web design mistakesAre you ready to design your first website? Be sure to avoid these 5 common web design mistakes to make your site the best it can be.

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The difference between a good and bad website could be minor so make sure and follow all these tips to avoid the pitfalls.

As you’re designing your new web site, you’ll be tempted with web design ideas that could turn into fatal mistakes.

This is especially true if your web site represents your business. Below are five of the most common mistakes to avoid at all costs.

5 Most Common Web Design Mistakes

1. Too Many Graphics

This is one of the most common web design mistakes beginners make. They want to make the site “pretty” with lots of pictures.

In reality, having too many graphics (particularly large graphics), can cause your site to load entirely too slow. Visitors will get impatient and often times click out of your site — never to return.

SOLUTION: When possible save your graphics as GIF files (gif.htm) rather than JPEG (jpg.htm).

Also, reduce your graphic in actual size as much as you can without distorting the graphic or picture.

2. Counters

A visitor counter or hits counter should not be seen on your site unless you have tremendous traffic.

The reason for this is visitors really don’t want to know which visitor they are, especially if they’re only visitor number four.

There’s no benefit to your visitor, nor is there any benefit to you.

The only way showing a counter is advantageous when you start a website is if you’ve had millions of visitors and wish to display the popularity of your site.

Another is when you would like to attract advertisers with the large numbers.

Otherwise, you can use this space for a benefit-packed headline that leads your visitor to another part of your site.

SOLUTION: Most web hosts offer statistics and website traffic analysis that reveal daily visitors, hits, referrers, etc.

This feature will let you know how many people are visiting your Internet pages without the whole world seeing the information.

If you’re just starting out, make sure your virtual server web hosting company offers this free service.

3. Web Site Banners and Design

Limit your banners to the bare necessities.

Why? Because web page banners are graphics that can slow loading time and are a turn-off for many surfers on the internet.

For most, “banner” is just another word for “ad” and they avoid clicking on them.

SOLUTION: If you do have a banner or two, place it at the very top or bottom of your page. Or you could place a small one in your page’s side navigation bar.

Most people will look at the first picture they see and then start reading below the picture, so any writing or links that are above the banner may remain unnoticed.

Also, the banners on your site should be related to your product or service. Remember, everything on your website should work together to benefit your target customer.

4. Scattered Web Site

When you create web pages and make plans for designing your website, make sure it has a pattern that leads your visitor.

Get several people (friends or relatives) to visit your site and watch them as they navigate.

Notice the places where they stop (as if they’re finished) and also links that they click on.

Organize your Internet page designing in such a way to lead visitors where you want them to go.

This is a very important step in designing whether you’re leading them to buy something or just to click and go to another place in your site.

Customers are silently begging to be led.

SOLUTION: Take a look at the flow of your site. Make web pages in a fashion that always continues like this..

Make sure that graphics don’t get in the way of your lead.

Another web design mistake is to put a banner right in the middle of the page.

If the visitor stops in the middle of the home page to click on a graphic or banner before getting to your sales page, they may never return.

You’ve got one chance to get the visitor’s attention and keep it. Make the most of it.

5. Generalization

The most effective way of selling on the internet is to personalize your web site to reach your target audience.

Many websites are general and try to reach everybody. The reality is that you can’t be everything to everybody.

The business owners who are successful on the net normally have very specific products or services that target a niche market and use very simple web design.

With that said, I’m not talking about authority sites. I consider WebmasterCourse an authority site. It offers web design tips & solutions, Internet marketing, web product reviews, etc.

But, as you can see, all of these are still related to or compliment web design. Keep on topic as much as possible.

SOLUTION: Make your web site design as personal as possible.

As you’re writing, pretend that you are face to face with the customer. Present your web site in such a way that the visitor feels like he just walked into a store in his hometown.

Also, stay focused on your target customer (one who would be interested in “your” product.)

These five mistakes should be avoided at all costs if you want to build an effective and successful online business.

Use common sense and tactics for good web designs to keep you ahead of much of your competition.

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