Although the concepts behind web design and development are relatively new and still in development, online users already know what to look for in a website. From text-based sites in the mid 90s to powerful, flat aesthetics and video backgrounds which became a trend this year, this field has taken leaps and bounds.
However, improvement means changes, and changes come with eliminations: and today, there are web design elements and tools you need to remove and dispose of. Here are some of which:
Incorporating Flash In 2014 Web Designs
A few months to go and we’re in the middle of the decade, and by next year, Flash could be completely erased from web design. Why? Despite the awesome animated experience this web design aesthetic dishes out, it comes with a lot of usability and performance issues. For example, designing a Flash website requires you to learn a completely new coding language. Its performance issues also come with a catch: loading times are LONG and only a few mobile devices support it. Unless if you’re designing a gaming website, ditch Flash: you’re better off resorting to less “flashy” yet functional websites instead.
A Vague Interface
Picture this: a user visits your website and BAM, his eyes are struck by truckloads of content. The primary reason the Internet exists in the first place is to share information and data, which is why you should never inhibit your visitors capability to access whatever you have in store for them. Creativity is appreciated and encouraged in primary school, but NOT in web design. The urge to innovate is always there, but it doesn’t give you the authority to place the menu bar at the bottom of the web page. Unfamiliar interfaces are confusing, and will most likely contribute to your bounce rate.
Too Much Images
Unless if the accessed content is a slideshow, a collection of images or a guide, a cardinal rule in web design is to NEVER place too much images in a single page. Some beautifully-designed websites even divide them into several pages, lessening loading times and enhancing functionality. Although images are there to enhance a web page’s appearance and capture and sustain the attention of users, too much of it will pave the way for usability and performance issues, so you’re better off resorting to one to three per page! Keep in mind that these elements are supplementary, and not the main attraction.
In the aspect of functionality, navigation is everything. Horizontal-scrolling websites are nothing but a memory, so and a one of the cardinal violations in web design. Nowadays, all websites must STRICTLY be vertical-scrolling ONLY, for obvious reasons. Scrolling left and right is not only a nightmare, but it also affects the functionality aspect as well, so be sure to eliminate it immediately. Other than that, keep the keywords in the menu bar simple and intuitive. Eliminate unnecessary words and options: if you have some called “Other Stuff” and “Unrelated Items”, it’s best to not include them in the first place – no one would click on them.
Overall, these elements and mistakes are something every fledgling web designer should fully avoid – unless if they want to fail in the business.