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Biggest Mistakes of Web Design
By : Ron King
plenty of mistakes in the world of web design. Let's look at what I believe
to be the 10 biggest.
1. Too Many Ads.
When you're trying to make money from your website, it's all too easy to
overwhelm your site with ads. Put yourself in your user's place and take a
good hard look at your site and ask yourself if the ads feel intrusive. Does
the site look like an information source or does it feel more like a
page-holder for the ads?
2. Plugin Overload.
You have to keep plugin useage to a maximum of 1 type per page. If you've
got Flash, then you can't have a media player, or if you're using Java, then
no Flash. It's not as bad to use the same plugin twice, however.
3. Flash Intros.
Please, don't use a Flash intro on your website. They have been so overused
that they're becoming universally mocked.
4. Unclear Layout and Navigation.
Many websites, especially business sites, suffer from some kind of disease
where the very simplest task takes 10 steps. If users are asking you how to
do things on your site, then you need to improve your layout and navigation.
If there are certain tasks people want to do frequently, put them on the
5. No Marking for External Links.
There are 2 kinds of links: internal (to other parts of your website) and
external (to other websites). For the benefit of your users, it's best if
you mark external links, either by making them a different color or using
some kind of a symbol (a box with an arrow is the usual one). It's also good
to make the external links open in new windows, so people aren't leaving
your site altogether when they click them.
6. Unclear Linking.
Some web pages are designed to show links only when people put their mouse
over them. While this might make the design look nicer, it is not very user
friendly. Instead, use a clearly contrasting color for links, and preferably
underline them. This makes them more visible to the user, thus more user
7. Unlabelled Email Links.
Always clearly mark a link that will send email (a mailto link) with the
word 'email'. If you turn clicking a name into send email, you'll annoy
users who expected to find out more about the person.
8. Broken Links.
You should check your links regularly to make sure that they all still work.
There's nothing worse than finding a site that looks useful, only to find
that it hasn't been updated in years, so most of the links don't work. While
a website does mostly run itself after a while, that doesn't mean that you
should neglect essential maintenance.
9. Strange Fonts.
Stick to the most common web fonts: that's pretty much just Arial, Georgia,
Tahoma and Verdana. If you use more obscure fonts, then most users won't
have them -- and those that do will find your text hard to read. The only
place for non-standard fonts is in your logo or headings, and then only if
they are displayed as an image.
10. Badly-sized Text.
It's important to keep your text around the standard size. Making text too
big or too small makes it hard to read and annoying for many users. The best
thing you can do is use relative text sizing (not pixels) that allows the
browser to respect the user's preferred text size. You should also consider
offering buttons on your site to decrease or increase the font size.
About the Author :
http://www.webtopdesign.com to learn more. Ron King is a full-time
researcher, writer, and web developer, visit his website at