You can call me a big browser as I browse a lot of blogs and websites daily. So during my daily visits to the sites on the WWW, I found some web design mistakes which were really irritating.
This is why I came up with an idea to come up with a post about 5 web design mistakes you should avoid, so that you do not end up irritating your readers.
I have also written a post on 12 blogging mistakes you should avoid.
Here is the list of 5 web design mistakes you should avoid:
Do not clutter your website with badges: I have seen so many bloggers, even pro-bloggers who use a list of badges in their sidebars to show some awards they have won- except no one has heard of these awards. Avoid cluttering your blog with badges as it looks unprofessional.
Make sure to include contact details: It is just plain dumb if you have a website that does not allow a visitor or reader to easily contact you. Most sponsors, reader feedback and other concerns will reach you through your contact details that you provide. So put up your contact details where everyone can see it easily.
Do not use pop ups: Pop-ups are dead. The reason is that these days most browsers have an effective pop-up blocker. Pop-up blockers are popular because visitors find pop-ups irritating. So unless you are really into pissing off your readers, never use pop-ups.
Do not open new browser windows: I know that it feels safer to get users to move to a new browser window for a third-party link, as that will keep them on your site. From my browser experience, I can safely conclude that readers hate links that cause a new browser window to open up. In most cases, they will come back to your site which is why they have a big”Back” button on every browser.
Do not use fancy fonts/harsh colors that are unreadable: Readability is very important. There are fonts that look really good but, most of them are not worthy of getting published on a website or a blog. So make sure you use a simple font that is clear and easy to read for everyone. Same goes for harsh colors, using colors that are too harsh can give your readers a headache. Keep things as sober as possible.
I know this is a short list of web design mistakes, I will be coming up with a more comprehensive list soon. Leave your comments below.