My readers are telling me that the site is simple and easy to use. Here are some samples:
Jian Shuo Wang’s blog – SARS and life in China, including photos and interesting conversations. Nice simple design too. — kim gilmour
I found out your web site seriuos and well arranged ,simple but efficient.. — David
I am very happy to know that. Want to know the reason why this site is easy to use? Why the design is simple but effective? The answer is, I am interested in usability and has paid a lot of effort especially on usability of this site.
Added weekday to date
Under each title (in the headline of homepage or in any individual article), there is a date of the article. I changed the date from the format of “May 10, 2003 10:38 AM” to “Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:38 AM”. Note that weekday was added to the date.
People are more interested to see whether the entry is created today or yesterday – which is more easier to identify by weekday, instead of day of the month.
MORE NEWS to PREVIOUS HEADLINES
On the homepage, I changed the title of the second section from MORE NEWS to PREVIOUS HEADLINES
The first action after a reader read the headlines is, I bet, to find out previous headlines. So the term “PREVIOUS HEADLINES” may reflects the task better.
Added “Other entries (complete list)”
In the PREVIOUS HEADLINES section, I list 5 most recent entries. There is a big usability problem with this design since people will get very confused in the following two situations:
1. The user are not interested in these 5 articles and want to read more
2. or the reader has visited the site 10 days before and interested in the headline, but now the headline is removed from both the current headline or the 5 previous headline. Where to find it?
So I added “?Read: Other entires (complete list)” and give the archive page more exposure.
Added “Last 20 comments”
Under the COMMENTS section, I listed 7 comments. But any list of recent entries, just like the previouew headlines section, needs a link that leads longer list. So people can find their comment even it is removed from the list on the homepage.