Try This Test: Clarify Login/Guest Checkout Options

Brandon Howell Conversion Rate Optimization Author


A quick search will yield thousands of articles filled with best practices for boosting your conversion rates. At ROI Revolution, we believe in testing, testing, testing. We’re all selling different products, using different pitches, and relying on different platforms. What works for one site does not always work for another – so test it!

If you missed the first two posts in our series, don’t fret! You can check them out below:

In this week’s Try This Test installment, we’ll take a look at a site in the agriculture space. 


Analytics data, backed up by heatmaps, showed that confusion was happening at the first step of checkout.


At this stage in the evolution of ecommerce, users are conditioned to expect the option to checkout as a guest or log into their existing account. A third option to create an account during checkout is often offered at the beginning or end of the checkout process.

By clarifying the two standard options (login or guest), we will create a more linear checkout process that will help more users successfully convert.


Conversion optimizers tend to obsess over removing as many steps as possible from forms and processes, with the idea of streamlining the user experience. However, in some cases, adding a step can help clarify the user journey and provide for a better experience.

In this particular test, in the first step of the checkout process, we added a layout that had two buttons: one for “Login” and another for “Guest Checkout.” After this point, the corresponding form was shown to the user and the remainder of the checkout process was the same.


screenshot of checkout pages on desktop and mobile how they originally appeared

Variation 1:
screenshot of checkout page on desktop and mobile with option to check out by logging in or as a guest


green arrow pointing up with blue text saying 5.58% conversion rate increase

Variation 1, with the added clarifying checking out step, had the best performance, with a 5.58% lift in conversion rate at a 99% confidence level.

Try It Yourself

Is the first step of your checkout process crystal clear? If your user is required to scan the full contents of the layout in order to determine how to proceed, you risk checkout abandonment.

To reduce friction and ultimately increase conversion rates, try testing different wording and design treatments that clarify the guest/login options for checkout.

Are you looking to optimize your ecommerce brand’s conversion rates? Get in touch with our expert team today for a free conversion review! And if you’re looking for more conversion rate optimization information, you can check out some of our free resources below.

Stay tuned for the rest of the posts in our Try This Test series!

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