Web design is something that is either simple or complicated. It is simple in the sense that you can just do whatever it is that you have in mind. It is complicated if you want to make it more professional for business purposes.
Beginner web designers often do not know the best practices, and so, they do things that are usually frowned upon by the general public.
If you are still new to the business and aren’t a website design expert, here are some web design mistakes that you should definitely avoid doing:
1. Big Walls of Text
Have you ever read an article that is just one huge wall of text? It is quite hard to read and comprehend, right?
The same thing goes if you create a website with a huge wall of text on the homepage. Guess what, people do not want to read it and they will most likely get away from your website like it is the plague.
Big walls of text should be a big no-no (pun intended) because it is not only hard to read, it also means that the web designer did not put much effort in creating a professional-looking website.
What you can do is put only a brief description about your website on the homepage and provide a link or two that will direct your visitors to your content pages or any other important functions on your website.
2. No More Screen Real Estate
Some people want to cram as much information in a space as possible. But, it should not be the case if you’re a web designer.
People crave simplicity and the simpler your website is, the better. The reason why simplicity is key is that it is much easier to navigate your web page if you do so.
Make use of negative space and only put the essentials on your main page so that people will not be put off by your design choice.
3. Trying Too Hard to be Unique
As a creative individual, we all have this feeling that we have to do some things differently to stand out. And in fact, it is actually a good thing. However, sometimes we just go way overboard that we end up losing a lot of time creating a website that is just too far away from your client’s standards.
There are web design standards that every designer should follow. For example, logos are icons are usually situated on the top left and contact information is usually placed on the top right.
These are things that most people follow and understand, and therefore, you have to capitalize on that.
You could be creative in the way you implement your animations, but you still have to follow certain standards as well.
4. Convoluted Website Navigation
As I said earlier, people want a simplistic website and one of the reasons why that is true is because they want a website that is easy to navigate.
However, not all simple websites are like that. I’ve come across a lot of web pages where the links to other parts of their page are just not present, at least, not at first sight.
Call-to-action buttons or other links that redirect users to your pages should be prominently known and placed in the first parts of the site; typically, right at the top of the page.
This is to ensure that people can go to the different parts of your site quickly and easily.
5. Use of Pop-Ups
Some websites just have this annoying habit of pushing pop-ups and to be honest, it is quite annoying. That is precisely the reason why people use ad-blockers to deter pop-ups from ever occurring.
However, you do not want them to do that as there are some legitimate websites that gain some revenue through certain ad campaigns.
As much as possible, do not use pop-ups anymore. Instead, you could implement certain ads on your site, provided that they do not obstruct your main content.
There are just some things that you should definitely not do when you’re a web designer. Implementing pop-up windows, writing huge walls of texts, and creating a website that is hard to navigate are just some things that you should avoid doing.