Do you use right terms for user authentication?

Last updated by Tiago Araújo [SSW] 6 months ago.See history

The words we choose can significantly impact user experience. One such area of careful consideration is the language surrounding user authentication.

User authentication

While "Log in" has been widely used in the past, for modern applications it is preferred to use "Sign in". The term is widely recognized, intuitive, and aligns well with the modern user's expectations.

Note: The term "Login" as a noun (no spaces) is still widely used in content, often interchangeably with the term "username."

Warning: It's advised to steer clear of using "logon." This term, although it may have historical roots, has fallen out of favor and could potentially confuse users. Opting for more widely accepted alternatives ensures a smoother user experience.

Use "Register" for creating acccounts

When prompting users to create accounts, "Sign up" may cause confusion with "Sign in". Based on that, "Register" can offer a clearer indication of the action being taken, fostering a sense of formality and commitment.

Note: "Join" is a versatile term that can be suitable, depending on the context. For instance, it works well when inviting users to become part of a group or community.

Always align terminology with the expectations and preferences of your target audience to create a seamless and positive interaction. By embracing the clearer, user-friendly terms "Sign in" and "Register" we can contribute to a more intuitive and consistent user experience.

Adam Cogan
Matt Goldman
Tiago Araujo
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