Designing for Signup

Posted on November 7, 2008. Filed under: Inbox |

Chapter on Designing for Signup from Joshua Porter’s book on Designing for Social Web is available here:


Step 1: Get a user interested

Difference between what we think of the user and what the user thinks:




Note the questions to be answered on the main page:
1) What is this site about?
2) What does it do?
3) Is it worth my time?
4) Is it a valuable peice of software worth switching to?
5) Will I have to change what I currently do?
6) Does anybody I know use it? Do they like it?

Step 2: Get the user from being interested to sign up to your site

– First impression is the best impression, manage it very well. User may not return if his first experience is bad.
– At this point people have many questions in answering those you find the right opportunity.
– Use different strokes for different people

Different types of people who might visit your site:
– Ready to go person
– Interested but unsure
– Fact finders
– Skeptical


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