VP Royals

Recently I undertook the redesign for the VP Royals E-Commerce website. VP Royals sell natural haircare and skincare products for all different hair types. The client outlined the current issues they faced with their current website and the goals for their new website.


My role was to redesign the website.

Website here: https://vproyals.com/

Tools used: Invision, Adobe XD and WordPress





Issue

- The current website needed to be redesigned

- Outlined competition website with a better consistent design

- Business goals are to increase sales and customer experience


Website Before Changes



Original Homepage
Original Homepage


E-commerce Homepage
E-commerce options on the Homepage




The main focus for this is to redesign the pages to enhance the user experience. For example, the yellow branding clashes against the white background. The menu options overlap and create extra menu options creating unnecessary pages and journeys for the user.



The colour clash between the white and colour
The colour clash between the white and colour

The main selling point of the company is the offering of naturally sourced ingredients to make haircare and skincare products. The overall goal was to enhance the e-commerce first aspect of the website, influence buyers choices from selecting products and driving sales for the hair services.


Inspiration and Research


To focus on what needed to change, I began the customer research and research on the competition. Working with the owner, I started the competitor research by asking about who they consider a competitor in their market and also their style inspirations. The client identified the following companies as both style guides and also competitors: Kiya Cosmetics, Afrocenchix, Only Curls, Flora Curl and Jim and Henry. With this information, I began looking at these different websites to see what they were doing successfully, what they did well and how these features could be reflected on the VP Royals website.



Kiya Cosmetics Homepage
Kiya Cosmetics Homepage




Kiya shop page
Kiya shop page

Afrocenchix Homepage
Afrocenchix Homepage


The highlights taken from analysing the competitor websites:


-Kiya Cosmetics and Only Curls website start with a sign up call to action for customers to receive a discount

-Kiya, Afrocenchix, have a clear banner slider with a hero image of the product - no text clash

-Bestsellers section to highlighted all the different products with customer ratings

-A section with what parts of the bodies their products should be used on

-Kiya have their customer review above the footer

-Kiya and Only Curls have Chatbots

-All showcase where they've been featured

-Afrocenchix keeping to 7 menu options (including the profile, cart and search icons)

- Kiya offered a filter section for products


The websites selected for the had similar features in style, clear menu layouts and CTA's to engage users to click. These websites have good UI and also follow good UX e-commerce conventions. The simplicity of the designs and layout allows the focus to be on the products instead of figuring out how to navigate through the website. These key elements have been listed as "crucial factors" by bigcommerce.co.uk.

This was an issue for VP Royals, as the website lacked clear organisation on the menu to allow users to purchase products. The several options could lead to confusing and users exiting the website.


This is what Nielsen's Norman Group identifies as UX principals for e-commerce product pages.

Must-Have

At an absolute minimum, product pages must have these core components.

  • Descriptive product name

  • Recognizable image(s)

  • Enlarged view of the image(s)

  • Price, including any additional product-specific charges

  • Clear product options, such as colour and size, and a way to select them

  • Product availability

  • Clearway to add an item to the cart, and clear feedback when it has been added

  • Concise and informative product description

Nice to Have

Shoppers generally expect and appreciate these elements on product pages, but not all sites and apps need each of these.

  • Customer or expert ratings or reviews, sortable or filterable by rating

  • Additional product images (rotated or detailed views, animated images of the product in use)

  • Product videos

  • Zoom or pan functionality on product images

  • Related product recommendations

  • Wishlist or registry tools

Fancy Features

These may be worthwhile for some products, but only if they are flawlessly executed with high usability and utility for the user.

  • Virtual try-on (for example, via photo upload or augmented reality)

  • Photo or video reviews from customers

  • Metadata and advanced filtering in reviews

  • Recurring- or subscription-purchase options

  • Product customization tools

  • 360° photos

  • Step-by-step how-to videos or animations


Customer Research


Looking at the competition, I decided to then create a survey to target users who would these sites. All the companies, including VP Royals, target mainly Black women from the UK. This is seen from the images used on the website and the reason behind using natural products due to the negative impact mainstream products can have on afro hair.


Survey Questions

  1. What's your sex/gender?

  2. How old are you?

  3. How do you usually buy hair and skincare products?

  4. How often do you purchase hair or skin products?

  5. Have you heard or used any of these companies?

  6. Would you recommend any of these companies or another company that sells hair and/or skincare?

  7. How important is using natural products on your hair and skin to you?

  8. How likely are you to buy natural hair and/or skin products?

  9. Would you book hair services through a website that sells hair products? E.g. booking a wash and go or restorative treatment

  10. When buying hair and/or skincare products, what do you look for?

Survey Highlights

  • 70% of women

  • 90% between the age of 22-29

  • 80% buy their hair and skin care products online

  • 30% buy products monthly

  • 40% had heard of Afrocenhix

  • 40% hadn't heard of any of the competitors

  • 60% said it was very important for the products they used to be natural (free from chemicals)

  • 80% are likely to purchase natural products

  • 60% would book a hair service online (a feature of VP Royals)

  • 90% rated customer reviews and product quality as a factor when purchasing hair and skincare products


Design

With the competitor and inspiration research, I was able to map out what the website would look like for both UI and how to enhance the user's experience on the website.

Wireframes

I began wireframing the website to map the user journey to enhance the experience.

Home page:








The new focus of the website is the menu organsation, booking hair services and enhance the users journey from start to checkout. The change in the main menu to help users make a decision quicker by directing them (Fitt's Law). Although several pages have been created, only 6 options feature in the menu to help users make a decision on the website (Miller's Law and Hick's Law).

The design focus is to align the style more similar to the competitor websites (Jakob's Law) and more of a focus on driving sales. Users often perceive aesthetically pleasing design as design that’s more usable (Aesthetic Usability Effect).


Home Page Designs





I created three versions of the homepage and did 5 second tests to see what users picked up on.

Comments received:

  • The yellow is too bright

  • One colour on the page works better

  • Easier to read when text is on a solid colour

Changes


Home Page
Home Page



Product Page
Product Page

Hair Services Page
Hair Services Page

Shop page
Shop page

Gift Card Page
Gift Card Page

About/Our Story Page
About/Our Story Page

Ingredients Page
Ingredients Page

Contact Page
Contact Page

Sign In Page
Sign In Page

Some Of The Changes Made:

  • Organised menu - reducing the menu to 7 options (including the icos) - Miller's Law

  • Change hero image to the slideshow to make the text easier to read

  • Using similar shades for the homepage

  • Including a chatbot

  • "Natural" section would be changed to videos to showcase the products

  • Balanced sales items

  • Focus on hair services

  • Product filter added to the shop

  • Colour contrast

Conclusion


With the website now better optimised for an e-commerce experience, the process was put together on WordPress. The real copy was added and a few changes were made to the website to better fit the design and selection of photos. The client was happy with the changes as the design is more aligned with their vision.


The main goal was to improve the user experience to increase sales on the website. The changes removes previous barriers so people visiting can become consumers and purchase from the website.

You can view and buy from the VP Royals website here: https://vproyals.com/



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