Wherever you turn to in the world, you will come across many top-notch website designers with a flair for designing attractive website that convert. On the other hand, there are some mistakes that web designers make that detract from their reputation. This is a list of 10 of the costly mistakes made by web designers:
- Not changing the color of visited links: During your online journey, you probably visited some sites and links. It is helpful if those links have a change of color to distinguish between them and other unvisited links. This will save the user the mistake of visiting the same links a couple of times, a time-consuming and equally frustrating error. It is a deadly mistake for a web designer to forget to add color changes to the features of a link.
- Disabling the back button: This is an unpardonable mistake for a web designer. It can be frustrating if you accidentally click a link that takes you to another page without any way of retracing your step because a designer has disabled the back button. You are either stuck with your current location or you use the close button as an alternative. None of this can replace the back button effectively.
- Phone number and address cannot be easily seen: These two should be conspicuously seen on a website if you are selling any product or service. This makes it easy for potential customers or clients to contact you. The failure to do this is a costly mistake that may affect the website owner’s business adversely.
- Failure to use responsive design: I will consider this as an enormous blunder that attracts the stiffest penalty. In this age and time when visitors use a variety of devices with different screen sizes and resolutions to surf the web, it is a professional suicide to use an unresponsive design for your website. When your content is not displayed well across different platforms, you lose your readership base.
- Broken links: This can be worrisome. No web surfer will take pleasure in an inactive link or one that takes him or her to 404 error page. A good practice is to check your links regularly and fix any broken ones before your readers turn on you.
- Not updating your website: That is a good way to make yourself vulnerable to cyber-attacks. If you use some plugins, keep these updated regularly to fortify the security of your website. When you are stuck with outdated plugins, you give easy to cybercriminals to breach your security and unleash terror on your website.
- Poor navigation: It can be time-consuming if users can’t navigate your website easily. With the speed offered by the Internet, users are not endowed with the patience to hang around battling poor navigation. Trust them to move to your competitor’s site if he offers a better navigation.
- Too many colors and fonts: You may lose the consistency of your website if you turn it to a canvas for testing different colors and fonts. Visitors to your site may find it appalling at the best. The rule of thumb stipulates that you limit yourself to about three colors and fonts per page.
- Failing to link with your social media pages: If you are leveraging the power of the social media to drive your business, it is a gross mistake to fail to link your website with these sites. Your users should be able to move from your website to your social media pages easily and effortlessly.
- Not linking back to the homepage: This is not an acceptable practice. Wherever your visitors are, they should be able to go to the home page. Don’t put them in a dead end with no way out.
When designing your website, pay attention to these deadly mistakes and avoid them. It will make your website look professional and you will be rewarded with appreciative visitors.