Questions tagged [checkout]

process of finalizing a purchase, whether at in a physical or digital environment.

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Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field

In my online checkout process I, like many checkouts, have a field for the customer's email address along with a field to confirm the email address. They are both identical text boxes and accept email ...
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Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?

I live in Australia, so this might not apply worldwide, but here, when withdrawing money, the ATM will give me back my bank card, then several seconds later the cash comes out. This typically leads ...
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How can I make it extremely clear that the user needs to take one last action?

I am developing a new checkout wizard for my company's website, and I've added a "confirm your selections" panel as the last step in the wizard: From my perspective as the designer, I feel that I ...
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“Shipping address is same as billing address” or the other way around?

Some online shops follow these guidelines (case A): Let user enter a billing address. Have a checkbox "Shipping address same as billing". Some other online shops do it just the other way (case B): ...
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Combining all the address fields into one?

Both customers and companies want a quick and easy checkout experience. From what I've seen, a big UX bottleneck at checkout is the billing and/or shipping address(es) because there are so many input ...
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Is it user-friendly to make the main navigation bar disappear when the user proceeds to checkout?

On e-commerce websites (e.g. Amazon), I noticed that the main navigation bar is not displayed any more when the user proceeds to checkout. Why? If the user wants to go back, he can only do it by ...
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“Expiry date” or “Expiration date” label

What is the best form label to use for the credit card expiry date (during a checkout process on an eCommerce website)? I've done some research and noticed that some sites use 'Expiration date' and ...
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How long should you leave items in a basket, before clearing it (if at all)?

Many online retailers allow you to add items to a basket prior to checkout. Some of the big 'names' have a smart strategy that combine baskets and wishlists, and notify you on a future visit if an ...
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Should promotional codes automatically be deleted?

I've created an e-commerce system for a website I'm working on. The administrator can add promo-codes, add categories, and add items within those categories. When creating a promotional code the ...
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Address entry as a single textarea [duplicate]

I am building a ecommerce checkout flow and am looking for best practices for the billing/shipping entries. Every site I use and every one I've looked at for inspiration has the address entries as a ...
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How many steps should a checkout process have?

I'm currently auditing an e-commerce website, and I noticed that the checkout process has 3 steps: Login/registration Delivery address/payment Verify/place order The page of the step 2 is quite ...
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Tackling the shopping cart abandonment rate

I'm trying to tackle the high abandonment rate for a certain step in the checkout procedure. The first step in the checkout procedure of the company I work for is a step where customers have to log in,...
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Why ask for billing address first?

I'm working on a new checkout flow. I'm wondering why most e-merchants ask for the billing address first instead of the shipping address. People are more likely to understand shipping address than ...
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Credit card field placeholder text

There has been a lot of discussion around Stripe 'Elements' default credit card field placeholder text. Their default is '4242 4242 4242 4242' as shown below: There are a few vocal users ...
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Is the shopping cart page part of the checkout process or not?

I'm currently working on the wireframes of a webshop for a chain of electronics stores (TV's, washing machines, etc). Users can place products in the shopping cart and start the checkout process from ...
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Do users care about having multiple options for payment providers (paypal vs google checkout, etc.)?

I'm working on a sort of CMS with a built in payment system. We plan on having it support multiple payment processors like Paypal, Amazon, and Google Checkout, but I'm wondering if we need to present ...
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Paper prototype testing on checkout?

I would like to run few iterations of user testing on a checkout re-design. This project is still in the early stage so I would like to take full-advantage of the situation and run testing sessions on ...
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Best practice: card expiry date on checkout

What is the best format for gathering the card expiry data during the checkout process on an eCommerce website? So we need to collect the month of expiry and the date of expiry (as standard on all ...
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Which payment provider offers the best user experience? [closed]

I'm looking at building payments into my app. Users can subscribe to different plans and pay monthly. They'll get a free first month and won't be billed if they cancel anytime within the first month. ...
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Is confirmation on checkout still relevant?

Is confirmation of products and shipping details still relevant, or it simply adds information load to buyers. Especially when we think of mobile experiences. I know that we use them to prevent ...
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How do we handle a checkout process for unique items?

What methods are generally employed to handle checkout processes that involve unique items?--Selling paintings, for example. Some pitfalls maybe: A buyer purchases an item before a slower buyer is ...
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How do I maintain flow during checkout?

I am working on a payment process that is pretty typical. Users will be required to create a password during the sign up process so they can retrieve their (online) purchase later. In the course of ...
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Is the “shopping-cart” paradigm suitable for buying add-ons in an SaaS?

We are building an SaaS app where our users will have the opportunity to purchase add-ons such as custom domains, plan upgrades, templates and various other bits and pieces. We are considering a flow ...
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Why review shipping and billing information you just gave?

I often see e-commerce sites with a flow like this: You add a product and are automatically take to the shopping cart You click "Proceed to Checkout" are taken to a page where you give your shipping ...
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Should I vary input field lengths in a single page checkout form?

