Web Design Features to Avoid Completely

by Web Designer on 02/03/2010

in Website Design Basics

As a web designer, I will design your websites to give your visitors the greatest ease of use, the best impression and most important of all a welcoming experience.

I know that it doesn’t matter if you had the greatest product in the whole world — if your website is poorly done visitors will be driven off and business lost

When I’m talking about a “good design”, I’m not only talking about a good graphical design. So, I have highlighted some web designs “features” you might think are cool or good but really should be avoided.

1) Background music

Unless you are running a site which promotes a band, a CD or anything related to music, I would really advise you to stay away from putting looping background music onto your site. It might sound pleasant to you at first, but imagine if you ran a big site with hundreds of pages and everytime a visitor browses to another page on your site, the background music starts playing again. If I were your visitor, I’d just turn off my speakers or leave your site. Moreover, they just add to the visitors burden when viewing your site — users on dial up connections will have to wait longer just to view your site as it is meant to be viewed.

2) Extra large/small text size

As I said, there is more to web design than purely graphics — user accessibility is one big part of it too! You should design the text on your site to be legible and reasonably sized to enable your visitors to read it without straining their eyes. No matter how good the content of your website or your sales copy is, if it’s illegible you won’t be selling anything!

3) Popup windows

Popup windows are so blatantly used to display advertisements that in my mind, 90% of popup windows are not worth my attention so I just close them on instinct every time each one manages to pass through my popup blocker (yes, I do have one like many users out there!) and, well, pops up on my screen. Imagine if you had a very important message to convey and you put it in a popup window that gets killed most of the time it appears on a visitor’s screen. Your website loses its function immediately!

In conclusion, let me remind you that as a web owner your job is to make sure your website does what it’s meant to do – effectively. Don’t let some minor mistakes stop your site from functioning optimally!

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