Since I just updated the design of the site, I start thinking whether this new design is better. But realising there so many different aspect of site that we need to look at in order to measure the quality.
Then I found 50 Questions to Evaluate the Quality of Your Website by Carsten Cumbrowski from my starred item in google reader. It covers a wide range of areas including accessibility, design, navigation and more.
A sample of questions includes:
- Is content structurally separate from navigational elements?
- Are links labeled with anchor text that provides a clear indication of where they lead?
- Do clickable items stylistically indicate that they are clickable?
- How intuitive is it to navigate? Are signs obvious or obscured? Buttons/Links Like Text, that are not clickable and vice versa, links/buttons that cannot be identified as such
- Clear statement of PURPOSE of the site? Purpose must become clear within a few seconds without reading much or no text copy at all.
- Are the colors used harmonious and logically related?
- The fonts should be easily readable, and degrade gracefully.- Should look OK on various screen resolutions.
- Does the copywriting style suit the website’s purpose and ’speak’ to its target audience?
Although the list isn’t particularly targeting developers / designer, I think it is still a very useful list to reference if you are running your own site. If you can answer YES on most of the questions, you have done a great job. For me there are still a lot of work to do here…