A lot of web designers are guilty of certain habits that do more harm than good in a website design. In case you are also guilty of these damaging design habits, albeit unintentionally, here are the 5 worst habits you need to stop today;
Confusing Site Navigation
Creating a website simply for aesthetic value that compromises its usability and navigability is pointless. A website with poor navigation isn’t only useless, it also tests the patience of users and is thus offensive. At a single glance, users should be able to easily determine the appropriate thing to click to get to where they’re going.
Another element that leads to confusing site navigation is illegible text. Visitors have come to your site for your content, but you can imagine their discontent and disappointment if they can’t make head or tail of your content because of the illegible font style or size you’ve chosen to use.
Distracting Design Elements
Designers who don’t know better believe that the more they have going on a website the better. That is so wrong. The minimalistic approach is the right way to go when designing a website. That means lots of white space and clear distinction between the contents of a page. An overcrowded page can lead to confusion and a page with too much activity can end up distracting a user from what he/she is actually trying to accomplish on the website. Some annoying distracting elements that you can find on websites till date include clashing colours, blinking signs, too many photos, clutter, crazy and pointless background images, and poorly placed ads
Automatically-playing media is a great annoyance especially when the media is about something the user cares nothing about. Rather than force visitors to watch videos, let them decide for themselves.
Leaving Out Essential Information
Essential details such as an About Us page, opening hours, phone number, an address, an email address, product description and photograph, clear Add-to-cart or checkout icon, are examples of essential information that unprofessional designers leave out.
Not Testing if Search Engines Can Find the Site
This is a bad habit that demands a whipping. After designing a website, the logical next step is to test its functionality and performance, and that includes testing if search engines can find it. Failing to do this can lead to you submitting a worthless website.
If you are guilty of any of the above habits as a web designer, you are strongly advised you drop them before they tarnish your reputation.