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Are there UX concerns with having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location? [Resolved]

In this case these buttons both go to a portal where the user must login. I feel like there's a bad "UX smell" (or anti-pattern) having two side-by-side buttons go to the same location, but I can also see that we're providing more information to the user.

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Question Credit: Eric Johnson
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Asked July 11, 2019
Posted Under: UI UX
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It's not a big deal that the user must goto the same portal to login. However, it is an annoyance if after the user logs in, the system promptly forgets they want to change beneficiaries and dump them to a non-specific landing page. Why do you ask the user to make a choice when their choice doesn't matter?

So, if it's possible to redirect users upon login to the specific area they initially clicked on, then it make sense to have the 2 buttons.

If that's not possible, consider making that a single button and update the description to be descriptive about what the user can do in the portal.

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Answered July 11, 2019

I would expect the Change Beneficiaries button to go not to the same landing page as the Enroll/Make Changes button, but to a sub-level page - presumably setting or changing beneficiaries would be a sub-section of enrolling or making changes.

If you drop the user who just wants to change that one element onto a page that does not let them directly make that change, you may frustrate them because they have to dig further to find what they want. That, or you have SO many settings on the Enroll/Make Changes page that you would want to either send them to an anchor on that page for the section they want... or more likely you should re-think how your information is structured and chunked!

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Answered July 11, 2019

yes there is a problem with two buttons side by side going to the same location. 1. I would agree one button with info as to whats inside - doing this would only have the user find what they thought they were getting on the first button click

  1. Consider the two buttons but make sure if tis the same landing page that the specific destination is carried with the click. Like cookies--- so coding would sound something like if this button log in if successful go to unique landing page.

  2. Two btns - one destination and that user may need both from time to time you loose credibility there are smarter more effective ways to handle it.

Good luck - hope that helped.


credit: Mikal
Answered July 11, 2019

There are two thoughts here:

  1. I do agree that if the user clicks on an action "change beneficiaries" then their expectation would be to land on that specific page post authentication. Generic page will be a very confusing page to land on. Your are essentially misleading the user and forcing them to look for desired page / information (which is bad UX). Many applications capture the page a user wishes to access and if the user is not authenticated, the application forces them through the authentication process. Post authentication, the application redirects the user to the page which was originally requested.

  2. You may have different target audiences coming to the section of the page and a single CTA button "Portal Sign In" just does not cut it, because a big portion of your audience won't be able to connect the dots and understand the "stuff" they need to do is within "your portal". Your goal here is to capture two or multiple most common actions people do and ensure no matter what their agenda is, they will know where to click / go.

Caveat: you may still miss a small group of visitors who still need to go to "the portal" to do different activities, you need to make sure they have a clear CTA as well to get into the portal.

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Answered July 11, 2019
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