There are a lot of articles out there that explain the top ten mistakes to web design navigation; however, the reality is – there are more than ten web design mistakes out there. That is why we have compiled a list of as many web design mistakes we can think of. Read, enjoy and watch out for the following in your web design project:
Over-complex URL structures – stay away from URL’s that are hard to remember and even harder to type in. Stick to a simple keyword based URL structure. This will ensure that your page is seen by those looking for it and will also make it easier for readers to identify the content on your page before visiting it.
HTML Tables – if you have the choice, pick CSS rather than HTML tables. CSS is faster, more reliable and offers a number of cool features. HTML tables really can’t compare.
Unsearchable websites – make sure all your pages are searchable and SEO friendly, not just your home page.
“Drop Down” Menus – drop down menus can confuse things by hiding some of the information that the viewer might be looking for. Make it simple and straightforward and steer clear of drop down menus.
Don’t forget the Text Navigation – text navigation is faster and more reliable than Image navigation, especially considering many users will browse the internet with images turned off.
Bring it “Back” – another big mistake many web designers make is breaking the ‘back’ link to your webpage. Make sure your viewers can follow their steps back, if they want to.
Don’t use horizontal scrolling – it’s annoying and useless. Make sure your website fits inside a 1024 by 768 pixel screen to avoid the horizontal scroll.
No long pages – horizontal aside, long pages are also incredibly annoying. Make your web pages short and sweet. It will improve the navigation structure and make your site a lot more readable.
Avoid Pop Ups – most pop ups are blocked anyway. It’s best to stay away from pop ups on your site.
Avoid too many versions – stick to one, either Flash or HTML, 56kbps or 128kbps. Don’t confuse the reader anymore than you have to.
Avoid advertising blending – would you like some adverts with your content? Not likely. So don’t do it.
Avoid complex navigation structures – you want to impress your viewers with your web design skills right? But this does not mean choosing a navigation structure that should come with its own manual. Make your website have a single, clear navigation structure so anyone, grandma included, can browse your site.
Avoid “intros” – making the viewer sit through a forty second introduction to your site is not going to sit well with anyone, especially those in a hurry.
So there you have it – avoid the following errors in navigation and watch your website soar in SEO success. Contact us today for more information on how we can improve your business or create your company a web presence that will dominate the search engines and deliver results. Call today at (612) 558-1020 for a free phone consultation.