Make more sales with your online shop

The only book for ecommerce UX design guidance

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Rated 4.7 on Amazon US & UK (40+ reviews)

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2ND EDITION – All of the content fully updated!

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Does your ecommerce site attract visitors but fail to convert enough into paying customers? Are your sales numbers not where you want? Have you got an ecommerce site but not yet spent any time on improving the design?

Before you spend a fortune on getting traffic, you want to make sure your site design isn't putting off customers. Designing Ecommerce Websites is the book that will tell you how to upgrade the user experience. It provides you with 66 guidelines on how to best use every element on each each step of the online shopping process.

This book is the result of a decade’s worth of UX design experience, and several years spent consulting with a wide range of different ecommerce startups. It is based on knowledge learned from user behaviour data and running many different usability tests. It tells you what works in reality, not in theory.

A quick reference design guide

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Designing Ecommerce Websites contents

The paperback and PDF have been beautifully designed and typeset by an experienced book designer to be easy to use:

  1. Split into five chapters to reflect the ecommerce funnel, covering the landing page, listings, product page, checkout flow, and extra advice;
  2. Presented as 66 guidelines, which cover all elements of a user's experience, from the copy to the calls to action;
  3. Each guideline is presented on a single spread to allow you to quickly and easily digest the content;
  4. Every guideline comes with further reading: a link to an article giving research or more details on the topic;
  5. The book features 50 wireframe illustrations to visually convey how (and how not) to achieve the advice;
  6. The chapter introductions define the requirements for each section of the site, along with how you measure success;
  7. Some guidelines are framed as questions for you and your site to consider (as the answers can vary).
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Reader reviews

A snapshot of some of the Amazon reviews the book has received.

** Amazon bestseller in the Internet, Web Design, E-Commerce and Technology Business categories. **

“One E-commerce book to rule them all. This is a great single-book library for anyone designing or building e-commerce sites.”
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Will C, from Amazon US

“Love this book – not least because the clear design and layout are UX in action! Must read if you want to start on the journey of improving conversions on your website.”
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C.E Thomas, from Amazon UK

"Excellent, easy to understand yet comprehensive guide to designing e-commerce websites. I’m a small business owner, and Matt’s book helped me develop a vision and list of “must haves” and “don’t dos” for our e-commerce site. I have been able to more effectively communicate with our designer and developer, ask good questions, and use correct terminology when suggesting changes etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering starting an internet based business or adding online sales to an existing brick and mortar model."
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tdreader, from Amazon US

“I've read a lot of books and articles on web design and ecommerce but this one does a much better job of keeping things simple and actionable. There's no waffle in here, just insightful, actionable advice that is backed up by research and experience.”
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Mr K S Devon, from Amazon UK

“For the last few years I've read extensively about more-complex ecommerce websites -- and now I'm designing one. Matt's densely-packed ebook has been a major eye-opener. I'm glad I bought this book -- it is a terrific value.”
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Daniel Kamman, from Amazon US

“Whether a novice or expert - this is a great book as both a first read and checklist for for experienced UX designers.”
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RF, from Amazon UK

“He has substantiated each section with really useful 'don't-do-this-do-that' visuals (which were one of the big draws for me) and has peppered supporting links so you can explore further as needed. (There's no upsell here; just links to additional useful subject matter expertise.)”
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P Turner, from Amazon US

"Highly recommended! Great actionable tips and easy to follow suggestions with case studies."
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Ronnie McGibbon, from Amazon UK

“The author gets to the point, and doesn't pad just to have a longer book. This sort of conciseness is unfortunately rare in technical books, and I really appreciate it.”
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Billy Hollis, from Amazon US

“This book is stuffed full of tips, advice and highly focused information on how to make an ecommerce site much more user friendly in the expectation of increasing customer sales. It talks to me in non-techy speak and couldn’t be simpler to follow and each time I pick it up there’s always something else to learn.”
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Kerry Roberts, from Amazon UK

“The advice given in the book is practical, useable, and data-based. This is a pragmatic approach to designing your e-commerce site, highlighting what's important to customers and what really works to maximize sales and customer satisfaction. If you're part of an e-commerce web design, just buy this book. Its value is well in excess of its cost.”
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Donald L, from Amazon US

"Easy to understand even if you don't have a background in UX. I found it really useful as a programmer to understand how I can create better experiences. Highly Recommend!"
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Daniel Turner, from Amazon UK

"This book follows my favourite mantra of less is more. No filler text, just helpful advice on creating a great e-commerce site. Every page is carefully thought through."
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M Blom, from Amazon UK

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About the author

I'm Matt and I have spent six years as a UX consultant specialising in helping ecommerce websites improve their design via evidence (not assumptions).

In total I have over 12 years experience as a UX designer, including working at the BBC, onefinestay, and consulting to a wide range of businesses. I’ve taught UX design workshops for over five years and I wrote the Amazon-bestselling book Designing Ecommerce Websites.

Read more about me here.


What's new in the 2nd edition?

Everything has had a rewrite, there are now 12 more guidelines than the first edition (15 added, three removed), and there's further reading links for every guideline.

Is there an audiobook?

There is! You can get it on Amazon here.

Is there a Kindle version?

Yes, you can buy that here.

Can I have a review copy?

I have a few copies available for reviewers. Send me an email saying where you'll review it.

Who is the book for?

This book is to help those people without a large knowledge of UX design but who are involved in the design process. I've taught these principles to graphic designers, marketers, developers, and startup founders, who have all found it useful. Learn more by reading the introduction.

Who designed the book?

That would be Namkwan Cho and if you want a book designed you should hire him—take a look at his work here.

Can I bulk order the paperback for retail?

Sure, give me an email with the number of copies you're after and we'll take it from there.

What if I don’t like it?

If you read it and haven’t learned anything, I don’t want you to feel ripped off. Just send me an email explaining why (to help me improve), along with your receipt and I’ll issue a refund.

I have a question you've not answered here

Just send me an email with you question and I'll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

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