Have you ever visited a website, explored it for a while and then thought- ‘is it what they call a website? I call it annoying!’ The World Wide Web is filled with plethora of websites that fight their way through cut-throat competition, to hook to that special place in a viewer’s memory, and sometimes browser too. But, the saddening fact is that only a handful of them are actually able to create, what is known to be, an unparalleled web persona. While the other ‘major’ half struggles to elevate from being annoying to being acceptable.
As you design a website never think about what the visitor would like. Instead, focus on what he would hate to see lurking even in the nearest proximity of his web browser. Understanding needs is quite simplistic, but understanding what is ‘not needed’ can be challenging. For instance, a flash banner can liven up your website, but if it obstructs a visitor’s navigation, it can turn things against you. Similarly, visitors love web designs that are splashed with a rainbow of colors, but a blinding color scheme can annoy anyone and everyone. It can obstruct the user’s concentration span, and he might want to leave your website immediately. Many web designers, especially amateurs, simply ‘love’ their work and at times go overboard while displaying their creativity. It is great to make your web design attractive and alluring, but is it necessary to assault the visitor’s mind with it? Not at all!
Designers often overlook the fact that a web design is like a message board for the visitors, and it should do nothing but serve this purpose. If a web design is all about beauty and nothing about brains, it can shove the users away. Let your web design speak and display what the visitor wants to read and see- information and purely information. You will get ample opportunities to showcase your artistic skills.
Till now, it has been quite evident what kind of web designs can actually be annoying for the users. The big question is- is your web design annoying? Hopefully not, but you must be sure when it comes to any such parameters.
Is Your Web Design Annoying?
Being annoying is easier, so you anyone can annoy. But, some designers are better than others in annoying visitors. Check out the list to follow, and decide for yourself, whether you are annoying or not.
Large Font Size: well, if a visitor comes to your website it means his sight is perfectly alright. Why blind him with shouting font sizes? No one likes to be shouted at.
Small Font Size: Now, you had to take the above advice seriously, but not so seriously. You ought not to shout at your visitors but whispering won’t work either. If you want to be heard, speak at a reasonable volume.
Popup Windows: Visitors do their bit to by blocking popup windows using add-on tools, but some web designers just don’t understand. They keep adding popup to their design, as if it’s some kind of a legacy. And the worst happens when, blocked popup windows have some important information that the visitors miss out. Stop using popup. Place important information at some central position on your website.
Background Music: If you are not designing an online music streaming site or selling music DVDs, why add unnecessary noise to every web page?
Layer Overlapping: Using layers can be fruitful only up to a point. Access of everything is bad, especially if these layers are slapping a message onto users face. Don’t force visitors to read your messages. Try persuasion instead of brutal force.
These are the mostly commonly encountered elements that can turn your web design into a web disaster. You may have your own list of top 5, so just analyze and implement it, and let the users enjoy their web experience.
Source:- Steve Graham is associated with Xicom Technologies as a Sr. Web Developer. Xicom is leading Java development Company providing Java software development, Java application development services, Enterprise Java Development, custom Java development, Java Web Development services & Hire J2EE Programmer.