I am currently designing a single page checkout form. I would appreciate some feedback on the lengths of my input fields. In the Billing and Shipping sections, I have staggered the length of the ...
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Checkout charity by default in an online cart

John is responsible for designing an online shopping cart and checkout experience at a mid-size organization. John goes to the grocery store, where a checkout clerk asks if he'd like to donate a ...
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Is it a problem to have a link to 'View Your Basket' and 'Go To Checkout' that both go to the same place?

I have an eComm site i'm specing at the moment. When you add stuff to the basket the on-page basket at the top of the page will update to give you a running total with links to view the full basket as ...
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Ecommerce checkout: Importance of order summary?

Doing this ecommerce checkout, and I'm curious, should the order summary be visible throughout the entire checkout process, or just at the last step (where the CC info is entered)? I haven't read the ...
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Making a button appear after an action - good or bad?

I'm working on some kind of B2B checkout process for car dealers who buy cars from my client. In the 1st step of checkout, they have to choose between pick-up and delivery. This is what I'm going ...
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checkout: combining billing and payment screens

I am designing a checkout workflow where the old IA has mocked up different screens for billing/shipping and payment. I want to combine into one page like this (which I've abbreviated): I've said ...
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UX perspective on asking the user for their 'industry'

When users go through my signup/checkout process, one of the questions I ask them is 'what industry are you in'? The reason we ask for 'industry' is to collect some marketing statistics (which I'm ...
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How to communicate that some customers may buy directly, others must set up account first?

We found that about 60% of all users meet the conditions for our service, so we can provide them the service directly (i.e. we can display its price, and direct them to the checkout process) Other ...
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Per-user billing without charging the client many times a month?

I'm working on a small SaaS product that will have a per-user pricing model (many users per client). I want to allow a client to add users whenever they want, but I don't want them to have to set up ...
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On mobile checkout flow should product details be shown on review order/summary step?

I am working on the checkout flow for the mobile device, and it has 3 steps, Step 1- shipping details, step 2- payment details, step 3- order summary and confirm to buy. The flow starts with cart page ...
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Why do checkout processes place payment info last?

Most e-commerce sites that I go to have payment information as the last step of the checkout process. Some of these sites provide the option to save my payment info for quicker checkout in the future ...
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If a checkout fails, should I still create a user's account?

As part of our checkout process, if you don't exist as a user in the system, you're prompted to create a username and password as one of the steps of the process. Let's say this happens at the ...
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How can I describe what checkboxes do in a long list of items?

In my web app, I have a long list of items on one side of the screen and a shopping basket list on the other. Here is an example: The app works by checking the boxes next to items and then clicking ...
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Product cart slide in or pop-up instead of redirect

I'm in process of redesigning a website for my company, in cooperation with a digital agency. Our business is one of the leading companies in our country that sells consumer electronics (notebooks, ...
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Voucher code field before login in?

On an ecommerce website, in order to checkout/pay, the user will need an account, so he will have to register. After registering and being logged in, the user will be able to enter a voucher code, ...
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What type of payment is best suited for low amount transactions in a e-commerce-like website?

We're building a kind of e-commerce service which sells only one product. That product will be priced around 1.5€. Our paying users will checkout approximately 3 times a month. Each checkout should ...
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The login, sign in/up and checkout process

So I've taken on the task of rebuilding the checkout process since the way it's done now is really horrifying for the end user.. I've drafted a chart of how the process is today where each box is a ...
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Should a voucher code field appear if there are no active codes?

For this question, consider the potential negative impact of sending the user off to google for a voucher code only to find expired or duff codes, which would snag and delay them significantly as well ...
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Is 'billing address' required for e-commerce checkouts?

Why do we need to input a billing address when purchasing online? Can this step be removed from the checkout process? Is 'shipping address' sufficient? The website only sells to individuals and ...
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How to inform user of changes in the shopping cart?

I'm implementing online payment on a website I'm working on. Everything is working on the technical side, but I have a UX question now. Let's say the user added a product to his cart. It goes to the ...
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Add-to-cart action for two separate upsell items in the checkout flow

Scenario I'm working on a site with an upsell offer of two similar products that are presented upon entering the checkout flow. I need to let the user know they can add one or both upsells to their ...
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Why not have sub-total in product page instead of checkout?

Every time I check out online it would cost more than what I expected. Why not have sub-total on the product page instead of check out? I understand some websites won't have my information to track ...
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Payment options Prepaid and paypal used incorrectly by customers

In our Online-Shop, we offer different payment options. The most important are "Prepay" and PayPal. With "Prepay" I mean customers have to transfer the money manually to our bankaccount (via online-...
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How can I validate an email account without leaving the checkout process?

Aside from the standard process in which someone receives an email to validate an account/registration to finish a signup process, is there any alternative/best practice that retains the user within ...
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Step UI when the list of steps is wider than screen width?

So I really like Semantic UI, and take a lot of direction from them when I can. I have a stepped-process checkout, and have taken after their "Ordered Step" UI. However, sadly, even their component ...
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Multiple items in one basket that get processed at different rates on completion of checkout

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to solve the problem of having multiple products in one order (basket) that are processed at different rates once the user completes their purchase? An example ...