Whether you design websites, manage your organization’s CMS or are just curious about what NOT to do when it comes to web design, there are plenty of things to consider.
Some websites are outdated.
Some websites aren’t accessible.
Some aren’t responsive.
And some pages drive you or your designer crazy.
Below are 10 things we suggest NOT to do when building a website or blog.
1. Not having a responsive site
It’s 2020 and there’s no excuse for your site to not be responsive. Responsive web design was thought up almost 10 years ago, with it becoming a standard practice more than 5 years ago. Every single website that’s viewed on a computer needs to be just as viewable on a phone or tablet.
3. Not closing your tags
If you’re writing code and don’t double-check your work, you could easily miss a closing tag. While not all tags require a closing tag, it’s better to err on the side of caution and close every tag you open. This sets the standard for organized code and won’t give you a bunch of red error messages in your code editor.
4. Not using comments
Comments are a great way to help document your HTML. They aren’t rendered on the webpage itself but are visible to anyone that views the pages source code. Comments are usually used to explain something in the code or for debugging purposes. They’re also used as a way to help the developer understand their code when they come back to later on.
6. Not using an SSL/TLS certificate
Website security is of the utmost importance in this day and age. Recently, we wrote up a post about the Importance of HTTPS and Security Certificates. Having an unsecured website can appear as “Dangerous” and therefore Google penalizes your website ranking.
7. Not using code structure
8. Not using a CTA
No matter the purpose of your website, you need to have a call-to-action (CTA.) Your CTA is the gateway to your business. It commands your visitors to do something, whether it’s to “Click here”, “Download now”, or “Learn more!”
9. Not being smart about SEO
Your visibility on search engines should be a top priority. If someone searches for a business in your industry, wouldn’t it be great if you were on the first page of results? Making SEO a priority will improve traffic which in turn improves revenue. You can read more about our Best Practices for SEO on our blog.
10. Not having your site be accessible
Those with disabilities need to be able to access your website, just like they need to be able to access a building. Just as important as ramps and braille signs, providing means of access to the disabled community is extremely important. Read about How to Make Your Web Design More Accessible on our blog.
There are plenty of ways to make your website a total train wreck and there are plenty of ways to improve your website. Most people have a website to improve traffic to their business and generate leads and revenue.
Follow these ten guidelines to assure that your website is up to par with both your visitors and yourself.
Check out our other blog posts about Web Design:
- A Review of Today’s Web Hosting Options
- Hiring a Web Designer: Full-Time, Freelance, or Agency?
- How to Choose the Right Content Management System for Your Website
- Better Off Dead: 10 Outdated Web Design Trends We’re Happy to Forget
- The Evolution of Responsive Web Design: How We Went from Desktops to Smartphones
- 13 Pet Peeves That Drive Designers and Developers Crazy
- Have you made any of these mistakes?
- Do you disagree with any of our points?