The Most Common Mistakes When Designing a Website
When a person visits a website, they will make snap judgements about it based on its appearance and their experience there. These judgements will
play a large part in determining if the user stays on the site, so making sure that you don't have anything immediately putting them off is important.
The first aspect to consider is the text on the site. The most successful websites have text split up into short, easily understood and absorbed
sentences. Paragraphs may consist of only one of these sentences. This is due to the way that people approach content online, but the reasons
behind that are beyond the scope of this article.
Users also tend to look for information that they can identify with or believe is genuine, rather than something filled with pithy marketing slogans. This
means that a well-designed website will make the information users want readily accessible. Being overly verbose is a mistake.
The second point to consider with regards to the writing is the stylistic aspect. Font colour, style and size, as well as the background it is written on, are
all instantly taken in by the user. If it's too difficult to read then people will leave.
Maintaining consistency with the rest of the internet is more important than many people think. A user expects links to be underlined, and may even
expect them to all be in blue as well, due to blue, underlined links being so prolific. Users will expect forums to generally have the same set up across
the internet, as well as search engines, sidebars and image galleries following similar formats (no next or previous button in a gallery leads to
Browser compatibility is less of an issue nowadays, but ensuring that a website works on, at least, Firefox and Internet Explorer is a must. Most users
will not load up a separate browser to view one website, instead, they go elsewhere.
Again, it's less of an issue nowadays, but sites covered in GIFs or Flash elements don't tend to impress. Occasionally, a site will be