebody’s mom, or online web design reviewers, there’s something for everyone when it comes to online web design reviews. So no excuses. Get your UX checked and make sure your site is satisfactory!