Eight Mistakes in Web Site Design
by Vix! October 05, 2000
Click, Laugh and Enjoy @ www.sallini.com
maintenance is an on-going process. It starts with adding your URL address to
and ends by updating your site information.
The following tips help you create an enjoyable site to
all your visitors:
Try Not to Use
designers think that frames are the answer to all their
navigation needs. While providing
some help in one area, they have other disadvantages.
be helpful as a table of contents. In other words, while
being somewhere deep inside your site, the visitor can go
many steps back in one frame simply by clicking on a link
inside another frame. This will speed up the process and
will help get a clear map of your site. On the other
hand, your visitors cannot bookmark a certain page, nor
can you track where they are going.
Another common disadvantage is that old browsers do not
support frames and this may cause your visitors a lot of
Don't Make Your
Site the Newest Web Technology Exposition
Before using new
technology in your site, take into consideration that
most of your visitors may not have the newest browser
that supports it. In such cases, it would be nice to
provide multiple pages with different levels of
technology, and allow the visitors to choose which page
to visit. Otherwise, you may lose them forever.
Users have to
type the URL in the location area, so avoid long URL
names. Try to make your site map as clear as possible by
choosing appropriate URL names that are meaningful and
easy to remember. Using lowercase letters uniquely in all
your names will
make URLs easier to memorize.
appealing aspect of the Web is that information can
change rapidly and sometimes dynamically. One of the most
frustrating things for a visitor is when a site has not
been recently updated. Updating your site regularly is
well worth the time spent.
Provide a Site
If you have a
very big web site provide a map for it. Often sites are
created on the Web without a clear sense of how all the
pages connect together. This lack of clarity will
decrease the number of visitors day after day. Having the
Site Map available would make it easier for the visitors
to know where they are and where they are going.
Standard Link Colors
One of the few
stable properties among all Web Browsers, is that links to unvisited pages
are blue; links to previously visited pages are purple or
red; and active links are red. Changing these colors may
lead to confusion. Before changing them, make sure you
have a good reason.
Avoid Long Load
Until all sites
load in an acceptable time (which is less than 30 seconds
general), this will
continue to be the largest problem facing the Web. People
simply are not willing to wait more than 30 seconds for a
site to load before they move on to the next one. One
good solution for such a case is to use small-sized
pictures, and only
Maintain A4 paper
size in your web page
Many web pages
are, when printed, larger than an A4 paper. This will
cause dramatic errors since some text won't fit on the
paper. Thus, when designing your page, make sure you take
appropriate layout measures.