what not to do on your website?

Wow! Not one of those websites! Pop-ups everywhere and where is that noise coming from? Oh yes, the online games that I do not care about! Get me out of here.

In the virtual space that is the Internet, everything is possible. From finding a mate to finding the right work-out scheme, your ideal life is just a click away. But what connects you to a website that has all this potentially life-saving information? Why do we keep going back to some websites?

For a business to thrive these days, online marketing and a strong web presence is crucial. So what works and what doesn’t for a website? I got talking with Sakin Shrestha, Founder of CatchThemes.com, a go-to-guy when it comes to suggestions for web designing. Here’s some handy tips for you, for free.

11 don’ts of web-designing
Flash animations are outdated It just brings in distractions, increases the loading time for your website and decreases your search engine rating. Solution: Use HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

Small fonts and too much texts Think about it, with thousands of other website options to choose from for any given topic, would you want your audience to have to squint to read something?
Solution: Use clear and large fonts. Mix it up with pictures and videos to make it interesting.

Music and/or video on page load Adding music and video on your site is great. But don’t have it play as soon as the page is loaded. This increases the site load time and can disturb and distract visitors.

Solution: Give your visitors the choice to watch or listen to your multimedia content.

Splash page Splash page used to welcome us at a time when little effort was put into homepages. But we have faster internet now and better homepages. Splash page equals redundant.

Solution: Make a better home page. You do not need anything to cover it.
Pop-up window Pop-up windows are a no-no especially if they are for advertisements. Pop-up windows not only distract visitors from your website’s content, but also give a low-value vibe to your website.

Solution: Avoid it.
Non-relevant content Websites need to be simple to look at. Don’t make your site a dustbin. Add only relevant information so it’s easy to your eyes.

Solution: Clear your thoughts about what you want to express. Add only the essentials.
Complex Navigation Websites need to be handy. Think of your parents using the website and get an idea from there. Don’t confuse your users.

Solution: Create simple and easy ways to navigate the site. Try looking at it less as a professional and more as a user at times.
Update or New Features You shouldn’t leave your website without current updates or new features. This will create negative branding and make you look outdated.

Solution: Always update your site with new information and fresh designs.
Get mobile friendly Remember those websites that have too small a font if you open them on your smartphones? Fixed layout is a thing of the past. Increasing number of people are using mobile devices to browse the web today. Adapt and be left out.
Solution: Make your website layout responsive. It should be equally convenient to use on a desktop, a laptop or any mobile devices.
Advertisement Advertisements that come out of nowhere are very distracting and downright annoying.
Solution: Avoid unless absolutely essential.

Social connections Make it easy for the user to share the content on your site by having easy options to do so where appropriate.
Solution: With social media so prevalent, it is important to integrate these platforms into your website to create more noise for your website.

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