Jenni Nadler

When life gives you lemons, write better error messages

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Wix reviewed and fixed 7,643 error messages that were “generic” or “not helpful”, and Jenni explains how to provide better assistance to users:

What makes a good error message

  • Say what happened and why […]
  • Provide reassurance […]
  • Be empathetic […]
  • Help them fix it […]
  • Always give a way out […]

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  1. Navigation doesn’t have to be hidden behind a "Menu"-button. If it matters, we need to show it, and do so prominently. Some items are more important or more frequently used, so they might deserve a little bit more spotlight in your navigation.

    In addition to prominent navigation options @vitalyf shows in his thread, I really like the horizontal overflow scrolling navigation, enhanced with @LeaVerou's scrolling shadows.