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Ten Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen’s ten usability heuristics for U.I Design. They are referred to as ‘heurisitics’ due to them being broad rules of thumb and not specific guidelines.

Jakob Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics for U.I. Design are:

  1. Visibility of system status
  2. Match between system and the real world
  3. User control and freedom
  4. Consistency and standards
  5. Error prevention
  6. Recognition rather than recall
  7. Flexibility and efficiency of use
  8. Aesthetic and minimalist design
  9. Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
  10. Help and documentation

For a breakdown on each of these, I thoroughly recommend this article.

Domains and Hosting

With so many different companies out there offering website hosting and domain registration, it is hard to know who to use. These days there are only two providers that I use for domains and Hosting. Both are UK registered companies with UK based operations.

UK-Cheapest – UK Hosting Provider

UK Cheapest, as the name suggests is a UK based company offering competitive hosting and domain name registration. I have been using UK-Cheapest for around 10 years directly and also have a number of previous clients who also utilise their services.

During my time with UK Cheapest, I have never encountered any billing or account issues. I have had the odd technical glitch over the years, but nothing of real significance. Where technical glitches have occurred, the technical team have always been available and quick to respond. The only downtime I have experienced has also been out of hours, and assume this was maintenance related.

As well as good packages their technical support is also available 24/7. I would highly recommend UK-Cheapest if you are looking for a new domain register or hosting provider in the UK.

Unlimited Web Hosting – UK Web Host

The second company I use for both domain registrations and hosting is Unlimited Web Hosting. Unlimited Web Hosting also has all of its operations based with the UK.

I have not been using Unlimited Web Hosting for that long, around 2 years. It was recommended to me by a colleague due to their excellent packages and pricing.

I currently only have one hosting package with this provider and two domains. During my time with them I have not experienced any downtime. The only technical issue I encountered was when transferring in a .net domain name. However, this was resolved quickly by the support team.

Based on my experiences with Unlimited Web Hosting I would recommend these as a provider. There does seem to be a few different sites using this name, but the one I am referring to in this post is Unlimited Web Hosting.

Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver

In a bid to try and find a good alternative to Adobe’s Dreamweaver I have tried many tools. However, the only one that I have found for free that comes close to the power of Dreamweaver as well as its ease of use is Expression Web 4 development by Microsoft. Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver certainly gets my recommendation.

Download Microsoft Web 4

Microsoft Expression Web 4

Microsoft Expression Web 4 is a WYSIWYG editor created by Microsoft. It allows you to develop your website in full code view, WYSIWYG view or a split of both.

Microsoft no longer develop Expression Web, however the 4th installment is still available to download from Microsoft, free of charge. The 4th installment is also compatible with Windows 10 and I have used it today (Oct 2019) without any issue at all.

It reminds me of earlier versions of Dreamweaver and is very much like Dreamweaver MX. A little bit dated but has all the key elements that you get with the current version of Dreamweaver.

If you are looking for a free website editor, I would certainly recommend you try this.

Microsoft Expression Web 4 Free alternative to Dreamweaver

Download Microsoft Web 4

If you do use this tool, please feel free to comment on your experience below, or get in touch.