Biggest Web Design Mistakes
- Posted in Monkie's Blog
- Monday, 14 April 2014 08:00
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People have been designing websites for decades, and although there are many ways to go about it, there are still some rules to follow and mistakes that should be avoided. Here are a few of the most common mistakes seen in web design.
Poor text layout
If you have to present text on your website, make sure that it is as easy to read as possible. A wall of text is fine in books and magazines because people are comfortable reading it, but even then it has to be well laid out. But reading from a computer screen is not the same experience as reading from paper, which is why you have to take extra effort to make it easy to read. Use bullet lists, subheadings and short paragraphs and sentences throughout. Keep your writing style simple and use an active voice whenever you can.
Poor site navigation
Users should be able to navigate your website seamlessly and find what they want without any problems. There are no standard rules for good navigation, especially since the technologies that allow access to the internet change and improve. However, the key to good navigation is consistency and intuitiveness. If you plan on using text for navigation, make sure it is concise. If you use hyperlinks, make it stand out from the main body of content. Remove dead links as soon as possible to avoid confusion.
You can also add a textual description for the links on the website and alt text for the images. Keep your content structure in the same order as the theme of your website. There is more scope for different navigation structures in personal website design, but business websites call for clarity and efficiency. Keep the three-click rule in mind, which is that users need to find what they want on your website within three clicks.
Inconsistency in design
Website design is a very creative process, and sometimes designs tend to go a bit overboard with the creativity by making new designs and looks for every web page. However, one of the major elements of good, professional website design is consistency. To maintain consistency, you can use a standard template for every page on your site and keep that design simple and straightforward.
Unfit screen resolution
The last thing people want to see when they see websites today is a horizontal scroll bar. Your website should be able to fit the user’s screen size. This can be difficult to do when visitors are looking at your site with everything from their smart-phones to 27” displays and larger. You could analyze the data from Google Analytics or other similar services to find out what monitor resolution most of your target audience is using but the best practice to not alienate anyone is to optimize for all screen resolutions as much as possible so everyone can have a positive experience when visiting your site.
Long and complicated registration forms
If you have any forms requesting information from your visitor on your website, which you should, avoid making them long and complicated. Users come to your website to acquire information, not give it. Therefore forms are often seen as obstacles to get to the information that they want. To minimize the hassle, keep your forms simple, logically laid out and easy to fill.
Needing an update of your website or perhaps a complete redesign? Remember, a great web site should be a balance of visual aesthetics, simple functionality and great content.