So here it goes, a rant about bad website design. People, it’s 2010, why oh why oh why have you not sorted out your web forms.
So I regularly purchase stuff of the Internet so I am used to filling in web forms regarding payment details and I noticed that still to this day, some 20 years after the invention of the WWW, very few websites actually have intuitive web forms. The rest of the website is usually some flashy piece of work however I am still bugged the same issues.
Why do you insist on giving me a list of 200 freaking countries to sort through. Do you think you could detect where I am browsing from and maybe auto-populate that in the list control, perhaps somewhere near the top? With the rise in geo-location software you can but you can’t be bothered. You don’t consider this part of the user experience. by the way, does anyone from Afghanistan buy from your website?
I Live in London London
This is one that annoys me the most. All you UK developers, I live in London, why on earth do you insist on me providing a county? London is not in any county. On a few occasions I have been restricted to putting my county in as Middlesex (technically the nearest county to me) just to purchase something. On other occasions I have to type my county in so I have an address of London London.
Please think when designing these forms and stop copying the same old shite that’s used everywhere else. Think intuitively, think independently.