There are certain mistakes that you need to avoid while designing websites. In today‘s article, we will be highlighting three major ones — and telling you how to avoid them. Add without further ado, the mistakes to avoid while designing websites include:
- Using color in the wrong way: color can easily turn into a distraction, if it is not used in the right way. That is why, in most cases, a black and white format is preferred – with other colors only being used in the header and on the sidebars to highlight important things. Unless it is an online casino website you are designing (in which case you‘d be allowed to use color generously), it is – in all other cases – advisable to use color sparingly.
- Using fonts in the wrong way: the general rule is to avoid using fancy fonts, unless you really have to. You also need to avoid using ‘unique‘ fonts that may be unreadable on certain browsers. Remember, just like colors, the fonts can easily turn out to be a distraction. And furthermore, through the use of fancy fonts, you may end up making an otherwise official/formal website look unofficial/informal – thus sending the wrong message. It is therefore critical to ensure that you use just the right fonts. You can visit a website like, say, www.myloweslife.com, (which is Lowes HR portal), to see how the plain fonts can be used to great effect. In a nutshell, you are advised not to use fancy fonts unless it is really necessary. Related to this is the advice for you to avoid using fonts that are either too small or fonts that are too big for any given purpose.
- Using multi-media elements in the wrong way: the multi-media elements we are making reference to here include embedded video and sound files (as well as graphics). If you are not careful in the way you use such elements, you could easily end up slowing down your website. Furthermore, if the first thing that visitors to your website encounter is a video or sound file, that may be rather off-putting. So the best thing is to ensure that you only use the multi-media elements sparing – and only when you really need to.