11 Common Mistakes When Creating a Web Page

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What are common mistakes when designing a webpage?

Here some common mistakes listed below:

1. Upload the graphics.

Firstly, The web page must be loaded in a reasonable amount of time. If you use too many graphics or graphics that aren’t scaled and saved in the most efficient format, your pages will take longer to load. Impatient users might bail out and go to another site. The goal must be clean and fast. You can usually create a very nice layout with HTML and CSS without the whole page being a sliced graphic. Of course, I’ve built sites for people who insisted on completely graphics-based pages in which case I usually try to get the Adobe Photoshop files from the graphic artist and cut them up, and save the slides myself.

This way I can mix and match between file formats. For example, sections with few colors can be saved as gifs which are usually very small, especially if you modify the number of colors. Sections with more color or photographs work best as .jpg image files. Mixing file types like this can cause some issues to be aware of: Colors may not match exactly between a gif and a jpg file. For example, if you have a background color in both or another object in adjacent cell images, you may have trouble getting the gif and jpg to look smooth due to slight color shifts.

2. Color options.

Just because it looks good on you doesn’t mean everyone will find your psychedelic color scheme easy to read and appreciate. Try out your color choices on a mix of people before you get too deep with your design.

Don’t exclude people just because they are having trouble reading your site. There are colors for backgrounds and text that perform much better than others for some types of sites, do your research first!

3. Animation.

Moreover, You want your visitors to focus on everything your site is about. If your pages look like a playground in an amusement park with animated gifs all over it, you may never get to the part of the site you want, such as the “buy” button. Goes a long way with a little animation.

4. Splash flash screens.

Flash is very big these days and very useful for many tasks, however, one thing that you should avoid is a big Flash welcome page as the default page of your website. Most people find it too annoying to sit through it or have to click the skip button.

5. Cross-browser compatible issues.

Always check your site on major browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera), PC, and Mac if possible. You’d be surprised how each web browser has its own quirks. Sometimes a page will look really bad or just wrong in one browser and you will have to spend some time to correct the problem. But, you won’t know unless you test it…don’t count on your visitors to tell you.

6. Broken links.

This should be obvious, check your site navigation and all links occasionally. There are some tools available to do this for you if you have a really big site.

7. Disjointed layout.

Make sure your site is easy to navigate. Have someone who is not familiar with your site use the site. Ask them to buy something, search for the page to submit questions, etc. Watch them in action. Listen to what they have to say and improve your site to perform better.

8. Incomplete contact information.

Keep the contact information on your site current and complete. Work on this as soon as something changes.

9. Text in graphics to make Beautiful Text vs. real text.

Font styles are somewhat limited for web pages. Many people want their Website to look really good with fonts you can use in word processing packages. So how do you do that? You can bring it into Adobe PhotoShop or any other graphic package and save your text as images. This works as well as it looks, but since images are naturally larger than text, pages will load slower. But the biggest drawback isn’t the size, it’s that your text, which tells what your site is about, is trapped in the images.

It is not accessible to search engines that crawl websites.

What does it mean? This means that if you depend on traffic to your site from search engines, you want real text, not images of text that only humans can read. If your site is not dependent on search engine traffic, this may not matter other than slow loading time for pages loaded with images.

10. We use something only for its own use.

When we remodeled our house, I wanted to use stone elsewhere. Our contractor kept saying that if we did that, it would look like we were using only stone; it would not look as natural as a house made of stone. The same is true of social media. Don’t use flash sounds or backgrounds or videos that automatically load and play or JavaScript that opens Windows 900. Use these things when necessary, not because you might know how and want to show off.

11. Does not refresh the page.

Although things change, you need to update your website to reflect those changes. When you add new products or announce new products, you need to add them to your website. When people convert to your organization, you need to optimize your website.

Put a blog on your site and update it daily. Your website can be a powerful tool in your marketing toolbox, but only if it’s modern and fresh.

Use this list of features to make your website beautiful and enjoyable for your visitors.

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