It can be very frustrating when you navigate a website and you find a lot of common mistakes to decrease the site’s usability. This makes the site inaccessible to your visitors and worse, you’d get dropped in the search engines if your site is not robust and contains broken scripts and links. However simple or complicated a website is and how seasoned the web developer can be, the usability design and errors can still occur.
We’ll tackle these 10 most common mistakes and hopefully this 2015, all websites will not have these issues and Web Developers are more aware and not make the same mistake again.
Poor Website Navigation
This is the most common of all and the most overlooked issue by most web developers and designers. A website should be easy to follow and only use appropriate navigational buttons which links directly to each parts of the site. Make sure that each page within your website should link back to a central home page.
There is one method to help web developers to make their website easier to navigate and that is to display a sitemap with the current page in correlation to the main page.
Some web developers’ uses fancy texts and non-contrasting colors which make the words difficult to read and with high contrasting colors, it can also be hard for those with color blindness issues. Keep in mind the font size, face, style and general font readability.
Poor Image Use
When you are using images in relation to the text content, do not overuse the images on your web page – it can get boring and dry. As much as possible and what we recommend, provide text descriptions on all the images you use and links.
Formatting is not optimised and browser compatibility issues
A webpage that is poorly formatted can show up weird in some website browsers. If the browser you are working on may display the page correctly and then when you try to open it on another browser can display an unreadable mess. That would be very embarrassing don’t you think?
Lacking Accessibility Options
Accessibility options means voice readers to read out web content aloud for those users that do not have time to read, or it can be special input devices to help in navigating the website. For those with images, text descriptors with links can help users have more accessibility options. Not all users are like you, you’ll find out that there are a lot that needs assistance in accessing a website. Whatever they feel more comfortable – it’s all about being user-friendly.
Overusing of multimedia with no viewing options
Some web developers overuse the multimedia implementing flash-driven pages that can make a site un-viewable on some browsers. Sites that are not flash compatible will not work on some web browsers like in Internet Explorer 64-bit as this does not have a Flush plugin up until this time. Think of better ways in offering an alternative page with no flash or multimedia content.
Overusing of texts
This can make the page difficult to read for most users and can be too overwhelming to read that they simple leave your site. If possible, break your texts apart in short paragraphs composed of 4 sentences within one paragraph or use bullet points – whichever is easier to read.
Lacking of Page Anchors
If your site lacks anchors, it will be a bit hard to navigate or use. Anchors help visitors to move to different sections of your website easily. Also make sure to label your anchor links to avoid any confusion as to what it is about.
It is just natural that we want to monetise our website to help cover the cost, but did you know that having a lot of ads on the website can detract users from having a better web experience? It can also be very daunting and hard for visitors to maneuver around.
You need to understand that these usability problems are not uncommon and can sometimes get overlooked by even the most professional web developers and designers. Be aware of these issues and you’ll have the best website online.