Web development is one of the fastest growing sectors across the nation. There are millions of concepts that are playing the significant role in providing the most innovative solutions to the world.
User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) are two of the most compelling concepts in the web development sector. They both are different concepts, but individually play a crucial role in designing and developing a web-based project.
However, most of the users, especially beginners get confuse between these two concepts. It may be due to harmonious nature of UI and UX, or most of the WordPress designers and developers have mastery in both the concepts. But the fact is that UI and UX are completely different from each other. You can also say that they are two ends of the same pole. In this blog post, we will try to understand their objectives, differences, and at last how they interrelate with each other.
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User Interface or UI is the technical concept that lets the user interact with the product or technology through the icons, buttons and control options. UI displays the UX elements that have been designed to deliver the enhanced and soothing interaction with your targeted visitors.
In simple words, it embraces the tools that we humans use to interact with machines. It promotes the approach that an individual uses to control and operate the computer. There are plenty of user interfaces such as physical icons, buttons, and onscreen buttons. Plus, it includes touch controls such as touch screens and audio controls like a voice command. However, there are some of the basic requirements of an enhanced UI:
The UI designer designs such product layouts that can effectively communicate the message to the users, without any hassle. They concentrate on creating highly-interactive components including icons, buttons, typography, and a lot more that allows users to interact with your site or machine, without any distractions.
User Experience or UX is also an important concept in the web design that defines how a user feels when he/she interacts with a site, web-based mobile app or desktop-based software. It encompasses the physical interaction – what they actually thing about the graphics, their behavior, their engagement with the site and the emotions they have while using a particular system. In other words, User experience represents the usability and accessibility of a site or an app.
The UX designers/developers who work on web projects focuses on providing the best user experience to their customers. They study and evaluate how users feel about a particular site or app. Then, they monitor multiple aspects of web design, which includes user-engagement, user-friendliness, easy and simple navigation system, utility and a lot more things within a web project.
Most of the modifications you have seen in the WordPress UI hit down on the back-end and mainly affect the admin area or dashboard. There are lots of things that have changed such as the commenting structure that affect the end users as well. Well, it will be interesting to know the brief history of WordPress UI and UX.
Note: WordPress has made many changes to enhance the UI for both the site owners (admin) and end users. These improvements had the objective of creating an enhanced UX while developing an effective and robust UI.
With the introduction of new and cutting-edge technologies, it becomes essential to take some steps to further improve the UI and UX of a WordPress site. We bring you the list of most important things that you need to consider in the near future.
Improvisation in web design is a must. Today, nobody wants to use shadows and 3D buttons for their websites. Instead of this, the Flat design is in fashion as it is intuitive and simple. It looks amazing on multiple mobile devices and platforms.
Instead of using gaudy things that chaos the screen, you should take a minimalist approach to design a site. It will improve the UI as well as UX of a WordPress site.
Scrolling will be more prevailing concepts in the WordPress designs. This is because more and more people making the use of mobile devices to browse or surf the site. Scrolling is a user-friendly way then clicking a button that can give a better user experience to the customers.
To an addition, scrolling is much more convenient and also improves the overall speed of a website.
Mobile will remain the king of the hill. We have already witnessed the advanced rendition of Windows being developed around mobile first. Google’s OS came from mobile systems. In order to convey the small screen messages, developers need to focus on large visuals instead of small text.
According to Google, you should develop a single underlying system that enables for a unified experience on multiple platforms and device sizes. Mobile actions are fundamental, but touch, voice, keyboard, and mouse are top-notch input methods.
The concepts will include:
Quick and easy navigation system is designed to allow users to navigate within a site, without any hassle. Touch targets will be 48*48 pixels. It will also support mouse free and advanced gesture navigation, so it will let you manage the focus of the end user with ease.
It will also use color to convey information, utilize a visual alternative to sound, and offer clues about special relationships.
With the help of background videos, you can convey the message more effectively to the end user. Therefore, the trend toward HD background visuals has increased. Website owners are making the use of dynamic backgrounds- videos, graphics or photos and this will continue. In fact, large size images and engaging videos is easier to see and easily consume on smaller screens such as mobile devices.
This trend will also outshine in the coming future.
There are many popular sites such as Pinterest, who are already following tiles and card trend. It looks beautiful and clean.
The trend of more motion and voice control will also witness a great popularity in web design.
Typography will become more visually appealing and customized that can go with individual brand-image. In fact, fonts will be selected based on image, style, mood, etc. The beautiful and captivating typography has the ability to uplift the user experience of your site, quickly and efficiently.
There are plenty of websites on the web, where content is already customized according to the customer’s behavior. But, now, it is a high time to customize the UX according to the customer’s taste and preferences. With the help of Analytics, you can see how customers use a website. You can use this information to understand and provide the customized UX to your potential web users. This will allow users to make changes according to their needs.
Both the user interface and user experience plays a significant role in determining the usability, accessibility and functionality of a WordPress site. It becomes essential to treat both the concepts deliberately.
Well, in this blog post, we explained the quick evolution of UI and UX in the Web design world, how they interrelate to each other, history of WordPress UI and UX and their future in web design and development.
If you want to host a successful site, you need to enhance the user experience of your site and for that, you need to develop an advanced and robust user interface because it is the prominent aspect that can help you grab more visitors.
Hopefully, you liked this blog post. You can also share your views on how to further improve the UI and UX of a website.
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