Every web designer should create a website that give the visitors the best usability, a great impression, and most important of all a great user experience. It doesn’t matter if your website have the best product in the universe, if your site is poorly done you won’t be able to sell it to the customer because your visitors will be walk away from your website due to the bad design.
When we talk about a good website design, we are not only talking about the graphical and appearance side of the website. A good website designer should be able to identify many elements which contribute to a good website design – Interface and Layout structure, accesibility, search engine optimisation, user experience, and of course the graphic design itself.
In this post, we will look to some element of the worst web design we usually come across. I hope you can take a note of it and if you have it on your site, you should take an action immediately to call those things off.
1. Unnecessary flash element
I remember visiting one site that entirely made in animated flash, that shiny animated pointer that follow every time you move your mouse within the site, those long time waiting every new page loaded. I mean, it’s not a bad thing back in the early day, but we are not living in the year 2000 anymore, so i suggest you leave the flash to the small portion of the website, e.g banner, etc. Try to learn proper HTML5/CSS for better site structure. If you want some animation, learn jQuery.
2) Background music
Ever find a website that greet you with that “Hello, welcome to our website” voice and some other fancy background music? I would suggest you to stay away from putting that kind of thing into your website. It might sound good for you at first, but imagine if your visitor have to browse a lot of pages on your site and that background music start playing again. Maybe they just turn off their speakers and a high chance to leave your site right away. It also slowed down the web site load time. Unless you are running a music related site, there’s no point inserting any music element into your website design.
3) Poorly Sized Text
Like we said earlier, web design is not just about graphic and appearance. Usability and accessibility is big part of it too. Make the text on your site to be proper and reasonably sized so your visioter can read it without hurting their eyes. Don’t mind a good copy writing, if the way you displaying that copy text didn’t sit well with the visitors eye, you wont sell anything or whatever your website goal is.
4. Lack of Spacing
Try to be efficient in managing your site, You don’t want to use every inch of the space available on your page to be your crowded content placeholder. In fact, an extra white-space to bridge between section on your site should help for greater user experience.
So in the conclusion, we just want to remind you that your job as a web designer is to make your site working effectively. Don’t let some minor error stop your site from achieving your goal when creating a website.