Web design is easy to do, and hard to master. Anyone can build a website these days, using a wide range of free CMS’s, but these sites are rarely exceptional.
Because of the prevalence of blogs and easy to build sites, a number of myths have arisen that stem from the inexperienced. If your average Joe builds a site, thinks it’s killer, then passes along this knowledge to his friend, any myths and faults are passed with it.
So, it’s time to quell these mysteries. Sure, anyone can build a website, but to build a functioning website you need professionalism and internet sleight of hand.
These are the biggest web design myths that have sprung from the depths of the web. Avoid them, and you’ll have the perfect webpage in no time.
- More stuff is better
Sure, images and widgets look great, but having too many is just unnecessary. The more content your page has to load, the slower it will load. You’ll turn people away, and they won’t even get to see how awesome the rest of your site is!
- It’s a one man show
Operating businesses aren’t run by one person. The same is true of web design. It’s simply impossible to account for every single task, by yourself. SEO, branding, marketing, landing pages, navigation… there’s too much to consider. There’s a reason why businesses use providers like Perth Web Design, and there’s a reason why businesses outsource. It’s for efficiency and productivity.
- Lots of words is the way to go!
Sure, SEO and site efficiency relies heavily on the written word, but if people are greeted by blocks of text on your homepage, they won’t read it. Use a combination of pictures, videos, widgets, text to draw people’s attention instead.
- Yey, it works on my laptop! Time to launch!
WRONG! Just because everything is smoother than a bald man’s head on one laptop or PC, doesn’t mean everything is optimized. You need to conduct tests on mobile, tablets, games consoles and TV’s to ensure universal compatibility.
- Looks are everything
This might be a true statement in a beauty pageant, but here, it’s irrelevant. I’ve seen countless sites that look gorgeous, but their navigation leaves a lot to be desired. Focus on substance, and the style will surely follow.
- Put the most important content at the top
Really? I get it, I mean, the top of the page is what people will see first. But should you just forget about the bottom half of the page? I don’t remember the last time I scrolled down Facebook and the site just stopped working when I hit the bottom. You get the point here, and it’s important to spread all the good stuff out.
- My site should look the same on different devices
No, it shouldn’t! You will have to design your images so that they display a certain section on mobile, to make up for the smaller display. For example, a mobile site will only display the middle section of your header. So, put your company logo in the middle!