Mistakes in Web Design

  Nik Oliva

Mistakes in Web Design


Building a website can be formidable but the real challenge lies in making it usable. And most web designers forget that the website wasn’t created for themselves but to solve the users’ needs. As websites become increasingly dynamic and complex, it’s easy to overlook some basic things that can really make a website look unprofessional. There are tons of website on the Internet, and hundreds or probably thousands are created each day.

So what makes a good website? Will you consider creativity a priority over practicality and usability?

Here are some of the most common mistakes made in web design and some suggestions how these mistakes can be easily avoided in order to make sure you are on the right track to create the best work you possibly can.

Misuse of Fonts. Fonts serve a few purposes. They’re used to display text for reading, that means you have to consider which font style is going to work best on your screen. Fonts has to be the right type of font and the right size. Font size and punctuation determines how clients will perceive the site. If large capitalized fonts are used, clients are likely to feel like the site is shouting to them. then again, small low cased fonts will make the clients feel like they are not getting anything from your site.

It is also necessary to maintain consistency in the site. The font of the text must be standard, not too big and not too small. At the same time, calligraphic fonts should not be used unless the site is meant for religious events and special holidays.

Fonts also should fit into the overall theme and design.  If you’re doing a traditional or serious course, Comic Sans probably isn’t your best choice. At the same time, if you want to set an informal tone, you’ll probably stay away from something like New Times Roman, also in most cases, a san serif font works best for the computer screen.

Lack of Organization. A website’s content is what drives traffic to it. How the content is structured is what will make it a success or a failure. You should always ensure that your site is organized logically and clients can locate everything they want to with ease. It is important to put all the content of the site where clients expect them. because users do not read unless absolutely necessary but scan through information and pick out points of interest on a web page. Watch out how much content and graphics you are putting on your page. This can affect usability and loading time. Keep you site focused on your goal and organized.

Bad Graphics. There are two types of poor images when it comes to web design:

  • The first is using images which are uninteresting or irrelevant especially with the internet being such a visual medium.
  • The second is quality of images which relates to heavy compression, blurry images, resized images and images that are stretched or squashed altering their aspect ratio.

A good images can convey so much meaning and get a message across very effectively. They should contribute to the content on the screen. This includes the learning experience as well as the look and feel of the course.

Color Design. Inexperienced web designers are likely to use many colors in their website thinking that they look good and they will be appealing to the clients. However, many colors are likely to annoy clients rather than appeal to them. Two or three colors must be used in a website. The three colors can be used for background, text and images in any way you want. They should produce a high contrast to allow visibility and to help guide the learner’s attention. People are drawn to the contrast naturally.

Colors are your best friend or your worst enemy. Be careful of the colors you are using.

Sounds and Videos. The ability to embed audio and video on a website is one of the greatest advantages of a website over traditional marketing collateral. Background sounds can be used in some sites but not all. Young people may be marveled by these sounds but they can be annoying to other clients. Youth like entertainment and they would embrace sites with such features. If your visitor is going to stay a long time at your site, reading your content, you will want to make sure they’re not annoyed by some audio looping on and on your website. If you insist on adding audio, make sure they have some control over it like volume or muting controls would work fine.

Splash. Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like “Welcome” or “Click here to Enter”.Creating it is a waste of the developers and your visitor’s time. You do not want to force your visitor to watch or read something they are not interested in. Nothing is worse than having to wait 30 seconds for a flash movie to play.

Screen Resolution. A good designer will develop websites that fit on most screen sizes. The current optimized layout for websites currently is 1024 x 768 pixels. Just because you have a 4k screen, it doesn’t follow that all users have the same equipment. It’s even worse in the mobile world, designers and developers rarely think about devices other than their own smartphone.

Web development is an interesting market. You have to have lots of good content for your visitors to read and the search engine to spider. You need to take your site serious, but you also need to have fun. Try things out and see what happens. Break rules and try new things. You will have more success in doing something you like and are dedicated too. Remember that Users always want simple and easy way to find information and resources so always try to make your site user-friendly than business friendly, think like visitor. This will help you to take some good decisions. You can gauge whether your site is appealing or annoying by visiting it before publishing it for clients to access it. Change everything that you need to before allowing clients to access it.