September 21, 2010, 7:57 AM — You may think your soon-to-be-launched website is the most intuitive, professional, attractive site to hit the Web, but if your prospective users don't agree, you're not just out of luck, you could be out of business. That's where usability testing comes in.
Web design and development blog DevGrow has put together a list of 10 online tools that make usability testing quick, easy, and maybe even fun. Prices range from free (ClickTale) to $39 per user (UserTesting.com).
And the services vary just as widely as the prices. Here are some of the highlights:
UserFly lets you record the actions your users perform on your website – everything from mouse movements to page-scrolling to typing, you can replay the exact session they had on your site to better understand what they did and why they did it.
The FiveSecondTest is just that – users are allowed to see your mockup or website screenshot for 5 seconds, after which they are given a set of questions you set. It’s meant to mimic the amount of time real-world users spend to gauge a website and whether or not they will stay or leave.
Probably the most interesting out of the bunch (seeing they don’t use real users), Feng-Gui "simulates human vision during the first 5 seconds of exposure to visuals, and creates heatmaps based on an algorithm that predicts what a real human would be most likely to look at."
Check out the full article at the link below for more detailed descriptions of all the services.
10 Usability Testing Tools for Startups [DevGrow]