Web designers know what it takes to create a great website and watch it mint money for us or a client. It gives us a lot of joy and satisfaction to see our efforts come to fruition. However, web design errors love to rain on our parade and this is always a major turn off to website visitors.
It is definitely bad for business, not only for web designers but the clients too. There are many web design errors but these are the most common, some which have ruined major lucrative projects. Every designer has to be very keen during each step of web design. Any wrong move can cost you a career in this enviable field.
Your website defines you and so it must be solid and consistent. Too many colors and fonts may come off as instability and nobody fancies that, especially in business relationships. Two colors, when properly blended will work perfectly. Fonts need not be more than three, else your website visitors will easily be put off.
Too Many Pages
You need not have numerous pages if all your information can easily fit in one scroll down page.Your web visitors have limited time and so they will not be willing to ‘probe’ your website further for important information.
Slow Load Time
Nothing irritates me more than a website that loads at snail speed and I bet other web visitors have a similar opinion.Test your website as many times as you can and ensure that the loading speed is okay. Get rid of unnecessary pomp that may be slowing your loading speed.
Visible Raw Edges
This is mostly seen in logos and icons. Raw or jagged edges display an obvious lack of attention to detail, which reduces consumer confidence in the brand you are presenting.
You have occasionally clicked on some links and they do nothing. Well, website visitors will also do nothing when you expect them to read, buy or share something on your site. Be keen while testing the website. Such seemingly small details can cause irreversible damage to your business.
Missing Important Links
This is far worse than dead links. Some websites have no ‘contact’ links and this may be a major reason why their businesses are failing. Another will have no ‘terms and conditions’ link which creates more problems later during transactions. Web design gurus should always be careful not to omit such important details.
Too Much Text
Your web visitors are not there to read a stack of unsightly text, unless that’s the purpose of the website. If it isn’t, text usage should be minimal but clear and content straight to the point.
Typos and Spelling Mistakes
Website visitors will never forget the mistakes you make, one more reason why you must thoroughly proofread content before going live. Always get a second opinion from a knowledgeable person. They may spot mistakes that you are blind to.
Ease of access is very important for any website. Website users need to be able to seamlessly go from one page to another . Put a link to the home page on every page so that users do not have to struggle too much. Remember, the user always has his/her options open. Don’t allow them to choose your competitor over you.
Opening a Link in New Window.
If they didn’t tell you during your web design classes, I’m telling you now. It is wrong to force a website user to open a new window on their own browser. Let the user stay in control. If your brand is good enough, they will heed to the call to action. Do not force yourself on them. It is a desperate move.
Any form of audio, even jingle bells,are simply annoying. Period.
Poor Quality Photographs
Every photograph you use should rhyme with the brand, whether a product or service. Color and size also make a big difference. Choose the best, while keeping in mind the purpose of the website and the emotions you wish to evoke in the user.
There are more mistakes people make in web design. Add yours in the comment section. We’ll be glad to have your input.