It’s easy to spot a bad website, but harder to actually put a finger on what makes it bad. Here are a few easy mistakes to make that can really ruin your website:
- Using background music. This is a no-no for a professional website. It makes the website take longer to load (especially on a mobile device) and no one has their volume turned on at work. And if they do, they will just be annoyed that your website just disturbed all of their cubicle mates. Save the music for your myspace page.
- Use every millimeter of space. Don’t do this! Your square footage of screen space is virtually limitless! Ever notice how nice houses and restaurants have lots of blank walls? It is pleasing and calming to the eye! Use wide borders and “enter” spaces to create some negative space to avoid it looking too cluttered.
- Put everything on one page. You don’t want to give your reader a finger cramp from scrolling forever. It may be tempting for the novice webpage designer to simply keeping adding to 1 page but try to get comfortable creating tabs and navigation buttons.
- Use radical color schemes. Use your “color wheel” from 5th grade art class to see what colors work together best. Stick to 1 or 2 complementary colors. Or stick to a neutral palette. Too many flashy or bright colors will make your website look juvenile or amateur.
- Use Google translator to translate your whole website. Google translator is way too literal and although it has gotten better over the years, it still has a tendency to translate things word for word. Do yourself and your readers a favor and find a friend who speaks your target language to proofread any translations before you upload them.