Thursday, January 26, 2006

AJAX Design Pattern: Login Panel

An interesting approach to handling new user registration and existing user login...

"I've noticed another new AJAX convention cropping up in a few places that I though I'd share. It solves a real problem in an elegant fashion: how to handle registration of new users.

Every site that requires a login needs to provide a way for new users to register. The tradeoff between supporting new users and existing users is always tricky: for example, most brokerage sites are oriented towards marketing to new users, and have a little link in the corner where existing clients can log in. Other sites orient towards existing users, and new users are shunted off to a registration page.

Ideally, we’d keep the user on the same page. With a little bit of Javascript trickery, this is possible. The best example of this I've seen so far is in ZohoCRM.

The login widget starts out oriented towards existing users."   continued ...   (Via Jonathan Boutelle)

New users can pull down to register, existing users can easily log in- User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

New Registration is abstracted, but easily accessed

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