Beginner Web Design Mistakes to Avoid | The Journey

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00:00 – Introduction
00:30 – Above-the-fold content is crucial
01:19 – Website speed and responsiveness
02:00 – Website intuitiveness
02:43 – Consistent branding
03:14 – Contact info
03:53 – Search functionality
04:26 – Error handling
04:56 - Wrap up

So, how do you not make mistakes? Well, you could either invent a time machine or just watch this video. Whether you’re just designing your own website or websites for clients, here are our 7 tips to avoid amateur mistakes.

Anything that isn’t visible at first glance, that requires scrolling, is considered below the fold. While it is true there are no hard and fast rules for above the fold placement, the basic idea is that you put the most engaging content above the fold.

Speed & Responsiveness
People who visit your website on their smartphones should not have to pinch, zoom or swipe just to view the content. When the user clicks on a menu or selects an action, the site should respond instantly. A responsive layout adjusts according to screen size, offering an optimized browsing experience.

Make sure the main navigation appears on every page and always gives a way for the user to return from the path they’ve taken to reach any part of the website.

Consistent branding
These are the visual cues that help anchor your online presence across multiple platforms — like your website and various social media channels.

Contact info
A well-designed Contact Us page has the right balance between making it easy to reach the company and sharing resources users can use to answer their questions right away.

Website visitors expect working search functionality when they browse a site and search bar use helps users find information quickly and efficiently. They are particularly useful on sites that have more than 100 pages, so if you have a smaller site with fewer pages, a search bar might not be required but it still doesn’t hurt to have.

Error handling
What happens when someone goes to an invalid URL or moved/missing page? If they see a nice error prompt that leads them to the right place, give yourself a pat on the back.

A website can work 24/7 for a business — make the investment into avoiding these website design mistakes so your work puts its best foot forward on the web.

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