Agreed, there are countless ways to design web pages, but the sheer volume of scary pages still hijacking the Internet amazes me. I’m not talking about some horror movie kind of scared, what I mean is, that many web pages end up scaring people away instead of enticing them to hang around.
Too Much white
Despite the statistics, many people still use large screens, which often lack enough brightness in the settings. This is also applicable in Mac monitors even some smartphones. The result: soar eyeballs and a “clickaway” reaction from your visitor.
It stands to reason that companies look for customer feedback. Even still, when you leave a website and are farewelled with a survey popup, it kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth about the site you just visited. Instead, leave a link to the survey page and let the visitor decide if they wish to participate in the survey.
Like many other millions of web users, I generally visit websites for entertainment, information or to make a purchase. I visit most websites for a very specific reason. So it amazes me as to why many web designers must use Twitter-like invisible reply buttons. I don’t know about you, but for me, I like clarity and consistency and believe that any website should adopt this concept rather that copying Twitter and Facebooks ever-changing interface. And my pet hate: Having to mouse over the entire screen in order to find invisible buttons.
Hard to Read Text
Another thing that makes my eyes hurt, is when there is text with either too much or too little contrast in the background – or worse, with horrid combinations of colours. The designer may have a specific taste in their design, but guess what, no one else does.
Articles and Posts Without Dates
I’m going to speculate here, but I’d reckon it’s a safe bet to make, that the vast majority of folks who go online for information, seek the most relevant and up to date resources. Particularly if you are writing about topics and themes that are ever-changing. Adding the date to your website article should be a no-brainer.
Too much animation on a web page is basically web design suicide. It’s okay if you don’t want any visitors to return to your website, but if you do love your visitors, don’t scare them away with animation over-kill. You know what I mean, when you mouse over the site and are constantly blocked from seeing the information by automatic drop-downs which can take as long as 5 seconds.
Scary web design, it comes in many shapes and forms, so if you’re a web designer, why not focus on giving your audience what they want, and not what you want?
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