Ten Things That Loose You Credibility As Web Designers


Ten Things That Loose You Credibility As Web Designers

Ten Things That Loose You Credibility as​ Web Designers.
1) a​ hit counter
Is it​ 1998? Why do you need one? Many clients want some way to​ track their visitors or​ see how many unique visits they have .​
Do them a​ favor and​ don't use a​ CGI or​ visible hot counter .​
The world uses invisible tracking now .​
Google analytics is​ free and​ incredibly useful .​
Give them access to​ that .​
Educate your client if​ this is​ a​ problem .​
You're the​ web designer.
2) Black backgrounds
Black backgrounds can be pulled off really only by professional designers .​
If you are one, great for​ you, if​ not, stick to​ white or​ a​ brighter color .​
And for​ the​ love of​ God, don't place a​ dark text on a​ dark background .​
Use your common sense .​
Educate your client if​ this is​ a​ problem .​
You're the​ web designer.
3) Background Music
If I​ want to​ listen to​ music, I​ have my own, and​ I​ have my own player .​
Visitors to​ a​ website are there for​ a​ reason .​
To find what they are looking for​ .​
Do not intrude on that .​
Your job is​ to​ make that information available and​ present it​ in​ the​ most appealing way .​
You are a​ web designer, not a​ DJ .​
If I’m listening to​ music while browsing, I​ don't want yours overlaid .​
It's very annoying .​
Educate your client if​ this is​ a​ problem .​
You're the​ web designer.
4) Pointless JavaScript
Disabling right click has no purpose apart from annoying people and​ making you look unprofessional .​
Avoid using pointless free JavaScript widgets just for​ the​ sake of​ it .​
Scrolling text in​ the​ status bar .​
If you want to​ present information, present it​ on the​ page .​
Educate your client if​ this is​ a​ problem .​
You're the​ web designer.
5) Spelling and​ Grammar
How difficult is​ it​ to​ run a​ spell check? We all make mistakes .​
We're human after all .​
Even the​ spell checkers make mistakes .​
But chronic misspellings and​ poor grammar just makes you look stupid.
6) Banners and​ Ads
By all means use them, but not too many/only if​ your site is​ established .​
CPM advertising can be a​ great way to​ earn revenue, but plastering every pixel of​ screen real estate with banners and​ ads makes you look like you’re just in​ it​ for​ the​ money .​
Maybe you are, but have at​ least some decent content to​ justify it .​
Adsense and​ other contextual advertising should HELP your users .​
Remember that .​
Popups on landing pages just annoy people.
7) Overuse of​ Flashy Graphics
If I​ want flashing and​ colorful lights, Ill go to​ a​ disco .​
Once, twice or​ even three times and​ it​ has my attention .​
That’s enough.
8) Flash Splash Pages
Does anyone really need to​ see your 3 minute graphics presentation? Probably not .​
If you are trying to​ show off, let a​ visitor choose if​ they want to​ see it .​
If you MUST show a​ flash splash screen, at​ least give the​ option to​ skip it.
9) Asking users to​ join before viewing content or​ a​ forum
This one really grinds my gears .​
If you have a​ forum or​ have useful content, show it .​
Do not make members sign up to​ view it .​
They should only sign up to​ post/reply/contribute .​
Limiting viewing of​ content will drive visitors away in​ droves.
10) Browser Dependence
Dont make your website Designed for​ Internet Explorer or​ any other browser .​
Make it​ accessible and​ cross browser compatible .​
Why on earth would you or​ your client want to​ exclude anyone? Use your brain .​
Educate your client if​ this is​ a​ problem .​
You're the​ web designer.






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