Mistakes to avoid while web designing
Till date, we have had many articles ranging from the best
ways to design a website to website checklist, including guidelines
on how tro design a good website. We have also discussed the
guidelines provided by google for web designing. Now, let's
take a path crossed not so often. Let us see what mistakes
the web designers usually make and the mistakes that should
be avoided while web designing.
1. Unplanned website
A mistake in the foundation, and the structure you build on
it is bound to fall. Planning your website is the most important
factor in the success of your website. If you ignore this,
your website is going to fail. Even before you have your website,
you should have clear idea on the focus of the webiste. Why
do you need a website ? Your plans , your goals ? Think over
the information that you want to provide, also give a thought
to what pages would you like to have on your website. In short,
get clear with the idea about the purpose and focus of your
2. No contact information or concealing contact information.
Why do people visit your website --- for information ! and
eventually contact you if they are interested in your products.
But if you do not provide any contact information or conceal
the correct information, you are making the prospective customer
frustrated. Have a contact us page on your website displayed
prominently, provide all the relevant and correct contact
information. Better, provide them with a link to your email
on each page in the footer. While forms do look pretty and
professional, they irritate the customer. If possible, do
not use forms.
3. Dead links or broken links.
People come to your site for information about your company,
products or services. But what if, you do not provide the
information. You lose them ! Imagine, going to a multiplex
to catch the latest movie and being told that movie print
has not yet been delivered ? Same happens when, there is a
dead link or a broken link on your website. If you are luring
people to your website with information, than make sure that
you do provide what they want.
4. Old or Outdated Information
How much shall we stress the importance of this point. Well,
at the risk of sounding repititive let me tell that people
come to your site for information, but if you provide old,
stale or outdated information than you had it. People are
always looking the information that is new and fresh. Make
sure that you provide the latest information --- this will
earn credibility for your website.
5. No Uniformity
I wonder why people always like to use as many fonts and colors
in a single website. This is not the coloring book of a child,
or you are not out creating a rainbow. Make sure that there
is uniformity in your web design. Recently I was reviewing
a website and I was horrified to see that it was made in 7
different fonts and as many colors. Induce uniformity in fonts,
font size and colors. It's not to say that you should not
use different colors, but keep it uniformed.
6. No Heirarchy - No Sitemap
Each and every web design should follow a structure, it is
like every tree has a stem, a bark, branches, flowers &
fruits. Web site designing should follow the same, every website
should have its home page and every major page should be linked
from the home page. Every page should be linked from atleast
one other page. In short, every page should have a parent
page linking to it. Create a sitemap which will show the structure
of your website, so that it becomes easier for the visitors
to surf your website.
7. Using Frames
Stop using frames. They are out. Period !
8. Blocking visitors mobility.
There are many web designers who like to show off their newly
acquired skills, by using small codes, which are available
freely, on your website. Like disabling the BACK button, or
opening too many pop up windows, or disabling the right click
button. Beware, this might be disastrous for your website.
Do not block the mobility of website visitors, let them do
what they want to and eventualyy you will see that they like
your website or atleast they will hold it in good stead.
9. Slow website - Slow downloading.
If in an attempt to dazzle your web visitor you make use of
excessive flash and graphic effects, than most probably the
size of the web page will increase many folds, and the web
visitor does not like waiting for it get displayed. Make sure
that you make minimum use of graphics & flash, and use
more of text instead which will enable your web page to load
faster and the web viistor will be intrigued and attached
to your website if it loads at a faster rate. Also consider
that web page loading time is dependent on your web host.
Rely on a good web hosting company to provide you with the
best web hosting plans.
10. Plugins and font downloads.
You may be excited to use the latest cutting edge technology
on your web design. But beware, before you do so. Since the
latest cutting edge technology might need some plugins to
be dispolayed correctly which you might have on your computer
but the chances are that the potential customer visiting your
website might not have the plug ins. Asking the web visitors
to download something to view your website is incredulously
stupid. No one has the time for that. So keept it simple !
If you avoid the above mistakes, rest be assured your website
is in the right direction of being a successful website. Web
Design Temple, designs state of the art websites. Creative
and visually appealing websites are our forte.