After months of user testing and research, the most in-depth usability study on how to best design and structure your e-commerce homepage and category navigation is ready.
We’ve tested how users navigate and find products on 19 of the leading e-commerce sites and boiled the research findings down to 79 actionable guidelines that will improve the usability of your homepage and product categories.
“It's a fantastic, fantastic study. Good stuff, guys!”
Vitaly Friedman, Editor in Chief of Smashing Magazine
“Baymard helps us help our customers find the products they are looking for.”
Paul Irvine, Web Services Manager at Imagination Technologies
Product finding is key to any e-commerce business – after all, in order to buy a product your customers must be able to find the product first.
This original usability study focuses on how users navigate, find and select products on e-commerce sites. A group of users age 21-56 were recruited to test 19 of the leading e-commerce websites across 8 different verticals (mass merchants, apparel, electronics, jewelry, home decoration, toys & gifts, specialty equipment, and health & drugs). The tested pages and design elements include the homepage, category navigation, sub-categories, and product lists.
Throughout the test sessions, the subjects would repeatedly abandon sites because they were unable to find the products they were looking for. Indeed, the subjects encountered 900+ usability-related issues, and this is despite testing multi-million-dollar sites. All of these usability issues have been distilled into 79 concise usability guidelines that will help you design a user-friendly homepage and category structure so your customers can find the products they’re looking for.
“A great report with many important findings and insights. A must-read for every web design professional.”
Jan Jursa, curator of IATV and the MobX Conference
“Does your #ecommerce site suffer from the usability problems Baymard Institute's study uncovered?”
SAP Retail (via Twitter)
Based on the findings from the research study we’ve benchmarked the homepage, menus, category structure, sub-category pages and product list, of the top 50 grossing e-commerce sites in the US. This provides you with a comprehensive benchmark database with 240 pages reviewed, 790 screenshots, and 1,800+ examples of the 79 usability guidelines.
The benchmark database is fully integrated with the report and comes bundled as part of the purchase, providing you with 50 case studies from the top e-commerce sites, acting as examples and inspiration on how to implement each of the 79 guidelines in the report.
Furthermore the benchmark database provides a tool for you to review your own (or your clients’) site and compare it directly against the top 50 e-commerce sites.
“All you need to know about navigation & categories for a successful e-commerce website.”
Experience Solutions (via Twitter)
|eConsultancy E-Commerce Best Practice||Baymard Institute E-Commerce Homepage & Category Usability||Nielsen Norman Group E-Commerce User Experience|
|Pages:||99 pages||348 pages||2,140 pages|
|Guidelines:||-||79 guidelines||874 guidelines|
|Source:||Author’s thoughts||User testing||User testing|
|Benchmark:||No||Yes, 50 sites reviewed||No|
|Review tool:||No||Yes, interactive review tool||No|
|Refund:||No||Yes, 14 days full refund||No|
“We recommend it, especially if you plan on re-developing your website – and you want to make sure your web company is doing something near best practice.”
Richard Keeves, President of Western Australian Internet Association
Get your copy of this report instantly delivered as a PDF file for $150, and start improving your homepage and category design today at just $1.9 per actionable guideline.
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“A great report with many important findings and insights. A must-read for every web design professional.” References: Homepage & Category Research