What a great blog post on the many ways a user experience designer can present the "user signup". One thing is clear, a bad (or difficult) signup workflow will kill a website by denying the very registered users it is designed to service.
Personally, I've always strived for a super-simple signup (as simple as the website's own needs allows.) Even if we later allow the user to come back and add further information!
And one of my pet-peeves is NOT providing value for effort! In other words, if a website requires me to signup in order to use it, they BETTER PROVIDE ME VALUE. Just reading content is NOT value enough! Provide me BETTER ways to read content, perhaps!
See the full article on the Digital Telepathy website, UX Flows: Signup
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