Taking a few notes from a recent article I wrote on Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful., Abhijit Nadgouda @ iface decided to take his WordPress.com blog, a blog with no control over the look of the WordPress Theme or any core programming files, WordPress Plugins, or templates, and put into practice what he is learning about usability.
As with any other new thing, a new visitor of your website might feel a little alien to it. He/She can take up some time to learn a few things, see what features are available, understand behaviour of your website. This is because he/she does not know what to expect. The learning happens through discovery or experience which can either be the hard way or time consuming. The learning becomes even more important if there is more than reading on the website – like e-commerce or interactivity…This is also profitable for you as website/blog owners – more comfortable your users get, more of your website will be read.
The article lists some specifics that WordPress.com bloggers should take into consideration like using Links Manager to add most popular posts and adding a site map and help Page to guide users on using your blog.
Over and over again I hear people complaining about the limitations that WordPress.com blogs puts upon the blogger. Here is an example of how the limitations make the blogger think about the bigger picture and how to do creative things with what they have to work with. Making lemonade out of lemons.