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How to Avoid Five Common Web Design Mistakes

Photo by Glenn Carstens Peters
Photo by Glenn Carstens Peters

Today, more people than ever are taking web design into their own hands. Today, this means that web design mistakes are more common than ever. If you want to design your site, in whole or in part, take care that you don’t make these common web design mistakes.

1. Neglecting SEO

SEO, or search engine optimization, is a way to get your site noticed by search engines. It can be difficult to follow the changing guidelines of search engine optimization. Once upon a time, it was much easier to get the attention of search engines just by keyword loading. Today, you have to take a content-based approach. If you don’t have time to focus on SEO yourself, getting a professional to design this aspect of your business is a smart move.

2. Not considering loading time

Loading time has a huge impact on how long someone is willing to spend on your site. You need to make sure that you’re not accidentally driving away your customers. There are a few main factors that can slow a page down. The first is images. Avoid this problem by making sure you’re only choosing the most relevant images. Also, make sure that your server has enough bandwidth to support activity on your site. It pays to consider mobile accessibility as well. As more and more people use tablets and smartphones as their primary browsing device mobile accessibility is becoming ever more important.

3. Cluttered pages

White space, or the area of the page that isn’t filled with text or images, is hugely important to web design. There is an urge to fill every corner of the page with your text and images. You have a message that you want to get out to the people! However, cluttered pages are a surefire way to make it confusing and difficult for anyone to understand your website.

4. Settling for bad images

Too many images will slow a web page or prevent it from loading. That’s no reason to settle for bad images. You want beautiful, effective images that get your point across. You can take images yourself, or search through a variety of paid and free resources online. Find the image that fills your needs.

5. Poor legibility

Whether it’s a tiny font or bad color combinations, legibility should be a primary focus. If someone can’t browse your site easily, they’re not going to want to stay. Bright colors hurt eyes, and cramped text is impossible to read on mobile. Make sure that you’re picking a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes.

Keep these rules in mind when you’re designing your web space. Don’t settle for bad images, and keep legibility in mind. White space and SEO can’t be neglected if you want a popular website.

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