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Published on October 23, 2014

Author: okwako



Simplicity sells, for web design this truth holds. Unfortunately because of lack of knowledge, it always seems too complicated for normal folk to understand web design. Read this article and you will sound like an expert in no time.

1. COMMON WEB DESIGN ERRORS Designing a website can be a daunting task especially for the first time. Though you may hire a web designer, it is good to have a checklist of things not-to-do when you sit down with them. Here is a list of things to look out for: 1. Busy Pages Here is a good place to start, above all, don’t try and do too much on one page. Trying to cram too much on to a single page is a sure fire way of putting visitors off. Refrain from the eagerness to put all you can out there. Not only is this practice generally a bad idea, but it can actively impede users logging on via a mobile device (of which there are ever-growing numbers), due to nature of content. 2. Hidden Links Many may not know this but links are arguably the most important feature of your website, so don’t hide them away or obscure them. First and foremost, you want to be consistent with how you highlight links, then apply this format across your entire site. The opposite also applies, so don’t make un-linked text look like linked text. Some easy ways to distinguish links from regular text are with colour, underlining or bolding. 3. Complicated Navigation Is there a shorter and easier route? It’s hard to overstate the importance of good navigation on web design. This element will impact how easy and ergonomic your site is to get around, so spend some serious time putting yourself in the shoes of a new visitor, and never assume that it is obvious to everyone else, since it’s obvious to you. 4. No Call to Action Having a brilliantly designed and easy-to-navigate site is all well and good, but if it doesn’t prompt visitors to do the thing you want (i.e. click on something, share something, sign up to something), then it’s of no use at all. You need to make sure that you include a clear call to action in a relevant place. However, this should by no means be intrusive, nor should it annoyingly interfere with navigation. 5. Inconsistent Testing People will visit your site via a growing variety of means and it’s more important than ever to ensure a seamless experience for all at all times. Test all the time. Some common issues to look out for include being able to view the site in different environments e.g. mobile, browsers and with different settings. +254 (0) 725 693920 P.O. BOX 6891-00200 VALERIE FOODS AGENCY, THE BAZAAR - MEZZANINE ONE, MOI AVENUE - NAIROBI. +254 (0) 725 693920 P.O. BOX 6891-00200 VALERIE FOODS AGENCY, THE BAZAAR - MEZZANINE ONE, MOI AVENUE - NAIROBI. 6. Old Content If you do opt to include a news, blog section or social media feed on your site – make sure to keep it up to date. If you fail to keep content relevant, it can make it appear like you’re out of businesses or are vastly behind the times. Even if you have nothing to say yourself, it’s always possible to curate content you – and ideally your target audience – will find interesting and relevant.

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