5 Most Common Web Design Mistakes

Written by Candice Pardue

As you're designing your new web site, you'll be tempted with web design ideas that could turn into fatal mistakes. This is especially true if your web site represents your business. Below are five ofrepparttar most common mistakes to avoid at all costs...

1. Too Many Graphics

Having too many graphics (particularly large graphics), can cause your site to load entirely too slow. Visitors will get impatient and often times click out of your site -- never to return.

SOLUTION: When possible save your graphics as GIF files (gif.htm) rather than JPEG (jpg.htm). Also, reduce your graphic in actual size as much as you can without distortingrepparttar 134810 graphic or picture.

2. Counters

A visitor counter or hits counter should not be seen on your site unless you have trememdous traffic. The reason for this is visitors really don't want to know which visitor they are, especially if they're visitor number four. There's no benefit to your visitor, nor is there any benefit to you. The only way showing a counter is advantageous is if you've had millions of visitors and wish to displayrepparttar 134811 popularity of your site or would like to attract advertisers withrepparttar 134812 large numbers. Otherwise, you can use this space for a benefit-packed headline that leads your visitor to another part of your site.

SOLUTION: Most web hosts offer web statistics that reveal daily visitors, hits, referrers, etc. This feature will let you know how many people are visiting your site withoutrepparttar 134813 whole world seeingrepparttar 134814 information. If you're just starting out, make sure your web host offers this free service.

3. Banners

Limit your banners torepparttar 134815 bare necessities. Why? Because banners are graphics that can slow loading time and are a turn-off for many surfers onrepparttar 134816 internet. For most, "banner" is just another word for "ad" and they avoid clicking on them.

SOLUTION: If you do have a banner or two, placerepparttar 134817 banner atrepparttar 134818 very top or bottom of your page. Or you could place a small banner in your sidebar. Most people will look atrepparttar 134819 first picture they see and then start reading belowrepparttar 134820 picture, so any writing or links that are aboverepparttar 134821 banner may remain unnoticed. Also,repparttar 134822 banners on your site should be related to your product or service. Remember, everything on your site should work together to benefit your target customer.

Elements of Interface Design

Written by Cheryl R Cowtan

First impressions count andrepparttar first impression a visitor receives when they arrive at a site isrepparttar 134809 look or visual appeal ofrepparttar 134810 design. The visual design of a site is referred to asrepparttar 134811 interface. Judging a Web site by it's interface design is similar to judging a book by its cover or judging a person by their looks. It may not be logical but it is typical human nature.

Outward appearance presentsrepparttar 134812 image and professionalism ofrepparttar 134813 site company or owner and it can affectrepparttar 134814 comfort level ofrepparttar 134815 visitor. Interface design consists of specific elements, all or some of which are used regularly inrepparttar 134816 creation of a site's "face". Knowing what these elements are, and how to use them well, will assist you in your Interfacing.

1) Say It With Symbols. Symbolism is used often in interface design inrepparttar 134817 form of icons or graphics. That first impression must be made quickly beforerepparttar 134818 site visitor clicks away and without a voice, a Web site relies on imagery for representation. Services, product or content can be splashed onrepparttar 134819 screen as a grabber or colours, fonts and images can present an online presence, whether professional or playful. Symbolism can be metaphoric, abstract or conceptual and is a powerful visual aid to a site visitor.

2) Keep It Uncluttered. Every feature ofrepparttar 134820 interface should be obvious torepparttar 134821 visitor and should be used based on need, otherwise it becomes clutter. A font that is hard to read, graphics that look like buttons but are not linked, text that is underlined as headings are elements that do not perform their purpose. To avoid confusion, design using features that are needed to presentrepparttar 134822 image you are working towards and that assist inrepparttar 134823 navigation of your site while flatteringrepparttar 134824 interface.

3) Make Navigation Easy. Navigation often influencesrepparttar 134825 interface design more than most designers would like it to. This important aspect must be consistent and must be logical torepparttar 134826 visitor. Consistent navigation means that your menu is a part of your interface - it will be on each page. This aspect of your design will be affected byrepparttar 134827 structure you have chosen forrepparttar 134828 site. Good navigation design can be added to asrepparttar 134829 site grows without negatively interfering withrepparttar 134830 design ofrepparttar 134831 interface.

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