Things to Avoid in Designing a Website
Designing a website is not easy as some may think it involves more than just picking appropriate colors, putting in heavy-loaded contents and embed state-of-the-art flashy plug-ins. Adding in a little of that and a little of these, putting in a swirl of a magic wand that provides great color and lots of animated graphic doesn’t make your website standout. In designing a website there are things that we have to do and to avoid as well. On this article I will share to you the things you must avoid in designing a website.
1. Using Cutting-edge Technology. Sure, the latest and the most advance thing are cool to see but you but always remember that some (or maybe most) your visitors do not have the latest version of browsers or plug-ins installed in their system to view your site. Always make sure that your site would run and viewed on a minimal system.
2. Anything That Looks Like Advertising. Since the World Wide Web is a jungle full of advertisement, Web users are becoming annoyed and wary advertising. According to research on Web traffic, Web users have learned to stop paying attention to Web advertisement. Make sure to avoid designing any legitimate information in a manner that looks like advertising such as banner, animation, and pop-ups.
3. Non Standard Link Colors. Avoid using non-standard colors to show links and for showing links that user have already clicked. Non-standard color can cause confusion to the user and reduce the ease of reading.
4. Scrolling Text and Looping Animation. Scrolling text and looping animation are cute within 5 seconds of their exposure but after that they become awfully annoying. Avoid scrolling text and looping animation since they are both hard to read and most often that not users regard them as advertising.
5. Opening New Browser Window. Personally, I hate sites that open a new window every time you click a particular link. It is wastes a lot of time and the user may not notice that a new window has been opened which will complicate the navigation. It wastes CPU time too.
6. Objects That Slow Download Times. Avoid using large images, tons of images, unnecessary animations, flash, plug-ins and others time consuming content that can cause the slow download time of a page.
7. Fixed-Formatted Text. Creating textual content that requires scrolling horizontally is a no-no. As much as possible limit the text content on a single page, if not make sure to format it that it could be viewed using the vertical scroll bar.
8. Outdated Information. Information that is irrelevant and outdated is useless. A site with outdated information loses credibility. Make sure that your site is continuously updated so that the users could “sense” that the site is regularly maintained and update.
9. Orphan Pages. Orphan pages are the pages without “parent” that can be reached by clicking the Back button. Orphan pages require the user to manually change the end of the URL to get back to home page or the prior page that had been accessed.
10. Complex URLs. Avoid using long and complicated URLs since it makes it more difficult for the users to remember when he wants to revisit the site. Use simple and short URL that is easier to remember and to type.