Creating a web site could be challenging but the real concern is to make it usable. The fact about most of the web designers are that they do not emphasize in solving visitor’s need rather they give importance to their needs. As a web designer, you should remember that website is not created for yourself but for solving visitor’s needs. Most of the web designers give priority to creativity rather than usability.
In this write-up, I have tried to put together some common web design mistakes that web designers and developers make and some tips to avoid these mistakes easily.
Making Use of Flash
Poor Readability & Legibility
This is an essential aspect of web design. Needless to say, a great user interface design will grab the visitors’ attention however visitors need to read text to get the information they want. Some websites designers use the most weird font family and sizes that is really hard to read. To improve the website’s visitors’ reading experience on your website you can evaluate color schemes of well designed websites and observe how the colors can improve reading experience or readability. A great tool to check out diverse color schemes is Adobe Kuler.
Make use of a Sans serif typeface because it enables easy reading on the web.
Navigation is an important aspect to increase the usability of a website. Web designers should discover a way to make the experience very easy for the visitors to navigate throughout the website by offering a common user experience.
If the navigation system is poorly designed, the visitors will be discouraged and most likely not to visit the website again seeking in other websites for a better solution.
Make your website’s navigation simple by giving textual descriptions for all hyperlinks. Use alt text for all images. Remember the visitors will leave your website immediately if they do not get what they want in less than 4 clicks.
Poor use of color and contrast
Every web designer must have knowledge of color theory and be capable of applying its rules. If you do not have enough knowledge of color and contrast, you will find lots of free online tools that will assist you in choosing the appropriate color scheme and contrast.
Not using search box.
A search bar must be used on almost every site, in a highly visible place. It will simplify visitors’ navigation significantly and will save their time.
Not using responsive design: Nowadays most of the users visit website from their mobile devices like Smartphone or tablets. So you should give importance to the responsiveness while designing a website. You can use a responsive front end framework to make your website responsive. One of the most popular responsive front end framework is Twitter Bootstrap.
Using Pop-up Windows: Pop up windows is annoying and a lot of browsers block them. Therefore do not use pop-up windows unless you have a very good reason.