When one is just beginning in web design, there are a few common mistakes that they might very possible make themselves. These mistakes can be dead giveaways that the person who designed the website is perhaps unqualified and thus, can even take away from the trustworthiness of the website and company itself. That’s why Websites Makeover is providing this list of tips and mistakes to avoid. As the top web design company in Rancho Cucamonga, we take pride in sharing some advice on the field of web design. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1. Being Inconsistent with Colors & Fonts
The goal is for your website to be simple, straightforward, and uniform. Using different fonts and colors in every section of your homepage will make it look random and ultimately, unappealing. Instead, choose an aesthetic and stick to it. Give yourself a palette of 3-4 colors at the most and make sure that they don’t clash too badly. Some of the best websites only use a few colors. Facebook for example, has an iconic design which only uses blue toolbars, white backgrounds, and black/white text. The same goes for font styles; too much variety will seem random. It’s best to stick to 1-2 fonts per page. Instead of expressing your artistic creativity, the goal of your website’s should be to display your company’s consistency and unity.
2. Having an Inefficient Navigation System
Although it may seem like a good idea to have a flashy Navigation Toolbar, loaded with links to other pages and possibly even other sites, it’s best to have a simple, straightforward system for navigating your site. If there are too many options available on your Navigation Toolbar, how is a visitor to your site supposed to know which links are most important? In fact, if it’s completely overcomplicated it may cause that visitor to just leave your site all together. For instance, if your website is losangelespizzaburritos.com, but you have links to food and drink vendors outside of the Los Angeles area visible on your homepage, your website will appear confusing and unfocused. Instead, it might be best to have only links to a Menu page, an About Us page, and a Contact Us page visible on the home screen so that your site is easy to navigate. Then you can provide links to less important information via those main pages. Visitors are much more likely to spend more time on your site if it is easier to navigate.
3. Not Utilizing Whitespace
If you don’t already know, whitespace is—yep—the space between objects on your web page. Macro whitespace refers to the space between large compositional elements, such as a page title and a navigational toolbar. On the other hand, micro whitespace can be as small as the space between letters or just the space between a picture and it’s caption. If there is not enough whitespace, your web page will appear to be cluttered and maybe even unorganized. However, if there is too much whitespace, your web page will look sparse and unfulfilled. The former is much more likely to be a problem than the latter is, as many web designers like to show off their skills instead of producing a half-finished website. The key is to tastefully provide enough space for your website to look clean and organized. If there is not enough space between letters and lines of text, the content will not be legible. Whitespace can also be utilized to provide a balanced form of text, in terms of margins, line spacing, and alignment.
4. Not Utilizing Social Media
Social Media websites are essentially free marketing tools for your websites. If you don’t provide links to your social media pages, then how are potential clients supposed to like or follow your page? Using an earlier example, assume that I am interested in following Los Angeles Pizza Burritos on Instagram, but they don’t have a link to their profile from their website. I do a search for them and find a profile titled @LApizzaburritos and I follow it, only to discover that it is the Louisiana branch of the Pizza Burritos company. Having a direct link from your website will eliminate the possibility of these kinds of problems. On the other hand, don’t forget to use your social media pages to point your followers towards your website. Social media can be an indispensible asset, if utilized well.
Use words that you know visitors to your site will understand. Don’t convolute your content with industry-specific jargon, big words, or complex run-on sentences. Assume that the average web user is of the average literacy. Use expected words in labels on toolbars and navigational links. The label, “Contact Us”, is expected and thus, understood much easier than “Company Correspondence” might be. Elevated and overly complex language discourages web browsers from engaging in your content. If your writing is simple, it is accessible.
6. Not Separating Blocks of Text
Simplicity is the key to making your website accessible. Big blocks of can be intimidating and, more often than not, deter someone from reading what you’ve typed. It is generally a good rule of thumb to type smaller text entries, so they can be read and understood quickly. Of course, this doesn’t apply to blogs, news sites, etc. However, these kinds of sites should still keep in mind that these days, hardly anyone wants to read a block of text that spans the length of multiple scrolls. Never forget that websites allow us to combine all sorts of multimedia and that we should utilize what tools we can. For example, you can up lengthy text blocks with pictures or videos. Perhaps you can feature a condensed version of the writing on your page, with a link to the full version in it. Once again, the goal is to present a straightforward website. Don’t use the home page to feature a full-length post which takes up all of the space. Keep the home page simple and feature links to articles so that a visitor may choose to explore your site on their own.
7. Not Having a Mobile Responsive Website
In this day and age, it is impossible to ignore the fact that many web users use their mobile devices to access websites. In fact, a study from 2015 proved that Smartphones have become the “most popular way to browse [the] internet.” It’s been shown that many websites are even implementing a “mobile-first” web design, which prioritizes the site’s mobile experience over any other format. If your website’s design isn’t compatible with a mobile format, you are losing out on a huge amount of potential traffic. You may decide to simply make your website’s desktop format adjust to fit a mobile format when accessed through such a device, or to offer a completely different mobile version of your website. No matter which route you take, at the end of the day, you must be confident that your website is still easy to use when it is accessed by a mobile device.
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