Two Types of Web Users
There are two types of Internet users; browsers and searchers. Browsers are people with some spare time and who are just ‘browsing around’. Searchers, on the other hand, are people with a specific goal and who are looking for something in particular. They’re probably in a hurry. Your Web site has to cater for both types of users.
As web professionals, we’re always looking for ways to improve our knowledge and skills.
Tips, tricks and checklists are often one of the most underused yet potentially useful models of providing great, quick and easy to follow pieces of useful information. You may or may not know some of the tips below — and you may or may not agree with everything listed — but hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own sites or motivate you to create a checklist to help cover your bases. Perhaps a few items may even inspire you investigating a subject further, and that would be pretty awesome too.
This is the first part of a 2-part series. In this first part, we will cover planning, content creation, and design elements. Two types of Web users:
Web Searchers-If there’s no simple logical structure to follow, searchers will often head straight for a search form when they visit a new Web site. They expect the site’s search engine to help them find exactly what they are looking for with minimum waste of time and effort.
Real World Example of a Searcher- Have you ever gone shopping, knowing in advance what you wanted to buy? When you walk into the shop, you do a quick scan, and if you can’t immediately see what you’re looking for, you ask the nearest assistant where the product you’re looking to buy is located. You just did a search of the store. In the case of the store, the store assistant was the “search engine.”Whether you are a browser or a searcher, you will eventually leave a store if you can’t find anything of interest or what you’re looking for. This is also true on the Web. So you must help your site visitors find what they are looking for with minimum frustration.
Web Browsers-Browsers usually browse the contents of a site using the links available. When users browse, they usually aren’t looking for anything specific, but are open to something that catches their interest.
A Real World Example of a Browser- People often browse when they go shopping, especially for non-essential items such as clothing, or luxury goods
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