With the ease that comes with building websites these days especially after the introduction of wordpress templates, a web designer can easily designate himself a web design pro (and he chooses to stick with it even though he made it up himself).
The success of a website does not come with the ease of erecting one but with the little details that directly and indirectly affects the visitors that come to the site- the users are the bottom line of importance.
There are a number of mistakes that web designers make and today I’ll take you through 10 of them.
So here are my pick for the 10 biggest mistakes a web designer can make.
- Too Many Ads.
Have you come to a web site and right there an advert pops up in front of you, doesn’t it get you irritated?
Many new websites are fond of doing this. In an attempt to satisfy the owner who probably can’t wait to make money from his website many web designers overwhelm the site with ads.
When you place yourself in the shoes of your users as in the example above don’t the ads feel intrusive?
Ask yourself do I want my users to gain useful information from the site or are you trapping them into your ads nest.
- Plugin Overload.
The share appeal potential functionality of plugins can move a web designer to want to use every single free plugin he can find on the internet right on the site.
This can be irritating to the user who would likely not be interested in trying different plugins of the near same functions, not to mention the bit of confusion that comes with it.
You have to keep plugin usage to a maximum of 1 type per page. If you’ve got Flash, then you can’t have a media player, or if you’re using Java, then no Flash. It’s not as bad to use the same plugin twice.
- Flash Intros.
Please, don’t use a Flash intro on your website. They have been so overused that they’re becoming universally mocked. Point blank!
- Unclear Layout and Navigation.
Many websites, especially business sites, suffer from some kind of disease where the very simplest task takes 10 steps.
It is very important to keep your site as simple as you can. Make it easy for users to find what they are looking for easily.
As best as you can improve on your layout and make your navigation buttons easy to find.
If there are certain tasks people want to do frequently, put them on the front page.
That way you will make your web design work not to be about your dexterity to use different design, but to be about creating value for your users.
- No Marking for External Links.
There are 2 kinds of links: internal (to other parts of your website) and external (to other websites).
For the benefit of your users, it’s best if you mark external links, either by making them a different color or using some kind of a symbol (a box with an arrow is the usual one).
It’s also good to make the external links open in new windows, so people aren’t leaving your site altogether when they click them.
- Unclear Linking.
Some web pages are designed to show links only when users hover their mouse over them. While this might make the design look nicer, it is not very user friendly. Instead, use a clearly contrasting color for links, and preferably underline them. This makes them more visible to the users, thus more user friendly.
- Unlabeled Email Links.
Always clearly mark a link that will send email (a mailto link) with the word ’email’. If you turn clicking a name into send email, you’ll annoy users who expected to find out more about the person.
- Broken Links.
You should check your links regularly to make sure that they all still work. There’s nothing worse than finding a site that looks useful, only to find that it hasn’t been updated in years, so most of the links don’t work. While a website does mostly run itself after a while, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect essential maintenance.
- Strange Fonts.
Stick to the most common web fonts: that’s pretty much just Arial, Georgia, Tahoma and Verdana. If you use more obscure fonts, then most users won’t have them — and those that do will find your text hard to read. The only place for non-standard fonts is in your logo or headings, and then only if they are displayed as an image.
- Badly-sized Text.
It’s important to keep your text around the standard size. Making text too big or too small makes it hard to read and annoying for many users. The best thing you can do is use relative text sizing (not pixels) that allows the browser to respect the user’s preferred text size. You should also consider offering buttons on your site to decrease or increase the font size.
While this is not an exhaustive list these 10 Biggest Mistakes a Web Designer Can Make article pretty much put any web designer at a good footage to create an impressive effect on any website he chooses to build.
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