Usability.Edu: 25 Incredibly Useful Usability Cheat Sheets & Checklists

by admin on May 12, 2009

Is your Web site primed for any viewer? How do you know? The nicest thing about a usable Web site is that it’s just a good thing to do for others so they can easily read your online information. The other side to usability is that it can increase your search engine standings so more people can find your Web site.

The following list of cheat sheets and checklists are fairly recent; however, some older usability checklists are useful for older sites that haven’t been upgraded. You can find cheat sheets and checklists for forms, blogs and more below, all listed in alphabetical order.

  1. 15 Essential Checks Before Launching Your Website: Use this Smashing Magazine list to double-check your site’s usability before you launch.
  2. 15 Valuable Usability PDFs You Never Heard Of: This list of usability papers in PDF format will put you well ahead of the pack.
  3. 25-point Website Usability Checklist: A concise list of checkpoints to make sure your site is usable.
  4. Checklist for Usability Forms: This checklist is for HTML forms along with links to a few articles that are very helpful.
  5. Everyday Usability – 14-Point Checklist for Success: Kimberly Krause Berg from is convinced that a “tweak a day convinces visitors to stay.” Learn more from this short checklist.
  6. General Usability Checklist: This is a true checklist that assures users they don’t miss a trick in testing usability.
  7. How to Conduct Usability Evaluations for Accessibility: The Nielsen Norman Group offers these guidelines for testing Web sites and Intranets for users who use assistive technology.
  8. How to Improve Web Site Usability: This former SEO expert provides articles, checklists and a “bonanza of resources” for usability.
  9. Contents of Measuring the Usability Index of Your Web Site: Benjamin Keevil presented this information at the annual Special Interest Group on Systems Documentation (SIGDOC) conference in 1998.
  10. Practical Usability Testing: This article explains how to conduct testing, what to test and how to analyze the results.
  11. Quick Usability Checklist: A short list that addresses the most common usability problems.
  12. Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist: Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be off to a good start in developing usable forms.
  13. Test your Website: A 57-Point Checklist for Maximum Usability: You can go quickly through this checklist to make sure your design is up to snuff.
  14. The Blog Usability Checklist: If you think your blog is usable, you might check it against this 19-point checklist first.
  15. The Essential Website Usability Checklist: This is a 13-point usability checklist designed for Webmasters from DailyBits.
  16. Top 10 Web application usability guidelines & checklist: An easy-to-follow set of guidelines and a checklist for Web site usability.
  17. Usability: 456 Berea St. offers a series of articles that list accessibility guidelines in detail.
  18. Usability Checklist Detail: Richard Waller, designer, created this outline for his own use and offers it to other designers.
  19. Usability Guidelines: MIT developed these guidelines, which include most factors to consider during a usability evaluation of a web site.
  20. Usability resources: A plethora of information, resources, tools and techniques to conduct usability testing and reviews.
  21. Usability Toolkit: This is a collection of forms, checklists and other useful documents for conducting usability tests and user interviews.
  22. User Testing Techniques: This page includes information on how to conduct user-based testing along with a skeletal checklist.
  23. Web Site Usability Checklist: This usability checklist highlights five important components of a usable Web site.
  24. Website Usability Checklist: This list was put together recently for a shipping company that was expecting PPC traffic. Learn highlights quickly from this list.
  25. Website Usability Checklist: This is a different checklist than the one immediately above. This list attacks usability in all stages of Web development.

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