First impression is the best and the last impression you leave on the people visiting your website. Even minute details which Is not in place can be a turn off for the people who are visiting your page. You have to keep in mind the most common things that can spoil your website if not paid attention to.
These are the 10 common mistakes that will usually ruin your website design:
- Wrong usage of Typography
The font which is being used to write the content of the website or to write the menu of the website should be clearly visible and should not misguide the visitors. It is mainly because of the poor font; the visitors sometimes need to zoom in the screen and read. This is the last thing they need. So, always use a font that is easily readable and visible.
- Extensive use of different colours
Usages of colours make the website look beautiful and vibrant. But at the same time, it can ruin the design of your website if different colours are being used unnecessarily. This will irritate the visitors and they will lose interest to contact you. Keep it simple and light because people these days pay importance for quality of the work you do.
- Fail to deliver the same quality on Mobile Website
People these days use their Smartphone for everything and obviously, they will use to access your website through their Smartphone’s. Imagine, how ugly it will look if the total website design becomes distorted on the mobile version of your website because you never thought about designing the website perfectly for smartphones.
So, test the mobile version of your website before making the website live to avoid these problems.
- Vague Alignment
Designing a website involves a lot of discipline. One of the forms of discipline comes in the form of alignment of images and text in the website. Poor alignment makes the website look too amateur and the people won’t consider your work or ideas seriously due to lack of discipline.
A well-aligned website looks professional and beautiful at the same time and this invokes a sense of willingness to know more about your company.
- Inappropriate and poor images
An image which is not all adding value to the website is totally a turn off for the visitors. They just eat up the space available on the screen which could have been used for better purposes. Posting adult content on a kids’ website is totally inappropriate and will lead to a legal issue.
Poor quality images are worse than no images on a website. Poor quality images are of no use because they are totally distorted and no one can see what exactly is in the image. So, always do an image audit before posting any images on your website. You are advised to create your own infographics and images to avoid copyright and quality issues.
- Forgetting about the whitespaces
You should remember that your website is not a road where traffic jams may happen. You should allow sufficient space between 2 different contents which makes them appear as 2 different contents just by having a look at it. If you forget to use whitespaces in your website content may lead to confusion as there is no room to breathe for those contents.
On the contrary, using too much of whitespace makes your website look empty and with less content. So, make efficient and smart use of whitespaces only where it is necessary.
- Making use of too many effects
Too much of graphics in the website makes the website look too unrealistic. Too much of effects may irritate a few visitors who are not into this stuff. The whole idea behind UX design is to bring balance between visual experience and hands-on experience. If this idea is being compromised by some unnecessary effects existing in your website, get rid of that as soon as possible.
- Using Videos that take a lot of time to load
Avoid using Videos as a part of your UX. Because you never know what bandwidth the visitor might be having and due to one video the entire website may take time to load. This will obviously irritate the user and for sure will not view your website.
So always be sure about the content which you will be using on your website and see to it that the website loads in lesser bandwidths as well with the existing content.
- Ignoring Testing before going live
When you have finally managed to put together a UX design for website, never forget to conduct few usability tests. You should always test with an intention to find mistakes because no one is perfect and no work is perfect. If there are critical design flaws which are left unnoticed, it may cause a huge negative impact when the website goes live.
So, never ignore the testing part before going live. It is always better to fail in the earlier stages rather than in the end.
- Avoid using Amateur UX designers to develop critical websites
You have to definitely provide them a chance to design but while designing critical websites they should be allowed to shadow the experienced UX designers to learn from them so that they won’t commit the most common UX mistakes while developing websites in future. This is somewhat being proactive in the way you work. Train them and then use them to avoid mistakes in future.
As they say, failures are the stepping stone to success, this is true when you are working in the test environment but it will cost a lot of mistakes happen in the live environment of your website. So, always be proactive and work in such a way to avoid mistakes rather than fixing them once it is committed.
Ronak Meghani is a serial entrepreneur and who has worked with small-medium-large companies. He is having a 8+ Years of expertise and closely working with eCommerce ventures since 2009. Ronak Meghani, the Co-Founder of Magneto IT Solutions, a full eCommerce Development Services in the USA, UK, UAE and India. He’s enthusiastic about fitness, start-ups, entrepreneurship, and all things marketing.