Sometimes you want to finish a project but you don’t know enough about it to even get started. At those times, you need people who have an intimate knowledge of their profession, or the result can be disastrous.
However, not everyone can afford the services of a professional. If you’re designing your own website, for example, whether for business or pleasure, you can improve your final site by examining other people’s mistakes.
Fear the Frames
Web design went through a phase where frames were popular. One frame contained navigation tools, while a larger frame displayed web content. At their best, frames are an ungainly feature. At their worst, clicking on an external link displays the new website in the original site’s content frame.
Search engines find indexing frame-based websites difficult, as a frame-based website is a multi-page site using only one URL: the frame page. And from a purely aesthetic view, framed websites were popular in the mid-1990s, and then became less common. Using web design from the 1990s is like wearing a business suit that’s a decade out of style.
Popup windows hold a special place in the world of bad web design, if only because they’re universally detested. Some websites use them to send messages, redirect to new sites, and provide extra information.
Here’s the thing. If the information is that important, it should be on the main website, not shoved into a popup window. And users hate popups. Even if they don’t have a popup blocker active on their website, people close popups without paying attention to them, because they just assume the new window is an advertisement.
You know this type of site, the one with animated gifs for no apparent reason. The one with text that scrolls, fades and sparkles across the page. The one with rapidly flashing graphics that make you think the web designer was laying a trap for epileptics.
Busy does not translate into appealing when it comes to web design. Nor does a cluttered site look professional. This type of web design is acceptable only if the website owner is a tween Twilight fan. It’s unforgivable if you’re running a business, but some organizations can’t resist substituting flash for content.
Not Considering Viewing Options
When designing a website, you have to test it on multiple browsers. You have to also consider the device website visitors use. A website that looks amazing on a desktop can look like a tangled mess on a smartphone screen. Today’s websites have to look good — and load quickly — on mobile devices.
The best way to accomplish this is to hire an experienced web designer. The cost is less than you’d think, and the advantages of creating a professional site far outweigh any other considerations.
Carly is an aspiring writer who currently works for a SEO company. She is constantly looking to expand her portfolio by creating content on a plethora of subjects, and loves that blogging allows her to share her writing with people all over the world.
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