Have you experienced visiting websites that are cluttered? Or worse do not even provide the necessary information you are looking for? Granted that nobody is perfect; but imperfection shouldn’t be an excuse in web designs especially when you wish to target your market or even the public who gets curious about your product.
Hundreds or thousands of websites are created everyday relatively the same to the number of visitors who wish to have access on your product. As technology generates and developments are made, it is indeed neither important nor necessary for your product to avail what the internet and technology freely offers – Web Designing. However, it goes with how you design your site to look creative, decent, accessible and most importantly user-friendly.
Here is the important question you must always consider – What is the composition of a good website? Web designers unconsciously forget why the website was made and consider their preference in making a take for themselves. Keep in mind, you design the website not for your benefit but to address the concerns and resolve the users’ needs. It should always be usability over creativity; nevertheless, both could always go together to come up with a good website.
Here are the Top 5 Web Design Mistakes to avoid:
1. Unorganized Content
In designing your website, you must always give priority first on the content of your site. Users don’t visit websites for creativity’s sake. Users scan through the website when they need relevant information they need, so it is highly significant to compose what your site or product is all about in a simple yet comprehensive manner. Users don’t read the whole content unless they need to determine every single detail they need.
Some designers just bombard the title page with a block of paragraph all in one. Remember, the goal for you is to make the site accurate, accessible, significant and updated. Lengthy information does not work. Organize the content and allot enough whitespace between your text and images by using margins. Make sure that you consistently update its content.
2. Poor Readability
This is the most crucial element in a website next to content. More than significant information, readability must cope up with content. What you write on your website becomes futile once users experience the dilemma of poor legibility.
One must be wary and careful on the font styles and sizes to avoid bizarre output. A simple tip that one may consider is to observe how other websites mix color schemes that present an endearing and decent presentation on users’ eyes. Another thing is to deem what your site is all about to have a consistent branding of your product.
3. Conflicting Interface Design
Designing a website should not be taken literally excessive. It can only do so much! Some designers have a propensity to create various designs for every webpage within a website. This only concludes inconsistency and most probably annoyance. Make it simple. The more simple and consistent the design is, the more it gives an outstanding and attractive overall look. Web designers must use a standard template for every webpage consistent to that of the main page.
4. Poor Navigation Tools
Your visitor must know and understand how to navigate your website without giving him a hassle wasting his time figuring out how to find information. You have to assure that you split your content into sections that can be easily identified. Ideally, you want it not to be tedious for your visitors looking for details they are searching for. What you can do is to branch out from your homepage from the most important details going to the least ones. A layered approach works pretty well for most users as it gives them the important information about your company or product at one glance.
5. Unnecessary Registration Forms
This is one of the common mistakes in web designs. Some websites require visitors much information in registering, may it be for inquiries or comments. Remember, users visit a website to inquire information. Not the other way around. You have to make sure that all necessary details are provided in your website. As a designer, do not assume that you are a user who knows everything about the company or product because definitely you do. Set yourself as a common visitor and question – what are the things that are frequently asked? As a suggestion, provide FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) or provide contact details to where the company can be reached if the user needs other information. This imposes an interactive approach between the company and the user.
In conclusion, remember CARS, be Consistent, Accurate, Relevant and Simple.
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