We are in a great period for web design. Big images, interesting typography, innovative user interfaces and advanced web development have created a play land for people browsing the web. Sites are mobile, responsive and evolving with businesses to provide the best experience for users. However, there are some problems and kinks that web designers have to get through in order to maintain simplicity and functionality in the digital age. These web design mistakes are a few of the more egregious mistakes that site developers have made recently.
1. Loading Screens
Even though every web designer knows people don’t like to wait, developers are still adding loading screens to websites. No one likes to wait online for a slow-loading website. There is no longer any eight second rule. People want to see a website load within a second of typing in the address. You have to ask yourself if the web site you are providing is worth losing people who don’t have the patience to watch your bar slowly fill up to a 100 percent. You can increase your site traffic just by doing away with a loading screen.
2. Hidden Navigation
Artistic web design often forgoes the navigation bar at the top, which is a silly idea and makes it very hard for users to navigate to any other pages on your site. That can also be a very frustrating experience. There are also HTML5 sites that are just made for scrolling. This means that they are scrolling to reveal new sections rather than using a navigation strip at the top. However, there are all kinds of problems for users who don’t want to keep scrolling to find what they’re looking for or who don’t realize what’s at the bottom of your page if you don’t have navigation.
3. Contrast Problems
When designing a site, you have to ensure that your color choices will work for all kinds of computer monitors. If you choose a dark gray with a slightly lighter gray text box with text that is just minimally light in gray, your users are going to have a bad time reading and writing anything in your contact form. Contrast colors in web design are meant to make things easier to understand while also be pleasing to the eye.
4. Dubious Icons
Many web designers want minimal design, and they are changing the navigation on their sites to use only icons instead of words. That’s a great idea, but it only works when they are obvious. Even then, some users simply won’t get what your icons are really supposed to symbolize. The best navigation bars use a single word to describe a page that will resonate with visitors.
5. Pop-Ups Everwhere
Nothing is more frustrating than a pop-up ad when you are trying to gain information or view something online. They are easy enough to click out of, but that begs the question, is it really worth frustrating visitors if they are just going to click the X in response? If you are looking for email subscribers, you can still use a pop-up but make sure it’s off to the side and doesn’t block the entire screen. For some websites, this tactic may work for your audience, but most likely it will just make others want to move on to another site.