When it comes to creating a great website design for your business, it’s one of those things you really can’t afford to overlook. Professional web designs are essential for integrated digital marketing campaigns, and mobile web designs are important if you want to reach out to more internet users through their smartphones or tablets.
But let’s be honest for a minute here — small business owners typically don’t know too many details on graphic design, so it only makes sense that their web design ideas might not be the greatest either. To be fair, unless you own and operate a business of professional web developers, as a small business owner you aren’t really expected to know all the ins and outs of awesome digital graphic design work.
In most cases, you’ll find the biggest return on investment when you choose to work with an experienced web design company that can optimize your website for mobile devices, for desktops, and even for search engine optimization.
That being said, there are a few ways you can improve your website right now all by yourself, simply by avoiding some of the biggest, most major, horrible, worst-ever graphic design website mistakes:
- Comic sans font: Is your website actually one big digital comic? If so, you may use this font. If not, the rest of the world wants this font to be destroyed. It doesn’t look professional, and it’s also so overused that it doesn’t even look fun anymore.
- Auto-play videos: Besides bogging down a page’s loading time, there’s nothing worse than working on your computer late at night in a dark room, clicking a link to open a new tab, and then getting the bejezus scared out of you when a music player or video starts blaring.
- Underlined text that isn’t a hyperlink: If you’re creating a hyperlink to another page, it’s best to format the content so the text automatically changes color and gets underlined; this tells the reader to click for more info. Otherwise, avoid using underlined text. It just gets confusing and super frustrating for the visitor.
Now we want to hear some of your tips — what graphic design and web development mistakes absolutely infuriate you on websites? Let us know!