Whether you want to create a blog, an online store or any other sort of website, web design is a huge part of doing that. While content is king, you definitely still need to put a lot of time and thought into how you design your website.
The way that you design it will depend on the website you have, how creative/in-depth you want to get and more. To make sure you can do your best to avoid any mistakes, this article is going to look at some of the most common ones to watch out for.
While some tools and services have made it simpler, completely designing and creating your own website is something that still takes a bit of skill and a lot of time. Even if you put in a lot of time and feel okay about your work, there are still problems that can arise and cause you a lot of stress.
However, if you don’t feel you can do it all alone and still have the quality as good as you desire, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Whether you want to hire a website design company or work with a freelancer, there are many ways to get some help with web design. Many offer a variety of packages at a variety of different price points, so there is something for everyone.
In the modern day, simply having your website look and perform good on a desktop computer simply isn’t going to cut it. As of the start of 2017, around half of all internet traffic comes from mobile devices, so it is imperative that your website looks just as good on a phone or tablet as it does on a desktop or laptop.
While some website builders and such will automatically make your website optimized/look good on mobile, this isn’t always the case. As a result, you need to perform tests before your website goes live, to ensure it looks good everywhere. Not only should it look good on mobile, but should also be intuitive and run well.
While you want your website (especially you home page) to be a good source of information, there is a very thin line between having the right amount of information on your screen, and having far too much. Each page should have only the necessary information and most important stats or numbers, everything can just make it feel to crowded. If a person goes to a website and the homepage (or any page, for that matter) is too busy, they will often feel overwhelmed and decide to look at a different site to fulfill their needs.
If you are confused about if your website has too much or not enough, run some tests with individuals and ask for some feedback. There are plenty of sources online to be able to find people willing to view, test and review your website and give their thoughts.
In conclusion, designing a solid website can be easier now than ever thanks to all the available tools, but there are still some all-too-common mistakes to watch out for. We hope that this article was able to help you identify these mistakes before you go ahead and make them yourself.