Desperately Seeking Beta Testers

When Waxcreative asked me about colors for my new website, I panicked a bit. Those of you who know me know I’m very hesitant about color choices (witness my white walls!) But I do enjoy colors other people have thrown together.

So I decided to punt to a painting by Russian artist Brodinsky. I love the vibrant hues and the broad spectrum palette, so I sent this to my designer at Waxcreative. She pulled colors out of this canvas for my new website and came up with a lovely design that’s soft, elegant and will spotlight my covers beautifully.

The day for my website’s launch is coming quickly and my current job is to come up with a pool of “beta testers.” These are people who are willing to help me run Quality Assurance on the site. I will need people who are willing to:

Spend 1-2 hours on the site.

Hit as many links as possible.

Find the broken one.

Maximize and minimize and resize your browser window looking for anything in the window to distort

Up your text size and see if you can make a mess

Cruise around and report any place you get confused.

Browse for information and errors (even if you aren’t sure if the error is an error or if you are just seeing it funny).

Spot and call out any weird wording/typos

Give an overall impression of the site.

I need honest feedback and I have a rhino’s skin. Did you get bored? Did you get frustrated? Did you get lost? Did you love it? Did you want more?

In a recent Beta Testing that Waxcreative ran, a good friend of the client wrote “looked fine” for all the pages. This is most definitely NOT what we need here. If everything works for you and you find no broken links, etc. AND you love the site… then we need to know why you love it — what works best. Positive feedback helps far more than “all links work”.br /br /I have a starter document tracking all the pages on my site that I will send each tester which will help track all observations.

I am asking more people than I need in hopes of getting the most diverse test bed (I could use at least one person who uses a browser other than Windows IE 6.X or 7.X). If you are interested, please let me know by dropping me an email. Once we have a pool of volunteers, Waxcreative will choose based on creating a diverse group. The testing will take place over a few days in mid January.

So, if you’re a picky person, if little errors drive you crazy, if you have strong opinions about what works for you, I’d love to hear from YOU!


4 thoughts on “Desperately Seeking Beta Testers

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Fantastic, Theresa. I’ll send the rest of the info once I have an email from you.

    Wax really does beautiful work and their attention to detail is amazing. I’m so excited.

  2. Theresa Romain says:

    Hi Mia–I’d be glad to help too; I’ll send you a note. I use Safari on a Mac.

    How exciting to get to the stage of beta testing! Wax Creative makes beautiful sites.

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Excellent! Did you send me an email through my website? I have more info to send you.

  4. Nynke says:

    Put me on the list! I use Firefox at home. And I’m not sure I’ll be able to spend a full 2 hours on it, but I’ll give it my nitpicky best.

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