Have you ever wondered why your “perfect" website is not
generating the kind of traffic you hoped it would? Time for a
reality check! Maybe your website isn't as perfect as you
thought! Heart broken? Don't be it's not too late to correct
those mistakes...Begin Now!
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make while
building their websites:
1.PAGE CANNOT BE FOUND :
Broken links and dead links can cause a lot of damage to your
website. Make sure all your links work - There is nothing more
annoying to your visitors than clicking on a link only to find a
‘page cannot be displayed' error message!
2.PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION :
Don't put a link on your site that takes you to a ‘page
under construction!' Put the link on the site when you have
something to offer. Don't toy with your visitors' time, patience
and emotions!!! Oh! And please take off that annoying
‘page under construction' logo right NOW!!!
3.MULTIPLE POP UPS :
Pop ups should be used wisely, if at all! Don't drive your
visitors crazy with multiple pop-up windows flooding their
screen. They will never forgive you for the time and effort they
had to waste in closing those pop-ups!!!
4.BLACK / GARISH LOOKING BACKGROUNDS :
Avoid using black as your page background color. It not only
makes it difficult to read the content on your website but also
makes your site look illegal and spammy! Make sure that your
site conveys useful information to your visitors and in the
process convinces them that you are worth doing business with.
5.ILLEGIBLE TEXT :
Make the content on your website easy to read, grasp and follow.
Use font sizes that will not strain the eyes while reading. The
content should gel well with your overall page format. Use
slightly bigger and bold text for main headings as compared to
your body copy.
6.LARGE HEAVY IMAGES
If you want to use images on your website, make sure to optimize
your image size as much as possible. Do not make your site heavy
by using big images that take ages to download. Avoid using
background images on your web page. They look shabby and
interfere with the user's experience of browsing through your
site. Too many moving logos, rotating images and other add-ons
can work negatively for your site. So be careful not to overdo.
7.FLASH INTRO'S WITH NO ESCAPE
If you want to use a flash introduction on your site, go ahead
use it. But do not forget to provide a “SKIP INTRO" or
“HTML Site" link as an option along with your flashy flash
movie!! Be thoughtful! Think of all those visitors who want to
skip right through to the real information on your site. This
way you have a nice intro running for those who care to see it
and a direct link to your site for those who don't.
8.LONG NEVER ENDING PAGES
Avoid making your pages too long : It is very frustrating for
visitors to your website to scroll down endlessly each page to
read what you have to say.....What adds to the problem is when
you have badly laid out content. Don't make them hunt for
information - lay it out well, structure it.....
These are just some of the mistakes to watch out for....don't
forget that building a good website is an on going process...so
hang in there and all the best!!
About the author:
Akanksha Sinha - is a freelance Web Content Writer and Web