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Is there a problem with hiding "forgot password" until it's needed?

Tbh I don't really see any use for the "forgot password" button/link, unless the user put in a wrong password before. Let me try to paint a picture to explain why the comment above is a huge ...
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What's the point of deactivating Num Lock on login screens?

Some compact keyboard layouts don't have a numpad, so those keys are mapped to the right-hand side of the letter section: If NumLock is on, then a user typing the password kill, will actually type ...
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Is there a problem with hiding "forgot password" until it's needed?

It's a very bad idea to not show the link. You should always give the user the option, even if they are likely to try a few passwords first. How about an example - what if you have a password manager,...
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Which one should be more prominent, Login button, or Register button?

The products these days are intelligent enough to predict their visitor intent of coming on the website based on past their past behavior. For example, If I have logged out of a website, then the next ...
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Design for incorrect login

Increase contrast. In your current version the contrast between the color you use for your error message and the background color is low. Try either a brighter error color or a lighter background ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

The most common solution I've seen to this is including Facebook and Google login, considering most users will already be logged in to either of the social sites.
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What colour should Register and Login buttons be?

The color of the login button should match the primary color of your style theme. Apparently, you're using material design. If your theme, for example, uses blue (#2196F3) as a primary color, your ...
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Design for incorrect login

First of all, I'd suggest you use labels for the fields, it's of paramount importance. Based on your screen capture, I assume you're using inline labels. Read reasons why NOT to do it at Placeholders ...
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Why are login forms centered?

There are actually quite a few other benefits to this approach, I'll just rattle off a few. Ergonomics. An often overlooked part of UI design, because we think of digital as not being (as) limited ...
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Is the use of username/password in a mobile app needed?

Some users won't want to give a second app access to their Facebook or Google information. Some apps only require Facebook login (for example) to ensure the identity of the user. This is because it ...
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Which one should be more prominent, Login button, or Register button?

The fact that some sites feature a Register button more prominent than the Login button might be attributed to the fact that these sites try to encourage visitors to register and use their services. ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

Average person has 19 passwords More than 1 in 3 (35%) of those questioned said they struggle to remember strong passwords, which is unsurprising given that the average Briton now has 19 of them to ...
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What are the differences between “Remember me” and "Stay signed in" functionality?

"Remember Me" is typically used to remember the email address/user name of the user that logs in, so they only need to enter their password on subsequent visits. Contrary to other answers, I would say ...
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Is there a problem with hiding "forgot password" until it's needed?

Globally Consistent Convention Versus Design "Wants" There is always weight towards convention in user experience/interface design for numerous reasons, but crucial systems where there is a safety/...
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"Forgot password?" or "Reset password"?

Depends: When user is not logged in, on login page, it should be Forgot password. Since the user is probably not able to login since it forgot/lost the password. Also, there are non technical users ...
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Design for incorrect login

The message should be a complete grammatical sentence, for example: That username or password is incorrect. I prefer That to The, because it is clearer that the word That refers to the username or ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

The very famous xkcd comics about password strengh come to mind. What you really want is not a mix of lowercase, uppercase, number, and special character. You want a password with a lot of entropy ...
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Design for incorrect login

Messaging hierarchy The messaging in your example is typical for a field validation error, "Not a valid email address". That style is appropriate at that level, though you do have a contrast problem ...
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Which one should be more prominent, Login button, or Register button?

Try this: Show only one button. Take email address they enter and determine if you need to register them with a new account or log them in with that email. This way it's impossible for the user to ...
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Do we still need a Remember Me button on websites? Or can we rely on modern browsers to handle this?

Browsers can remember your details, yes. However the Remember Me option caters for the opposite situation - users on shared machines. A website will be configured to intentionally not remember the ...
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What's the point of deactivating Num Lock on login screens?

It's a bad UX practice primarily because the user is not expecting this to happen. Users will attempt to do an action and will not be able to do so.
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Only providing social logins

I'm not sure about data on desktop design, but I can say that for mobile devices, people will often use the social media login option when it is presented. This article about mobile interaction and ...
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How to display a "Log in" error in Material Design?

Try using a toast in material design: Material-UI Snackbars Docs I think this should solve your problem. If not try cards: In this case, clicking on the icon reveals the error text. The main thing ...
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Specific messages for wrong password or wrong mail - which is the correct practice?

Giving separate error messages for a wrong password vs a wrong username (or email) allows users to easily find out whether or not a given username exists in your system. All they have to do is enter ...
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What is the optimal time for a user on Login Page?

The answer is: as fast as possible Logging in is no user goal. It's simply a security gate that actually hinders the user in achieving his goal. A login page should be as clear as possible. Don't ...
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How to prompt existing customers to change their passwords

Ignoring the issue of lying to your customers, whether blatantly or through omission, you could simply say something like Due to recent changes, on our server we require all passwords to be ...
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Does a donation site need login?

You should definitely offer the option to login, just like online shopping sites offer their visitors the option to buy as a guest, buy as a registered user. This could be a nice feature for ...
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Only providing social logins

For your specific question on which social logins to use, it depends on your users/market. However, Facebook is by far and away the most important one, followed by Google. Then a mix of Twitter, ...
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What colour should Register and Login buttons be?

Your "call to action" doesn't have to be green, it just has to be consistent. Start with your design guide if you have one or create one if you don't and provide a consistent look and feel across you ...
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What are the differences between “Remember me” and "Stay signed in" functionality?

As I understand it, "Remember Me" will retain your login details making future logins simpler and quicker while "Stay Signed In" simply prevents any automated logout. Which one you prefer depends on ...
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