Designing a sign-up form seems like a trivial task and people usually don’t give much importance to this. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. It is an essential part of a website and also it as important as any other page on your website. In fact, a sign-up page gives the first impression of your USP to the visitors. A sign-up form usually contains a couple of form fields. There may be three or four fields depending upon the website. These are e-mail, username, password and confirm password followed by the Sign-up button. This blog focuses on the Best UX Design Practices for the sign-up forms.
While most of the designers will contradict, a large number of people often refrain from filling up these forms. The reason? Most of the time, they are just scared of filling in these forms. Shocked? Seems hard to believe, right? Trust me, it will make sense once you get the knack of it. Here’s how it goes. A large number of people often fear that if they share their personal information (phone number or mail id) with an untrusted party, they will start getting spam calls or emails. So you see it all comes down to trust. It’s the main reason they think twice before registering on a website. And if you are not working properly on the registration form, the visitors are just going to pass without filling it up. So don’t make it (the sign-up form) complex. Try to keep it as simple as you can. Here are few things to keep in mind to design a perfect sign-up page for your website.
User security should be the first and foremost concern of the User Experience designers while designing a sign-up form. You have to keep in mind the ease and adaptability of the users. In short, you have to think from a user’s perspective. Your sign-up form should not only be secure, it should also be fault-resistant. If the user is not able to proceed in the first attempt or it keeps showing an error message, he may change his mind and leave your page or even your website.
Users are always hesitant when it comes to sharing their sensitive data with a third party. If your sign-up form is too long and is consisting so many different fields, it may look like a spam to the users. For example, don’t ask for the phone number unless it’s necessary. However, you can always add this as an additional field but try not to make it mandatory. The users are more cautious about sharing their phone number than anything else these days owing to the increasing occurrences of spam calls and messages.
Always keep the sign-up page as simple as you can. It’s best if you can limit the form to 6 or 7 fields including Email, Username, Password and Confirm Password. Also, don’t forget to add a Terms and Conditions Checkbox at the bottom, just above Sign-Up button.
Adding more fields to it will make it look like a survey form rather than a sign-up form. The user registration should hardly take a minute to complete. If it’s taking longer than that, it’s time you should redesign your sign-up page and try to mitigate all the complexities.
While creating a website, everyone must take care of the sign-up form. Because it is an important part of a website. Taking care of these above-mentioned points like the security of a user and also the sign-up form should not be very big. If a designer takes care of these UX design practices while creating a sign-up page for a website, then he can give a great user experience to its users.