The State Of E-Commerce Checkout Design 2012

By Christian Holst for Smashing Magazine

This year we’ve taken a look at the state of e-commerce checkouts by documenting and benchmarking the checkout processes of the top 100 grossing e-commerce websites based on the findings from the original research study. This has lead to a massive checkout database with 508 checkout steps reviewed, 975 screenshots, and 3,000+ examples of adherences and violations of the checkout usability guidelines.

Here’s a walkthrough of just a handful of the interesting stats we’ve found when benchmarking the top 100 grossing e-commerce websites’ checkout processes:

  1. The average checkout process consist of 5.08 steps.
  2. 24% require account registration.
  3. 81% think their newsletter is a must have (opt-out or worse).
  4. 41% use address validators.
  5. 50% asks for the same information twice.
  6. The average top 100 checkouts violate 33% of the checkout usability guidelines.

In this article I’ll go over each of them and explain exactly what’s behind these numbers, showing you some real life implementations of do’s and don’ts when it comes to checkout processes.

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