While designing a website it’s important to be creative. Besides that, it is even more important to ensure that the ideas you implement are usable. Here are 25 web design blunders you make unknowingly.
Remember, your website is a utility first and you’re not building the website for yourself but for the user. So you have to keep their interest first.
Simplicity is key
Complicated sites are ambiguous and therefore boring for the user. In as much as you want to put your creative ideas to good use, be sure to keep them simple and straight to the point e.g avoid using fancy fonts that are unreadable.
Never use blinking text it create pressure
Blinking text makes your website appear cheap and somehow spammy. Avoid this outdated strategy at all costs. If whatever you’re marketing is wort its salt, then there’s absolutely no need to worry because your users are definitely going to find it! You don’t need to pressure them to it.
Use minimum steps
The smaller the number of steps your users need to access your content, the better your fortunes. Remember your visitors only have a couple of seconds to spend on your website.
Invest in readability
Long gone are the days when huge blocks of text were the in thing. The fashionable thing to do nowadays is to divide your content into small paragraphs with several sub-headings so the visitor has an easy time scanning through it.
Never re-size the user’s window
The user likes to be in control of his actions. Therefore desist from the urge to re-size their window as this may mess things up on their side and make them lose the trust they initially had on you.
Let them subscribe willingly
The worst blunder you can ever do is to subscribe your users to something without seeking their consent first. Sending unsolicited emails to look for followers is a big no-no.
Avoid pop ups
Pop ups are no longer ideal for professional sites. There is a growing number of pop-blockers out there in the world and you really can’t afford to use that option at this time and age.
Contacts are paramount
What’s the use of having a website if its users cannot contact you? Make sure to have clear contact details in an easy-to-access section of your website.
No more music
The idea that music is good for your website is wrong. If you must put some music for your users to listen to, make sure there’s a play button somewhere on your site so the user can control the music.
Careful with the award badges
We all love to talk about our past achievements in order to build our credibility. That’s awesome but again it is not right to clutter your website with badges. Use the “About Us” page for this purpose.
Let them know what you’re about, quickly
Majority of internet users have little time to waste. They simply want to find what they need within the shortest amount of time possible. Make sure that the visitor is sure what your site is all about within the first 4 seconds of finding your site.
Complex URLS are a big no-no
You don’t need a Harvard University graduate to help you design a complex URL structures to thrive. A simple, keyword based structure is enough to improve your search engine rank and make it easier for the user to identify with your site.
Make it navigable
If your users are facing problems navigating through your website, then you’re losing huge opportunities. Be sure to make your site easy to navigate so users can find the information they need with ease.
The CSS revolution is inevitable
CSS is your fastest option when it comes to creating page layouts. If you’re stick stuck in the HTML error, it’s time to take a step forward.
Let them know when you’re diverting them to PDF
Users find it very annoying when they click on a link that diverts them to a PDF file without alerting them. Be sure to alert them if you require them to access a PDF file.
Don’t mix ads with your content
Avoid blending advertising inside your content. This may go down well with short-term PPC marketing but you can be sure it will dent your opportunities over the long-run because its all most likely leave your visitors annoyed.
Long intros are a nuisance
Do not woo the user to read or watch something before they can access the real content. Users find long, coercive intros quite annoying so cut to the chase.
Different browsers have different requirements. You therefore need to design your site in such a way that it is compatible with most of the used browsers of the day.
Links should be visible
The user should be in a position to tell which links are clickable and which ones are not. Use a contrasting color to highlight your links. Make clicked links change color.
Avoid GIF Images
Unless your niche requires you to use them, GIFs often makes your site look unprofessional, clogged and a bit spammy. Avoid them if you can.
Theme is important
Stick to one authentic theme for your website. Do not alter it midway as this may affect your visitors confidence in you. If you must use multiple themes, choose another website.
Use medium length
Lengthy pages are an instant turn-off to many a web user. Keep your content short and simple and always ensure that your pages are not too long.
Horizontal scrolling is even worse
If you thought vertical scrolling is a tall order, then horizontal scrolling is even worse. Plus most screen nowadays use 1024X768 pixels. Make sure your website fits within this resolution range.
Careful with Captcha text
If you’re using Captcha text to control spamming, then make sure it is visible. Users don’t have a whole day to spend trying to interpret your ambiguous codes. It is a wise thing to introduce an audio link to help the user easily interpret the provided captcha text in case they have poor vision.
Use a color that adheres to your corporate colors. Most importantly, use a combination of colors that make the site look warm. Avoid straining the eye.
There you go; the 25 great blunders to avoid in web-design. Avoid them like a plague!
About Author: Levi Herris is an online consultant for Clarity Way Rehab Center . He likes to blog on various areas of Online marketing and ways to boost business