Websites that satisfy users: A theoretical framework for web user interface design and evaluation

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


With the fast development and increasing use of the World Wide Web as both an information seeking and an electronic commerce tool, web usability studies grow in importance. While web designers have largely focused on functional aspects of websites, there has been little systematic attention to (1) the motivational issues of web user interface design or (2) a theoretically driven approach to web user satisfaction studies. The objective of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework and foundation for systematically investigating features in the web environment that contribute to user satisfaction with a web interface. This research uses Herzberg’s [1] motivation-hygiene theory to guide the identification of these features. Among the implications and contributions of this research are the identification of web design features that may maximize the likelihood of user satisfaction and return visits to the web site.


Web site development; Web sites—Design


Communication Technology and New Media | Library and Information Science


Silvia Barcellos a.k.a. Silvia B. Southwick


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Zhang, P., Small, R. V., & Barcellos, S. (1999). Websites that satisfy users: A theoretical framework for web user interface design and evaluation. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2, 2016-2025.

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