When we think about web design, it’s not just the visual appearance. The total concept involves the overall functionality and user experience of a site. Although UX preference may vary person to person, there is a thing called standard practice. From that point of view, let’s see some common mistakes in web design.

 

1. Bad Navigation

Usually, visitors come to your website to learn something, not to research with its elements. But a user may need to do some hard work if you mess up things with unorganized navigations. Give the visitor a straight-forward way to surf the site’s core sections. It can be a menu bar at the top of the site. Provide the user with an easily recognizable link to go back to the homepage from every other pages of the site. The best practice could be linking home from the site’s logo. 

 

2. Failing to Provide Basic Information

Well, this may sound silly. But it also happens. Don’t forget to add a well documented ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ page. I’ve seen many websites where I struggled to find the Contact page. Also put all of your social media links on an easily noticeable area so that a user can see your public engagements and connect. 

 

3. Cluttering Contents

It’s more of design than anything else. Show the site contents in a clean and organized structure. Use consistent font size, font color, image size etc. Let the user relax and keep surfing your site. Look at eBay, a globally popular ecommerce site which has lots of items to display.

They took this approach to offer a smooth user experience.

 

4. Using Pagination in Wrong Way

Pagination is a necessary feature used on sites that deal with lots of contents, especially dynamic contents. Ecommerce sites, blogs and news sites, for example, use pagination to showcase contents in an ordered list. This is pretty okay. But how would it feel if you divide an article into several pages and make the visitor load another page just to read the next portion of the same article? A single article usually doesn’t be too long that an individual page can’t accommodate it. Splitting a post unnecessarily might increase ‘page views’, but it may seem to be annoying. So be careful!

 

5. Failing to Include a Search and Subscription Bar

Users visit a site to explore contents. Including a search bar will definitely improve their experience by providing a tool to discover desired contents with keywords. An email subscription method is a hot cake in the all-time web administration best practice because it helps to gain new visitors and retain them. Both of these tools also increase user engagement. 

 

I tried to cover most of the common web design mistakes in this article. Do you want to add some new points? Please tell us via comments.