Usability is vital to an effective Web Design, and it should be tested rigorously before making a website live. Below are two simple techniques which can be used for testing usability in Web Design.
Listing the User Tasks
Listing the user tasks is a very simple yet effective technique to test usability in Web Design. In this method all the tasks that a user can perform are listed and then different possibilities for performing those tasks are analyzed. The trick is to facilitate user so that s/he can perform tasks of interest in the easiest possible manner. This technique is simple but its outcome and eventual effect on website can be huge. Because at the end of the day, a website is a tool for people to use, and people don't like using annoying and difficult tools!
Prototyping is a common but highly effective testing tool used in design to practically 'try' out a design from user perspective. By using this tool, there are many little things that can be detected and corrected, which could make a big difference in overall effectiveness and impact of a Web Design. Prototyping is hugely beneficial in testing usability as it focuses on the ‘user’ perspective.