Usable websites offer great user experiences, which leads to happy customers. It’s challenging to build up a website but the challenge does make your website usable. The problem is that most web designers don’t keep in mind that the website wasn’t created for themselves but to solve the users’ needs. They give creativity priority over practicality and usability.
In case your website is designed wrong, there is more likelihood that you’ll lose lots of money and ultimately the potential revenue that you could be making from a well designed and properly functioning website.
Here are the 10 most common mistakes you’re probably making as a web designer. Learn these mistakes and correct them if you commit to overcome the hurdles we are all guilty of.
1. Flashy Design
As a Web design company in Singapore, we understand that it should be focused on marketing the website to be successful on the Internet, not making the design flashy. The design must be correctly designed to get users to the right place one they reach the homepage.
In addition, a great number of users use their mobile devices to surf web, while flashy websites don’t look good on them. When users can’t figure out where they should visit in your website out of purpose, you had better check out the drawing board.
2. Not changing the color of visited links
A good way to identify the past navigation is to change the color of the visited links as it helps you to understand your current location, which makes it easier to decide where to go next. Links are key factors in this navigation process. Users can exclude links that proved to be useless in their previous visits. Meanwhile, they are able to come back to links they found helpful in the past. Also, changing the color of visited links helps users not to come back to the same page over and over again.
3. Using Flash
Flash is amazing in terms of providing animated experiences, but it still come along with some annoyances. The recent downfall of flash is that it makes loading time longer, doesn’t support mobile or another language except for predominant ones (English, French, Chinese, etc.). It makes users miserable due to limit of mobile device flash support or with additional plugins.
4. Massive Images
There has been a trend of using large images recently. In fact, it doesn’t prove to get you many benefits as being desired but make users find it inconvenient to look at and add a few complications to the mix. One big problem of large image is slow down the loading speed and increase the loading time. Plenty of designers adopt the SVG trend and use code to draw or animate graphics in the browser, which results in accelerating page load yet making the page eye-catching.
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Source: Top 10 common mistakes in Web Design (Part 1)