Mistakes to Avoid on Your Website
There are many mistakes
you can make on your website. Web
design by definition is never perfect.
It is evolving media - things are
updated and improved 24/7.
However, there are some basic guidelines
you can follow when designing your
site. The seven mistakes outlined
here are a good introductory list
you can follow when making your own
site. Avoiding these mistakes are
simple and will not only result in
retaining your current or first time
visitors but also gaining a new ones
through referral via your satisfied
- Not having
relevant or useful content:
Everyone visits a website looking
for content in a specific subject.
Without related content, no one
will visit a website. Building relevant
content is the most important part
of making your website. All the
attractive design and layouts in
the world won't make up for a lack
of meaningful content.
- Not Organizing
Before doing any work in HTML or
your favorite page design software,
grab a pen and paper and start planning
your website. Start with a basic
service to visitors. Write down
the things you want to offer guests
and then organize the structure
in the most logical way.
(Orphan pages are the pages inside
the website without any link to
the main page. Avoid these because
your visitor might enter website
from that page and will be unable
to navigate back to your main site.
Always include a link to the main
site on each of your pages.)
- Lack of uniformity
and extravagant Design:
A uniform website portrays an image
of professionalism. Similarly using
simple design without superfluous
jumping animations and dynamic elements
distinguishes you from the novice
designers and gives a professional
look to your website. Unless you
are a wild artist, do not try to
show your wild artistic talents
on the web.
information and Broken links:
Outdated information and broken
links project an impression of inactivity
to visitors, resulting in no further
- Using Annoying
technologies and excessive graphics
or other files:
of annoying technology such as disabling
the back button, redirection, popping
up advertisement or content, and
opening up new windows with new
link can really annoys visitors
because it consumes their computer
resource and slows it down. If visitors
are too annoyed, they might not
be back again. Any of these techniques
may be useful to a limited extent,
but beware of taking them too far.
Similarly, excessive graphics and
other files such as java applets,
and music slows down the loading
times and reduces the visitor number.
Think! Why should a visitors visit
your website against billions of
other website when they have to
wait so much for it to load.
(If the slowness is due to your
server, please change your website
- Using Too
Being Hip can be cool but if it
means site not being displayed properly
for more than half of your visitors
or if it requires them to download
some software, then it will result
in loosing most of them. Think!
Who wants to spend hours downloading
and installing a software to view
a website for few seconds.
- Not putting
When a visitor who might be potential
customer is impressed with your
website and want to contact you
for further information, the contact
information should be readily available.
If possible offer visitors more
than one way to contact you; namely:
contact form, email, phone and even