15 Mistakes You Should Avoid in a Website
You have successfully accessed a given site and had the impression that something very wrong was done there? Bad this feeling, it is not the same? If you want to avoid visitors your site experience this same situation, keep an eye out in some of the details that can bring down the entire project. We go to them?
1 – important Content in pop-up windows
Today, even the less experienced users already have pop-up blockers enabled in browsers. This happens because such programs, generally, have this feature enabled by default. So, if the content is really important, do not try to invent fashion: put it on a normal page, and ensure that it will be seen by all visitors.
2 – Animations of opening
When the user accesses a site, he looks for information. For him, it matters little if you have learned techniques super cool in your course of Flash, he wants to access the site without waiting. So, avoid calls splash screens, that is, those animations opening of site, at all costs. But if you don’t you have the same other output – or when your customer insist very and do not open the hand of this resource – don’t forget put a link of “skip animation” (that works!).
3 – Music on the site
In some sites, especially those geared to the public more young, the music is an interesting tool. However, if it is not implemented with discretion, this feature can, in fact, create a bad impression on the user. Imagine if he is listening to music on your computer? Or if the box sound is on with the volume very high? And if he is referring to that page in your working environment? Here it is again tip: if you do not have another way and the music is required, don’t forget to include the volume controls, pause and stop.
4 – Site non-contact
Your website should be an island isolated from the rest of humanity. If you have nothing to say on the Internet, you should give people the chance to contact you to criticize, praise or add something to your ideas. Place a form and/or an address e-mail address for the user contact. I’ve already posted here in DigoPaul a column talking about how provide your e-mail efficiently on the site.
5 – Disable the keyboard
6 – Images poorly treated
Before you publish images and photos, treat them in an image editor in an appropriate way. If you publish a gallery of photos, for example, manages the files of the thumbnails in the right size. Do not display images with size different from the original, that is, if your image has 100×100 pixels, for example, and you want to display it with 50 pixels wide, generate a new file with the correct dimensions. Images “blown out highlights” leave the page ugly and are the more time-consuming to load, as the browser needs to render the new size. Images with high resolution also let the page heavy to load, which can make your visitor to give up and go to another site.
7 – web Site that does not work in any browser
Another subject that has already been treated here since my the first column. It is you that needs to adapt to the computer of the user, and not the other way around. Those who use other browsers that are not Internet Explorer know how it is frustrating to access a website and not be able to view your content or all of its features because they were designed only for one browser. Few people have the patience to open another browser to to continue browsing the site, or worse yet, many do not have another browser is installed.
8 – do Not test your links
You have already clicked on a link that took you to a page error? Have you filled out a form and was wondering if he was sent or not? Boring so… do Not let your the user has the same problem: test all of your pages, especially after you publish the site on the server. Read more in the following article on Development sites.
9 – Errors of Portuguese
Again, one more item that I have been citing since the the beginning, but it never hurts to repeat: if you want that for your site to be taken seriously, get your content out there in Portuguese the correct, without errors of grammar or typing. It is clear that one error or the other might escape, after all, to err is human, but do what you can to avoid them.
10 – Make available any content that depends on plugins
Today, the vast majority of the users have all the plugins the most common installed on their computers. However, it is not let your content rely solely on these resources. The visitor may be in an older computer, or even on a machine where can not install any plugin (who works at the company, for example), and so access to its contents is compromised. Whenever possible, offer a version in HTML, “normal” of your page.
11 – Lack of update
Don’t let your visitor feel in a ghost town of the the old-west. If you publish news on the site, keep the constant update. If your content is always the same and there is not much to update, but always give a modified in the details of the layout, add new photos, anyway, let your site busy.
12 – Lack of care with the <title>tag
If you use visual editors, take care not to publish a page with titles such as “untitled”, “Untitled document” or “untitled.html”. It is ugly, gives the impression of relaxation and carelessness, and still it hurts your site in the search engines.
13 – Content without reference
When you publish content from another site, don’t forget to give the proper credits to the author, linking the origin of the information, and only do this if you get permission. Articles third-party no credit have gone through a very bad impression, and you can still end up fixing problems with the true author of the information.
14 – tricky Navigation
We live in a hectic world, where people are in a hurry. They want that your page to load quickly, provide the information that they are looking for almost instantly and, if they need to navigate, don’t want to feel lost with a menu of “alternative”. Sometimes, bet on the traditional is the best way to hit, by this design the navigation of your site in the obvious way and objective.
15 – This page is under construction
If you have not yet developed your site entirely, do not publish pages “under construction” or with words like “soon”. Images .animated gif then are the end of the bite! If the content is not yet available, simply do not put the link to it, simple so.
The big tip here is to know your audience and tailor your site to it. Music, videos, and animations, all this can make a difference, but when properly applied. To understand the your target audience, find out what he expects from your site and balance your content with the conscious application of resources that you have in your hands is a combination that may be the key to the success of your project.