13 Website Design Mistakes that Designers Should Avoid
August 10th, 2010
Author: Mark Wilston
Category : web design
Website Designing is an art as well as a science. In the last decade, web design market has become very competitive. You ought to innovate some or the other thing in your work if you want to survive in this market. Also, Internet surfers have become so smart that they can easily make out the difference between a good and poor website. The usability experience of the website tells the whole story and even takes you behind the scene. You need to be cautious while designing a website and should avoid committing mistakes. Based on these lines, this post is to avail you with the most horrible website design mistakes that should not have been the part of the website ever. Just scroll down to see the list—
- Being Fancy and Stylish Unnecessarily:
Most of the times, in the desire of making your website more fancy and stylish, you ruin the basic essence and forget that a person visits your site for a particular piece of information and if your website lacks readability then, what? You would drive away the potential customer. Try and maintain a sophisticated attitude in your taste. Yes, we talking about the fonts that you would be using for the content of the site. Use a font that should take the very basic idea of the website forward and should not make it complex for the visitors.
- Seeking Attention, Rather than Provoking it:
The idea of your website should be in such a way that it should provoke the visitors to go through the site at least once. The very landing page of the site should be able to reveal the basic idea of the whole site. Attention is the most valuable asset that the online industry takes advantage of. The landing page and the content should be subtle and ought to hold the crux of the entire site.
- Forcing Advertisements and Pop-Ups on Visitors:
Don’t ruin the users’ experience with unnecessary ads and pop-ups. This happens when any external link, automatically opens up in a new window discarding the fact how the user wants it. The main point is to provide this liberty to the user itself and allow him/her to open up the link anywhere he/she wants to. This way, you won’t be forcing your page on the visitor.
- Grammatical Errors:
Nothing can spare your site’s reputation of the horrifying damages that it would encounter if it contains simple grammatical and typo errors. Make sure that you double check the content before making the website live.
- Complex navigation system:
Don’t create constraints and obstacles in the path of visitors and make it difficult for the visitors to move around the website. Make a clear and a simple navigation system preferably not that drop down menus, which hide the information. A straight forward and a menu straight in front of the eye is what the visitor looks out for. A confused navigation can drive the visitors away.
- Excessive use of flash:
Don’t make over-use of Flashy images and the glittery animation that overshadow the real purpose of the site and prove to be a real nuisance. In addition, it annoys the visitor at the first place only because it increases the website’s loading time, and it becomes the biggest turn off.
- Asking for Registrations at Every Step:
This is important especially in the case of E-Commerce web design. Spare your visitors from the additional headache of registering themselves for any darn information. Seriously, the procedure becomes a pain in the neck until and unless it serves a purpose and the visitor is willing to do it. Avoiding this will also help you in improving sales and revenue in case you own an E-Commerce business.
- Bad Colour Scheme:
As it is said that colour scheme holds a lot of relevance in deciding the destiny of your website. A vibrant colour scheme would surely lead your website nowhere, except being a headache. Colours set the mood and they should be used in accordance to the basic idea of your website. They should be subtle and be able to merge with the theme. For instance, if you are working on kids’ website, then you may think of using bright and dark colours, but if you are working on a corporate website, then you need to use classy scheme of colors to give it professional look.
- Complex URL structure:
This is the most simple and the easiest point to understand. A clean and a short URL for the pages of your site would help the visitor to get an idea what it talks about. Unnecessary long URL structure not only hampers your web page’s search engine ranking, but also makes it difficult and complex for the visitors to remember, no matter how important your page tends to be.
- Music is not pleasing all the time:
Music cannot be pleasing all the time, but can become a biggest annoying factor for the visitors. If it is necessary then, make it an option for the visitor whether to play it or not. You never know where the person is sitting and accessing your site, it can be the workplace or may be any meeting. Don’t make it an embarrassing and annoying situation for them.
- Avoiding CSS for HTML:
With the advent of CSS, HTML is no more an essential. Gone are those days when you had to use HTML tables. Now, the CSS is easy, fast, and a reliable option available that is laden with ample of advanced features.
- Overlooking the Importance of Usability Testing:
It is by far, the most important set of mistake that cannot afford to be overlooked. This is the sole factor that decides on to the quality of your web age in different environments such as Firefox, Opera, IE, Safari and many more. You need to check the consistency and accessibility of the website.
A good content, subtle and a classy design (with a colour scheme and a background that merges with the basic theme of your website), and the easy accessibility and the usability of the website never fails to make its visitors addicted to your page. Make sure that you keep the above mentioned errors in your mind, while designing a website next time.