In these days, simply having a good-looking website is not enough. It takes a lot more to beat the online competitors and to stand apart in the market. Many businesses fail to capture the online market and eventually lose potential buyers due to the web design mistakes which are often ignored and thus their online reputation is spoiled and leaves them with no returns as expected. Here I have concluded the top 5 worst web design mistakes you shouldn’t overlook at any cost, these web design mistakes are pretty serious and can badly ruin your efforts:
#1: PDF formats for online content
Using PDF formats for online content is the biggest and the worst web design mistakes of all. Basically PDF formats are used for printing documents and are not meant for web browsing. Another big disadvantage of using PDF formats is that users don’t get to operate standard commands available in browsers which are used to print or save web documents. While, also the ability of copy/pasting gets disrupted. In majority of cases, the PDF file layouts are big and don’t go well with the standard size of the browser making it difficult to scroll properly and reading the small bits of scattered content. It also becomes hard to navigate and a great amount of time is needed to load the content.
#2: Media that plays in the background
Days have gone when users admired those websites which had media (music, videos or any other thing) playing in their backgrounds. Oh come’ on this is 21st century guys, where people want full control of their work and want to have things according to their way. If you have any sort of media that plays in the background of your website, remove it at this instant as sounds may disturb the visitor and force him to drive away, same goes with the video content. It also makes your website heavy. If you think it is way too necessary to have these things played in the background of your site then you should give an easy-to-find button for users to switch it off as per their desire. The idea here is to give first priority to a “BIG NO!” when it comes to background media and second priority to “let users decide”.
#3: Color of visited links remains unchanged
Color transformation of visited links help users know which pages they’ve already gone through and what is their current location and which links are still unvisited. This also helps in avoiding hitting the same link repeatedly. This aspect is often neglected and thus creates bad site usability impact on visitors.
#4: Websites developed for specific browser or version
It is not necessary for online visitors to only use specific browser or version for surfing the web. There are infinite choices available. Most of the business owners tend to forget this aspect and design their business websites for particular range of browsers or versions. Instead a website should be compatible with nearly all browsers. Even though it doesn’t open the same way as it does in other browsers but at least having a live website in virtually every browser ensures that you don’t lose a visitor or even a potential customer.
A tip for you: Users will never change their medium for visiting websites; however they can definitely change the platform (website) as per their comfort.
#5: Links popping in another browser window
Links that open in another browser window annoys a user the most. Many web designers have the misconception that by doing so, the user stays on the site rather than bouncing off to another platform. But this is not the case. As it immobilizes the back button which helps a user to go back to the last visited page. This also creates a negative impact on users mind and thus he/she might never come back to your website again.