Top 5 Web Design Mistakes
Web design is a tricky business. It takes a lot of time to learn how to do as little as the basics, let alone build a website from start to finish. Although there are many online platforms today that allow you to create your site without any knowledge of how to write in code, PHP or HTML, you’ll probably end up hiring web designers anyway. That’s because it doesn’t get any easier, in spite of the fact that the platform guides you.
If you’ve ever aspired to become a web designer (be it only for being able to make your own site), there are a lot of things you have to take into consideration. These are rules that no designer would ever break. Although this last paragraph sounded quite threatening and discouraging, don’t let it fool you. Most of these rules are just common sense.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the most common principles that rookie designers break without batting their lashes.
The 5 Don’ts of Web Design
Colors per se aren’t harmful. It’s when they’re mushed together chaotically that you have a problem. A website, contrary to what you might think, mustn’t look as if a rainbow exploded in it.
Too many colors are extremely tiring for the eyes. Moreover, the text could potentially become unreadable. Three different colors are more than necessary for any website, regardless of its purpose.
There are two disadvantages that come as a package deal with piling up elements on your web page:
1) They slow the loading time – if a visitor needs to wait 5 minutes until it loads up, you can be assured that he won’t come back the second time
2) They ruin the design. Good design is all about airiness and equilibrium.
If you were ever advised to cram as many things as possible within the pages, you should get proficient at web design and take vengeance upon the advisor by creating a site that loads up in a year or so…
A while ago, responsiveness was the web designer’s last concern, but nowadays, a responsive site is a necessity, not a choice. But hold it: what’s responsiveness? Basically, it’s the website’s capability of appearing in perfect proportions on any type of display, from PC and laptop monitor, to smartphone and tablet.
Most of the Internet traffic is constantly moving towards mobile, so it’s not at all unsurprising that responsiveness took designers by storm.
We couldn’t stress this enough. Popups are the #1 killers of websites. When you need to wade through 10 popups just to find the “Next page” button, you will probably feel the urge to throw your computer on the window.
A mail subscription box – nothing wrong with that. But: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, “Enroll in Jehova’s Witnesses”, “Download now for a discount”, “Click here for a turkey recipe” – no! Never!
It’s true that you can make money with all sorts of advertisements, but ironically, you’ll be paying too high a price for that reward.
A visitor shouldn’t need to look for a way to contact you or your company for more than 5 minutes. You need feedback as much as your potential clients need answers. The Contact button should be on the homepage, either at the top or the bottom, wherever it looks best. What’s more, don’t forget to provide the contact details. E-mail, phone number, Facebook page, location and so on and so forth.
The design itself matters the most when creating a website. Everything else is just adjacent. Although we didn’t mention this, the text is paramount, as well, but you’ll probably have nothing to do with content writing if you’re a designer.
If you’re just beginning your career as a web designer, these tips will come in handy. Don’t rush it. It takes a lot of time and patience to actually see a website through. Thanks to the Internet, you can become a DIY web designer without paying a dime for courses. You only need to have a passion for it.