I recently stumbled upon the website Usability.gov and was surprised to learn that the site is managed by the Digital Communications Division in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office.
The site offers a wealth of resources to learn more about user experience (UX) best practices and other UX disciplines like Information Architecture (IA), User Interface Design, Interaction Design (IxD), and Accessibility. This user-centered design process map is great step-by-step guide to website development from this perspective. As the page notes, “the type of site you are developing, your requirements, team, timeline, and the environment in which you are developing will determine the tasks you perform and the order in which you perform them.”
From a testing perspective, uTest University offers several courses to help you get started with Usability Testing beginning with The Basics of Usability Testing for Desktop and Web Apps. This course covers the basics of usability testing, including what it is, why it’s needed, and basic implementation and execution details. In an Introduction to uTest Usability Testing, you will gain an understanding of how to participate in Usability test cycles when you are invited to them.
The course includes these four tips from a usability expert: