It's the little things
I've been thinking about the little things that can be changed to make a web page easier to use. Seemingly small changes can add up to have a big impact on the way people will interact with the page.
On one particular site, I have a pretty standard widget used to select the amount of products to show per page. I'm sure you've seen something similar to that of below on many other websites.
I decided to change the way this was implemented, moving to a horizontal list of links.
The advantages of this approach are:
- You can see all options at once. Please, don't make me think.
- It's only a single click to select an option.
- It's better for accessibility because you don't have to fiddle with a dropdown (and who wants to?).
I think this is a fairly good example of how changing small things, perhaps even those that seem inconsequential, can contribute to improving the overall experience of the page, and delight the user.