Common Web Design Mistakes

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So you’re creating your first website. You’re excited, and you want it to look as flash and professional as possible. Before you go live, have you avoided the biggest pitfalls of designing a new website? Here are the most common mistakes made by both new and experienced web designers and developers:

 

1)      No Search Box

A search box is the ideal way to allow visitors to be able to track down what they need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Add a Google Custom search simply by pasting the Google Search HTML code directly onto your website.

2)      Difficult to Read

This can be very common on casino sites. Look at this site paypal-casinos.co, it has flashy graphics serve to highlight new games and deals, but are actually distracting and difficult to read. Make sure the text is legible, with a clear font and colour scheme. Try to only use animations and graphics when strictly necessary. Avoid clutter by paragraphing and ensuring there is plenty of blank space on each page.

3)      Difficult to Navigate

Everything on your site must be labelled and laid out so that people can easily navigate their way around. we regularly use paragraphs, headings, sub headings and bullet points of short, easily digestible information. Make sure that all of your content is in date and relevant to the website.

4)      Inconsistent Design

All too often, web designers create a brand new design for each page on the site – which can be confusing and profoundly annoying. Avoid this by creating making sure that all of your sites have standard design templates and stick to them for each page.

5)      Site is bigger than the screen

It may sound like a no-brainer, but make sure that the standard layout for your site isn’t bigger than the average screen – or else visitors will have to scroll horizontally to finish each sentence! Stick to the recommended website layout of 1024 x 768 pixels.

6)      Complicated Registration Forms

If you want people to make an account on your website, they may be put off if the registration form is too complicated. Keep the information you ask for to a minimum, with a few optional categories which users only need to fill in if they want to.

7)      Background music

If you’re thinking of putting background music onto your webpage, don’t bother. It doesn’t add to the site, and many users will find it annoying and distracting.

8)      Test it first!

Test the site several times before going live, looking specifically at how the site looks on different browsers and in different environments.

In conclusion, make sure it’s simple, accessible and easy to use and you’ll be on the right track.

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