Humans make mistakes. Web designers are not perfect beings and they do commit errors once in awhile. Mistakes in web design are often caused by an oversight due to stress, unpreparedness, lack of adequate knowledge on the matter, or a combination of all these factors. When this happens, it takes time and maybe even money to correct the blunder.
As a web designer, the first thing that comes into your mind is creating a web design that has everything—functionality, responsiveness, interactivity, visual creativity, and more. However, if you fail to do so, you are left with no choice but to correct your mistakes and keep in mind that the next web design won’t suffer the same fate.
In this article, we are going to pitch in our best guide on what not to include in your web design. Read on to save yourself the trouble of correcting web design mistakes!
1. Unresponsive Website:
A website that is not responsive can’t adapt to different screen resolutions. As a website designer, it is your duty to make sure that your website can adjust well when viewed on different platforms. Do not create a website that can only be viewed in a single screen resolution, it’s not effective as a user’s experience and it will affect it’s Google ranking.
2. Cluttered and Overwhelming Pages:
Sometimes, it can be tempting to just shove every amazing image that you can find on your web design. As a website designer, you want your web design to stand out from the rest. But by cluttering your website with out-of-place images and inconsistent colors can turn away users. A clean web page design that makes use of white space still beats a cluttered, inconsistent, and overwhelming web page design.
3. Lack of Good Readability:
Website designers should always consider readability when creating web designs. It is a pretty basic reminder since users visit your website to gain information. A good readability score can attract more users and encourage them to stay on your website longer. Avoid going all-artsy and creative with your website to the point that your overall design elements result in poor readability. Make sure that your website’s content is readable on both computer and mobile device.
4. Slow Load Time:
Users don’t have all day to wait for a web page to load. If you include sizable amounts of images, clip art, and animations on your website, it might affect its load time. Heavy graphics can cause your website to slow down. While adding more visual elements in your website design serves a purpose, you should tone it down to a modest level. Gaining more traffic can be accomplished by avoiding heavy graphics.
5. Unnecessary Background Music:
Our rule when it comes to background music is if you can do away with it, then don’t include it. Some web designers think that including background music on their websites is cool and fun. Music taste is subjective and users might not appreciate hearing it play from your website. What’s worse is adding a background music that doesn’t include a mute button! But if you must, add something that doesn’t take away the attention of users from your website’s content.
Some web designers do find the trial-and-error process of creating web designs better than following a set of rules. This guide can help you prevent including things on your website that can stop it from giving your website’s visitors an enhanced user experience.
We hope that you can remember this guide as you go along with your web designs.