Successful websites are pleasant on the eye, easy to read, smart to navigate and give you all the information you need when you need it. Although, it sounds easy, but there are still thousands of terrible sites on the internet. Here are the top 9 mistakes that website owners make and how you can avoid them.
- Not Planning Your Web Site: It is key concept to have a clear goal of your website and you have to do it before you start designing your web site. Then , you need to map the flow of your site from your root page to the subsequent pages. The pages and the site should be designed as per the purpose of the site. If your idea is not clear, it is going to end up in a combination of unnecessary links.
- Fixed Font Size: CSS style sheets unfortunately give websites the power to disable a Web browser’s “change font size” button and set a fixed font size. About most of the time, this fixed size is so small reducing readability significantly for senior people. You should let the user select their font size.
- Violating design rules: Consistency is very crucial from any design standpoint. The users should not come across with anything odd from your site when they click on any link. The more you can fulfill users’ expectations, the more you can attract traffic at your site.
- Page is loaded slowly: If you have huge, graphic centric pages, it may take significant amount of time to load up. Research has shown that the time visitors tolerate slow loading home pages has fallen from 12 seconds in 1999 to just 4 seconds in 2004. This is the time they can wait to load a page.
- Opening new windows: If the user click on any any link and it pops up windows unnecessarily, people get annoyed. It wastes system resource and slows down the pc of the user. Users hate unwarranted pop-up windows. When they want to go to a new page, they can use their browser’s “open in new window” command.
- Difficult to read: Users are very resented to see text that is too small and does not re-size when the page is enlarged, blocks of colored text on a dark background , the pages are unnecessarily cluttered or there are not enough white spaces.
- Selecting wrong title of the post: Search is the most important way that an user gathers information about all of the titles as a search result. The page title between <html> tags is used by the engine for the Search Engine Resultant page (SERP). Selecting wrong or non-contextual “page title” can lead to poor search engine visibility and in the long run this is going to impact the traffic hit at your site.
- Selecting unnecessary Flash /Animation in your Web page: Chances are are high that your users are going to be annoyed if they come across with unnecessary animation rather than gathering useful information. Any animation file is also very resource intensive. If you look top ranking web sites, very few of them use animated introduction.
- Orphan page: Any nested page of your website has to have a link to the start page. Suppose, an user is navigating through your web site. After reaching a nested page, he may be interested to go back to original start page. It may be frustrating for them if the nested page is the dead end.