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Usaura

Website Design Usability Tests


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Published 01/02/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Usaura.com gives users the tools they need to create and run usability tests on websites. The tests offer simple questions that can provide a great deal of insight into how visitors will perceive site designs. Questions can ask users to click a specific element or to choose an option they like out of a group. All Usaura usability tests are taken online so users only have to share the link to invite others to take their tests. The user can create test instructions so every question is tailored to their individual needs. Users can also upload JPG, GIF or PNG files of up to 500 KB each to include with each test question. Preference tests allow users to upload multiple images to find out which is preferred by the test taker.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

There are many things to like about Usaura. The application is very simple and easy to use. The user determines all questions and can upload their images so they stay in control of every question included. The current version of the application even includes a non-registration required survey builder option that allows visitors to start creating a survey as soon as they arrive. The only current drawback is the file upload tool, which places a 500 KB limit on all images uploaded to a Usaura test. The application has received a number of positive comments and reviews, including a mention on KillerStartups.

What are the differences to other apps?

Although Usaura offers a functional solution to its users, it doesn’t really bring anything new to the usability testing table. Users can access a few simple tools that allow them to tailor tests to their specific design needs. The application is also user friendly so test building is easy and fast. That being said, there are no extra features included that really make Usaura stand out. Those searching for a basic usability testing tool may find it more appealing specifically because it does not contain any unnecessary extras.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Usaura maintains a professional, modern appearance while keeping things as simple as it possibly can. Test creation is a breeze thanks to the extremely basic interface. The user is presented with the uploader tool and a box to enter test instructions to go along with each question. There are no flashy images, bright colors or other visual distractions to get in the way. A user can get a short usability test up and running within minutes.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors can sign up for a Usaura account by clicking the gold “Sign Up” button found near the center of the homepage (to the left, inside the dark purple banner). The registration form requires a name, email address and password. After submitting the completed form, the user is automatically logged in and can begin building tests or access their account settings. A “Create a Test” button is also available to the right of the registration button on the homepage for users who prefer to create a test without an account.

What does it cost to use the application?

Usaura welcomes all users to join for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges required at this time Users should take note that the application is still in a beta status. There may be changes and updates later that include the addition of a fee or premium membership option. There is no mention of if or when that might happen. For now, anyone can create usability tests with or without registering. Those who register are given access to more features, including the user dashboard and sequenced test sets.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Usaura.com is a handy tool for website designers who need to get feedback on their designs. The application is very easy to use. Some users may find the ability to build a test without registering as a plus when they need to obtain feedback very quickly. The site includes a basic selection of features that allow the user to create questions tailored to their specific project and purpose.

  • Users can create new surveys with or without registering
  • Registered users can access the test management dashboard
  • Images can be uploaded to accompany test questions
  • Usability tests can be shared by passing along a link
  • Multiple tests can be chained into a sequenced test set


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