Design Elements You Need To Avoid
Whether you're a professional web designer, entrepreneur, or just trying to throw a personal website together, you should design your websites to give your visitors the greatest ease of use, the best impression and most important of all a welcoming experience. It doesn't matter if you have the greatest product in the world, if your website is poorly designed then you won't be able to sell even one copy of it because visitors will be turned off by your website's lousy design.
When I'm talking about a "good design", I'm not only talking about a good graphical design. A professional web designer will be able to point out that there are many components which contribute to a good website design, accessibility design, interface or layout design, user experience design and of course the most straightforward, which is graphic design.
Hence, I have highlighted some features of the worst web designs we've come across. Hopefully, you will be able to compare that against your own site as a checklist and if anything on your site fits the criteria, you should know it's high time to take serious action!
1) Background music
Unless you are running a site which promotes a band, a CD or anything related to music, I would really advise you to stay away from putting looping background music onto your site. It might sound pleasant to you at first, but imagine if you ran a big site with hundreds of pages and every time a visitor browses to another page on your site, the background music starts playing again. Most likely what's going to happen is your visitors are just going turn to turn off their speakers or worse, leave your site. Moreover, they just add to the visitors burden when viewing your site as users on dial up connections will have to wait longer just to view your site.
2) Extra large/small text size
As mentioned, there is more to web design than purely graphics. User accessibility is one big part of it too! You should design the text on your site to be legible and reasonably sized to enable your visitors to read it without straining their eyes. No matter how good the content of your website or your sales copy is, if it's illegible then you'd be lucky to sell anything.
3) Popup windows
Popup windows are so blatantly used to display advertisements that for most users, 90% of popup windows are not worth their attention so they just close them on instinct every time each one manages to pass through their popup blocker. Imagine if you had a very important message to convey and you put it in a popup window that gets killed most of the time it appears on a visitor's screen. Your website loses its functionality immediately!
As a webmaster, designer, or just a person figuring out what to do with their webpage; your website needs to do what it's meant to do effectively and give the user a positive experience. Don't let some minor mistakes stop your site from functioning optimally.