Little things can change the way you look at things. The way your friend raises his eyebrow when you narrate your weekend escapade can tell you about his disbelief. These small elements in everyday interactions are micro-interactions, and they are everywhere. We are usually so tuned to them that we do not notice them separately. Contrary to how the term sounds, they have tremendous effects on user experience (UX) when it comes to website design. They can dictate the entire UX of your WordPress site.
Their primary job is to provide clarification or assurance about a task to the user. For example, have you noticed the “like” button on Facebook? Of course, you have! However, have you noticed how the emoticons pop out of the page as you hover on the “Like” button in a virtual 3D effect? That signifies that you are about to complete an action and that there is a significance to the effort you are making. Not only does this little effect increase the user satisfaction, but it also attracts user loyalty.
How is WordPress reacting to the advent of micro-interactions?
WordPress is always the king of all kinds of content and website building activities. It has simplified building a website so much so that even kids can create one for their school project. WordPress may rule over 28% of the web, but it still knows how to keep things fun. You can add multiple features with the help of plug-ins. You can even optimize your site for performance using SEO plug-ins. Everything on a WordPress site is as simple as installing and activating a plug-in, so there is no reason you should not be able to add micro-interactions to your site using one.
Microinteractions are a member of almost all WordPress trends lists of 2018. As per the experts at BigDropInc.com, it is no longer a prediction, but a part of every modern website designer’s itinerary. They can change the way your potential customers and followers see your website or blog. Did you know that you have already experienced micro-interactions while using WordPress over the years? Whenever you try to delete a post from the central admin dashboard, there are subtle but noticeable changes that occur. First, after you click on “Delete,” the word changes to “Deleting,” and then the field turns red for a split second. The entire process is two individual sets of micro-interactions.
Why are micro-interactions at all important?
You may want to ask what is the point of working on something that is so subtle. In fact, there are not too many regular people out there (including the users and visitors) who think about these too much. So, why should you spend your effort, resources and time for introducing minute changes to your site?
- They provide assurance: Have you felt that anxiety when you have hit the “like” button on your crush’s post and waited for a micro-second till the action was complete? It is the interstitial anxiety that can drive your users nuts. Many people rely on that slight jump of the blue “like” button to relieve their stress. Micro-interactions efficiently reduce the perceived waiting time between the action and the result. They are essential for increasing user satisfaction.
- They make sites intuitive: Seeing short-span animations can brighten up the UX for many. They can guide the user. Websites become undoubtedly more intuitive with the subtle guidance and assurance from the micro-interactions.
Where can WordPress sites adopt the new trend?
Next comes the most critical question that almost all website designers should ask – “how can we use micro-interactions?”
You can help your users:
- Create small content
- View content
- Know about their actions and results
- Interact with website data/elements
- Complete a single task
Both Facebook and Twitter are classic examples of sites that have successfully ingrained micro-interactions in their regular processes.
How to add micro-interactions to WordPress sites?
Contact Form by WPForms
This plug-in allows you to add contact forms to your website. The basic, yet useful plug-in comes with drag and drop contact builder. Now, you can display custom text when someone starts typing. It is a real-time change that your users can experience. It creates a feedback effect and an interaction that bridges the time between the user’s action and impact.
Image Hover Effects
The IHF plug-in for your website can apply hover effects to your website images only. Interestingly, this overly simplified plug-in is powerful, and it enables you to choose from over 40 hover effects on a regular basis.
Amazing Hover Effects
It is another WordPress plug-in that offers the WP user over 20 effects. It is a lightweight plug-in that does not slow down the site and at the same time contributes to UX.
It is a social sharing plug-in that adds a “Tweet this” micro pop-up against the text that the user selects. It can also add the message to highlighted text and blockquotes on the webpage. It is a wholesome plug-in that converts tags from WordPress to hashtags for the Twitter post.
Microinteractions are becoming ubiquitous to the web journey for almost all users and designers. Whether it is a social media site or a WordPress blog, people are expecting a more immersive experience. There is nothing better than a webpage that answers to the actions of the users! So, when WordPress offers you a plethora of plug-ins, exclusively for adding micro-interactions to your site, just go ahead and seize the opportunity!
Author Bio: Barrack Diego is blogger and content writer who write many article on WordPress, business, SEO and technology. He enjoy to read new thing on internet. He spend lot of time on social media.