Speakers: George Childs

  • George Childs: Usability Testing Workshop

    WordCamp Birmingham 2017Speaker: George Childs

    January 11, 2018 — “Q: What could be confusing about your website?
    A: You’ll know when you test it.

    Successful businesses budget thousands of dollars to improve and maintain the usability of their websites, but you can get the main benefit of that for free today. “”Easy to use”” is a key reason people choose your product, recommend it to friends, and come back. Websites that are easier to use generate more revenue, period.

    This session will give you a fresh pair of eyes, or rather, three fresh pairs of eyes as you test your own website on three first-time users.

    First, you’ll learn how to design and test for usability:
    Can you make something so intuitive that it feels easy to a first time user?

    Second, you’ll put it into practice by testing your website on other workshop participants, watching to see what confuses them.

    Finally, we come back together and discuss how to fix any problems you found.

    This session is for Usability beginners, but even UX professionals will benefit from the pool of free test users. A good time will be had by all.”

  • George Childs: Usability Testing Workshop – Make Your Site Better in 30 Minutes

    WordCamp Birmingham 2016Speaker: George Childs

    November 1, 2016 — Most WordPress users, developers and designers don’t have the money or time to test the usability of their website, so we will get it done together in this session. We will begin with a crash course in how to test, find, and fix the mistakes that confuse your visitors and keep them from being successful on your site. Then we will split up into pairs and you will test your own website on your workshop neighbors, and vice versa.

    This session is not about finding code bugs, it’s about finding human bugs. Most fixes are as easy as changing a few words, or the placement of a button. Simple improvements in usability can improve web traffic and profitability starting immediately.

    This session will benefit all WordPress users from beginning webmasters to hard core coders. If you build things for humans, this is for you.

    This session will be fun, interactive and fast, and save you thousands of dollars on hiring a professional tester and paying for test users.