The Most Common Mistakes in Web-Design

Jacob Nielsen, a world-renowned usability specialist, has published a list of the ten most common web design mistakes. The list is constantly updated, but web design errors do not disappear.

We bring to your attention a list of web design errors that are still quite common in the design of modern sites.

Unreadable text. Too small or too large fixed font prevents website visitors from properly seeing your information. The letters, practically indistinguishable from the background, are not visible, and toxic-acid combinations of colors hurt the eyes.

Custom links. This rather common mistake combines non-standard selection or, on the contrary, the lack of selection of links in the text. JavaScript in links complicates indexing of a site and interferes with website promotion. The link should clearly tell the visitor where they will get when you click on it, it must lead to the page that it points to, and, of course, it should work!

Flash technology on the site. Nowadays, when the general desire to have a flash technology on their site among the majority of site owners has subsided, and flash-technologies themselves have become more developed and progressive, this mistake no longer has such a destructive value for web site design. However, it should be remembered that search engines still do not recognize flash and cannot properly index the site. 

Outdated content on the site. It would seem that with the advent of modern content management systems, updating the materials on the site has become easier, you no longer need to go directly into the HTML-code of the pages, changing its content. A well-structured archive of site news is essential in WEB 2.0. The site structure is thought over at the initial stage when the site promotion has not yet been carried out in order to avoid the appearance of “broken” links in the index of search engines.

Inconvenient image sizes. With an increase in the speed of access to the Internet, many site owners add large (and very large!) pictures and photographs to the site, but their excessive size slows down the loading of the site. There is a solution - use the so-called thumbnails, which at the request of the visitor can be displayed in full size. Using this technology is justified when the difference in image size is very noticeable. 

Bad search engine. Poor organization of the in-built search engine in the conditions of information saturation of a site is a big issue. After all, a poor-quality search engine that can be used in order to find the necessary information on the site is a loss of a potential client.

Inconvenient data entry forms. Web forms for data entry must contain the correct names of the input fields, making it clear to anyone what data they must enter. Sophisticated registration forms are no longer in vogue, and privacy on the Internet is appreciated more and more, so you need to go towards simplifying forms of interaction.

Slow loading pages. Visitors are becoming more demanding and impatient. The site’s pages should load in seconds - no one waits longer than a minute, which imposes certain restrictions on the used web technologies and puts forward mandatory requirements for optimizing graphics.

New windows. Using target = "_ blank" for internal linking of pages is simply unacceptable because a user can independently open the link in a new window using the context menu.