Qabiria is a language translation services company with
a new website built with Joomla a
comprehensive content managment system based on PHP.
Its site is a great example of how much of a head start
you can get from such a tool... and how little you have
to do to achieve basic usability.
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to how easy and effective it is to use a Web site. Although
it involves how a site looks (graphic artwork), it is primarily
concerned with how a site works, what you click on, what happens,
and whether the site does its job. Perhaps
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there are many aspects of it that call for standardization
and compliance with widely established conventions. Implementing
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Summation & Next Steps
Overall Rating: Strives
Qabiria is perfectly adequate to its initial
business needs. By using a great content managment tool—Joomla—with
professional templates, it conveys professionalism by its
inherent appearance and built in interactions. Translation
is such a valuable, authentically justified skill that prospective
customers are likely to see past any minor flaws in a young
company's website. So the few items we highlight for improvement
might not be a problem. In other words, when you need a translator,
you don't care if they're great web authors.
But when competing for more significant
business, or when a visitor to the site is rapidly comparing
several vendors and has no tolerance for any imperfections,
these minor issues might loom larger.
Combined Notes and Recommendations:
- Remove the entrance page. This is a bothersome technique
left over from the early days of the web.
- Don't make the user click a second time (ex. Mission Page)
to reveal the detail content.
- Make sure everything on every page (!) is in the selected
- Combine some of the standard content (About/Mission) so
that there fewer pages. Just tell them who you are and what
pages as possible.
- Fix the three phrases, "Read Sergio Alasia's resumé"
so that the word "resume" always appears (at any screen resolution,
zoom level, etc.) Might be an IE7 thing.
- Can you remove Admin from the public pages with Joomla?
- Change the Search button to a simple icon to the right
of the search box. Capitalize "Search..."
- Remove the Help link?
- Have a native of each language edit the pages in those
Hope this helps and let
me know what you think,
Jack Bellis, UsabilityInstitute.com