Unified or centralized location for related operations is one of the major trends in internet world. We all are looking for a single interface for getting the things in a better way. A single site for buying cloths, books, single site for booking tickets, single site for finding historical information, etc. Moreover, along with a single interface if the site works across multiple devices handled by us, then that site become a preferred site for us.
uCertify is one of such site, which address all our professional certification needs. It provides a single window to access main certification from multiple vendors like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, and so on. Along with the variety of certification offerings, the site built on the responsive design principles, where the site render properly in devices like PC, Tablet, and Mobile.
Major features observed:
- Single Window for all certification needs
- Responsive design
- Courses grouped under various categories by Vendors
- Good search suggestions depends on the search
Refer the collaborative certification tool at http://www.ucertify.com
But, the site is having some improvement areas too. One of the major drawbacks is the search, which is not implemented to satisfy a normal user. As a .Net specialist, I would like to see the courses/certifications related to “.NET Framework” and entered the same in the search box and received good number of certification list as part of the search suggestion.
But, unfortunately the logic used in the search page is different and I have end up with the following screen. Expecting that the team will incorporate more search features where the user can search the content using keywords like WCF, .NET Framework, Azure, etc.
We can refer the site features from the top links like Students, Educators, Authors, Publishers and About. Another area, where I have received a surprise is the feature list. When we select any of the top links, we will be redirected to the page with the features specific to that particular set of users. Here, we will be end up in set of screens, referring to the screen shots of “jigyaas” site. Moreover, the menus and feature list are different from the uCertify site.
You may end up in many questions like:
- What is the role of this “jigyaas” screen shots in uCentify?
- How the features mapped from “jigyass” screen shot to uCertify features?
Another observation is when we navigate to the blog feature under the About menu, you will loss all the navigations and top menus.
Another great feature is the Course Advisor, but with lot of issues in implementation. When I selected Web Developer, I have received number of certification options. Along with the same, when I selected IT Professional, search returns no certification.
Does it mean that a Web Developer will not be an IT Professional?
I will be exploring more features in terms of the Course Content, associated quiz, preparation tests and related features in next one week. I will be posting a detailed review on the course quality and effectiveness soon.