Log in fields on index page

12 Mar 2008 - 1:15am
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Howie Chang
2008

Hi,

Anyone have any clue on the notion of why some websites have their log in
fields presented upfront while some, prefer to just provide a link to a
separate log in page?
What considerations should one take note of in order to make a better
decision?

I know for sure that by presenting the log in fields upfront makes it easy
for user to log in, especially so for social websites. But that might not be
the main reason for doing so...

Cheers,
Howie
http://user-experience.vox.com

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12 Mar 2008 - 10:19am
kimbieler
2007

I've run into some cases where the client didn't want the home page
to become a PHP or ASP page by virtue of having the login or other
forms on it. Whether this is a valid concern or not, I don't know.

Another possibility is that the login was added after the site went
up and there was no room for it on the home page. Or the login has
more than one or two simple fields. Or the designer didn't like
having to accommodate login on every page and so stuck it on a
separate page because that seemed tidier.

My feeling is that, for a membership-based application, login should
be available on every page of the external site in a consistent but
out-of-the-way location.

On Mar 12, 2008, at 2:15 AM, Howie C. wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Anyone have any clue on the notion of why some websites have their
> log in
> fields presented upfront while some, prefer to just provide a link
> to a
> separate log in page?
> What considerations should one take note of in order to make a better
> decision?
>
> I know for sure that by presenting the log in fields upfront makes
> it easy
> for user to log in, especially so for social websites. But that
> might not be
> the main reason for doing so...
>
> Cheers,
> Howie
> http://user-experience.vox.com
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13 Mar 2008 - 1:35am
Micah Freedman
2008

I think it depends on how much of a requirement logging in is to using
the site. Gmail wouldn't make sense without a login right up front.
But on a shopping site, you want to devote more space to the products,
and delay the requirement to login or create an account as long as
possible. High content sites with pay sections might be the same way.

Rather than a separate page, it might be nice to use a hybrid modal
login, which gives you the best of both worlds -- efficient use of
space, with not having to wait for an extra page load to login. There
might be some usability issues with that that I'm not thinking of,
though.

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