Top 10 Web Design Mistakes and What to Avoid

1. Advertising

Everyone wants to make money online and there is nothing wrong with that. It is how you do it is what matters. If you want to make money with your site you need to consider your audience. If your audience is at a computer site, don’t make the mistake of putting up a credit card or dating banner on the side. They have nothing to do with your content. If you want to advertise something and get a higher conversion rate, make your advertisements about your site. Your content should always be relative to your other pages. With that in mind don’t clutter advertisements and/or trick people to click on them.

2. Splash Screen

A Splash Screen is a waste of the developers and your visitor’s time. You do not want to force your visitor to watch or read something they are not interested in. Nothing is worse than having to wait 30 seconds for a flash movie to play. They want to get in, find what they are looking for and get out. If you have your heart is set on a splash screen, make sure you put a link to skip it, your visitor will need it.

3. Too Much Text

Web development is an interesting market. You have to have lots of good content for your visitors to read and food for the search engine spider. But having too much text can be a bad thing. This can take away from the design aspect. You visitors will love bullets points and text headers. Break up your content. The most important thing about text is not the length, but the quality. Put down what you need to say and stop.

4. Overcrowded Content

This will connect with step 4. Watch out how much content, graphics and/or videos you are putting on your page. This can affect usability and loading time. Keep you site focused on your goal and keep it organized. Don’t crowd with banners, advertising and links to other content. A balanced of white space on a site is just as important then the content.

5. Color Design

Colors can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Be careful of the colors you are using. If you are a dark background make sure your font is a light color and visa a versa. Stay away from bright colors. Dull colors are not only in style right now, but are very clean, easy to read and professional. Also check to see if you colors are web safe colors. If you pick colors that isn’t a web standard, there is a chance that the computer will pick a color and your design will be altered.

6. Horizontal Scrolling

Some sites get to wide and your visitors and this can be problem. If your visitor doesn’t notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom, they will miss the right side of your page. The standard width for a website is 1024 x 768 pixels. This is changing as your visitors will be going to a bigger resolution, but until they do…watch the size.

7. Know how to use Flash

Flash is cool and can be very interactive. But don’t use it for your entire site. Flash sites have not conquered usability. Developers get caught up in the design aspects of flash and forget usability and simplicity. These two aspects are very important. Flash is very good at banners, advertising, and some navigation. Flash is great to keep your visitors on your site using some type of interactive application. If you want to use Flash for your site, remember that search engine spiders don’t see flash content.

8. Cross Web Browser Capability

There are many different web browsers that are used to surf the internet and developers hate it. Some coding techniques are very hard to please all the different internet browsers. You need to make sure that you don’t dedicate your site to only one of them. Test your site is ALL kinds of internet browsers. There is a tool on this site that will do it for you is BrowerShots.com.

9. Usability

Usability is very important. Usability should be one of your main goals. Stop and think, usability can bring your visitors in. With small fixes and changes to your site. It could change how your visitor reacts to your site and also lower your bounce rate. If your visitor can’t interact with your site and has problems finding what they are looking for, they are leaving. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

10. Avoid Web Design Mistakes

Make sure you understand all the different web design mistakes. You can take just one of these web design mistakes and destroy your website. Each of these are just as important as the other. You can get away with having a couple of them on a small scale. But if you have one of these is on a major scale, you will lose traffic because of it. These are all easy to avoid, just try it.