Views and News

Should you take content off your website?

May 24, 2016

We have recently completed a number of usability testing projects for clients with large information sites i.e. non-transactional sites. These have included organisations as diverse as a major UK charity, a manufacturer of precision measuring equipment, and an EU institution. A common issue with all these sites (and many large information sites) is a lack […]


Is doing research in London skewing your results?

May 18, 2016

We estimate over 60% of UK, studio-based, qualitative market research takes place in London (*), most of which will use London-based respondents. Londoners accounts for 13% of the UK population and a key question is how representative is this 13% of the whole UK population? Most qualitative research aims to provide a snapshot of opinion […]


Remote testing – for hard to reach testers

March 18, 2015

We always recruit our own testers. By doing it ourselves we get more appropriate testers and we can weed out the ones who try to make a career out of being a respondent. We think we are quite good at this, and most of the time it is not difficult, but sometimes it can be more challenging, […]


What’s in a name…

March 17, 2015

You may have noticed we have been a bit schizophrenic about what we call ourselves. We started life more than 13 years ago as ‘Web Usability Partnership’, became ‘WUP’ about 9 years ago and reverted to ‘Web Usability’ last year. The change back to Web Usability was driven by various factors, including that nobody ever knew […]


Running online discussion groups is like talking to my teenage sons

January 19, 2015

As a mum to young teenage boys (writes Sarah Clark) you may think I’d say that conversation is severely lacking in our household…except it’s not! Just so long as I’m not expecting them to be face-to-face, I do have regular meaningful conversations with both my sons. And actually I‘d say these long distance communications tend […]


The demise of the left hand navigation…

November 12, 2014

Recently, we tested a new, information-provider web site for a well-known brand (the identity of which shall be kept anonymous for reasons that will soon become clear) and were fairly surprised to find the site navigation trailing down the left hand side of the page, rather than sitting horizontally at the top, where we have […]


The secret of a successful search

September 4, 2014

It was recently estimated in the US that Google receives 182 million unique views a month, 9 million hits above its closest competitor Yahoo!, And 20 million views ahead of bronze medallist, bing*. So why is Google the world’s most popular search engine? Firstly, it gets us the results they want. Secondly, as we all […]


Big Data SEO and UX Research

July 19, 2014

12 years ago, when we started Web Usability, so much in the digital world was new; digital marketing, analytics, UX, SEO to name just a few. However, in the last few years the growth of this digital tool kit has slowed down, with very few recent additions of major significance – a sign of the market […]


Do users know what they want?

June 7, 2014

Having successfully launched our brand new responsive website we are now big advocates of this method of website design, unless fundamental issues stand in your way. Some of our clients are keen to advance down the alternative adaptive route, which recognises when a smartphone is being used and pushes an entirely separate, mobile specific site […]


Touchy feely – is the mouse redundant?

December 12, 2013

We have recently taken delivery of a Microsoft Surface tablet and a couple of touch screen monitors. For Peter, our director, it was like Christmas had come early. Delivery day saw him happily ripping opening packaging and focusing completely on his new toys. We could have asked him for 100% pay-rises and a week off […]