I am redesigning my login page to be a tabbed modal (sign in / register). I asked my wife "which do you prefer, sign in page or a pop up / slide down sign in page," and she surprised me by saying the separate page.
I'm still new to conventions and design, so I'm not sure which is better or which the community generally accepts.
Is there a preference in design patterns regarding login pages?
Just to be clear, it is a model not a popup. It only shows up when the user hits the sign in button. Similar to: