Posted tagged ‘Design’

Three Web Design Elements to Avoid

February 28, 2009

There are many components of good web design which include accessibility design, interface or layout design, user experience design and graphic design. As webmaster you want your visitors to have the best experience possible when they are on your site.

If you have the best product or service and if your site is poorly designed it will drive your visitors away. The following three elements are annoying to me and I’m sure alot of other web surfers out there are just as annoyed with them as I am. So here we go.

1. Background music – Not advisible unless you are promoting a band or other music related items. Don’t loop the music. It gets anoying after awhile. If you must have music at least have the option to mute or turn it off. Also, users on dial up will not appreciate the longer download time to view your site.

2. Extreme large or small text – Keep your viewer in mind when choosing the size of text. If you have mostly older viewers then by all means use a larger text. 14 or 16 point text should do in this case. And don’t go smaller than 10 point. 12 point is standard in most cases. Visitors want to view your content with out straining their eyes.

3. Pop-up windows – Pop-ups are annoying. Yes, I know alot of you use them to get the viewers attention. And you have success with them. But for the most part they get in the way of reading the important content on your site. At least I hope you don’t have important information in your pop-ups. It may not get seen.

Keep these three tips in mind when you design your website. Or if you already have a site compare these tips with your site. Take heed, and you will have a more effective site.

Till next time,

Joann

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