7 Tips to Creating a More Usable E-Commerce Site
Web development is complicated. In any project, there are a multitude of aspects to consider, from user experience to performance. Development of any enterprise website is a large-scale, complex process, but an e-Commerce site presents its own particular challenges. Since users will be coming to the site to learn about and purchase products, developers will want to do everything they can to make this process easy and intuitive. But alongside the considerations of usability, here are a few other aspects of an e-commerce website developer in Bangalore that developers will want to be sure to consider during the development process:
1. Call to Action & Sign-up Buttons
Avoid lengthy sign-up forms that can take a few pages or so before visitors can successfully register to your site. As an e-commerce site, you don’t actually need to know their address, phone number, what kind of work they do, etc. A simple email address and a password are just all you need. That being said, never underestimate call-to-action buttons as this help in building higher conversion rates and improving site usability. Make these call-to-action buttons stand out.
You need to think about the button size, color, font, wording and positioning. It needs to be very clear and in a color that will stand out from your website background. Moreover, local language should be taken into consideration, so use IP delivery to serve custom versions of your call-to-action button based on the customer’s location.
2. Buying Without the Need to Register
One thing online shoppers hate the most is the long and tedious sign-up process before finalizing a purchase. What if you go about allowing guest users to checkout products without the need to register, then ask them afterwards if they want to sign up, to make the next purchase on your site easier? This kind of method is known to increase sales (up to the tune of $300 million), improve customer retention, and reduce cart abandonment.
3. Search Function
Search functionality helps customers to find what they are looking for, making their shopping experience more satisfying than frustrating. Who would want to go from one page to another, read the description of every product you have in your online store, just to find what they are looking for these days?
This is highly recommended for an e-commerce web development services Bangalore that has a wide variety of products sold, and if it is added with category refinement, the search process can be even quicker, allowing buyers to find what they are looking for.
4. Breadcrumb Navigation
When placing orders, customers have to know where they stand in their purchase process – how many steps have they accomplished, and how many more to go. Without breadcrumb navigation, customers will easily get bored and think your shopping procedures take forever, making them more likely to just abandon their purchases, halfway through.
Moreover, using breadcrumb navigation will help customers to go back a previous step and edit any mistakes they have made rather than start over from scratch, or give up on the whole process altogether.
5. Shopping Cart
No e-commerce website is complete without proper content management and personal detail security. Shoppers should feel confident in buying products at your e-commerce site, so you need to assure them that your site is a reputable site that has features to protect the privacy of your customers. Get a trust certificate like Hacker Safe or VeriSign and an updated SSL certificate to build up customer trust and offer better shopping security in e-commerce development Bangalore.
6. Suggest Related Items
The way Amazon.com suggests related items, like batteries, accessories and peripheral products when a buyer is purchasing a laptop, not only help save the customer’s time but also helps increase revenue and customer retention on your e-commerce site.
7. Hidden Charges
Customers hate agreeing to the price of a product only to find out that it is going to cost them 2% more when it is time to share their credit card details. Make sure that you display prices, taxes, shipping charges, discounts early, so that buyers know the final sum they will be forking out.
If you present your customers with a lot of unexplained costs, they will more likely to abandon their purchase, and even worse, their trust in your site will be broken.