However, it’s disheartening that nowadays the digital museum is created with poor elements. Lots of websites are built lots of different fonts, which does not give a professional look to the website. Others use small and low-quality photos while some use terrible backgrounds. It’s very unimaginable to still create or manage a website in 2019 using these poor elements. However, it does happen as there are many websites with these poor features than you think.
The interesting fact is that these mistakes are even committed by some professional web designers. To guide your steps, here are web design mistakes that somehow still happen now and again. Hence, if your website has any of these poor elements, this is the right time for you to start thinking about an update.
Garish ColoursA professional web designer must have learned so much about how to combine colours on websites in the past 20 years. He or she must have understood how to use complementary colours, pastel hues or subtle to add visual flairs to the web design. However, this doesn’t make colour the most important aspect of a website.
Most people think that colour is the most crucial element of a website, even more important than content. This makes them build websites that shove colour on visitors’ face. Using garish green layouts or bright red colour is not ideal for a website. Websites with such colours would only be a visual nightmare. No professional web designer would make such a poor colour selection during web designing. If you notice such colour selection on any website, know that such mistake was only caused by a pushy client.
Too Many FontsChoosing the right fonts can do a lot of magic on your website and for your content. If you need to present your texts in a more professional manner, use Arial font. If you need more characters, try Papyrus. If you need to make the texts more appealing to kids, use the Comic Sans font while using the Sans Serif fonts makes your texts very easy to read on various screens.
With the many numbers of fonts available, you may find it difficult to decide on which font to choose from for your content. So, you may decide to use different fonts for each piece of text. With this, you may end up using about 20 different fonts or more! Avoid this as much as possible. In fact, don’t try to do that.
Using too many fonts on your website can make seeing and reading the text a bit difficult and confusing respectively as each font fights for attention. As a result, the text will lose its flow as readers move their eyes from font to font, instead of focusing on the main body of text.
MusicAnother awful element on websites is music. Although in the early 2000s, music on websites was one of the most notable website elements. A practical example was MySpace, which enables users to add their own music to their profile. Though the idea of adding music to your website was to help to communicate an idea of what your personality is and who you are to your visitors, it is now an archaic style.
Most website owners use this element for years, despite the fact that any time a visitor comes onto their website, the first thing they do is figure out how to turn off this seemingly awful music. What this means is that adding music to your website is more of a disturbance and distraction because the music you choose may not be appealing to every (or any) of your website visitors. Most times, having music on your website changes visitors’ first thought from: “This website looks lovely. What is the first thing I should look at?” to “How do I turn off this awful music?” This gives your visitors the wrong foot to start off.
BackgroundsIt’s really a bad idea to have a dreadful background on your website. It’s pathetic that aside awful background, some websites also include distracting bright stars. Though you may not see the space-background theme on most website, dark background themes with repeating patterns are still mostly seen on lots of websites. These backgrounds could be very distracting even if the repeated patterns are made of your business logo. This style would only ruin your website layout and make your website look unimaginably juvenile.
Your website background should always be a block colour, either faded or pastel. This will help to highlight and compliment the content on your website, rather than causing the contents to fight for attention.
Except if you are running an ARG on your website, avoid confusing navigation as much as possible. An ARG (Augmented Reality Game) is played online on multiple websites. Players must dig around multiple websites to solve the puzzles required to continue the game story. For ARG to be interesting, the website navigation is intentionally set to be confusing so as to make it challenging for players to solve.
Chances are that your website is for your business operations and not ARG. Hence, your website should have clean and simple navigation. You should know that a user who is visiting your website for the first time has not yet gotten engaged with your website and wouldn’t appreciate struggling to figure out how to navigate through your website.
Hence, always make navigation on your website as simple and enjoyable as possible to give a better user experience.
Try as much as possible to avoid these 5 awful elements on your website. If you think your website has any of these awful elements, then it’s time you should consider updating your website because these 5 elements are a big no-no in the web designing world.