Top 5 DIY Web Design Mistakes

Tameera Corporal

AUTHOR/PUBLIC SPEAKER

Lead Developer at Accufigures

 

Top 5 DIY Web Design Mistakes… and How to Fix Them

 

When you’re building a website, it’s easy to make mistakes that can cost you thousands.  Your website is there to help your target audience know, like, and trust your brand.  If executed properly, your website can be a powerful tool to help bring in more money for your business.  Read on to discover how to fix the most common mistakes made by DIY web developers.

 

Sending multiple messages on your pages

Each page should have 1 goal that you want the user to achieve.  Before you build out your page, take a moment to think about what the goal of the page is, and use it in your design.

 

The website is distracting, seems unorganized, and the user can’t focus. 

This a 2-part DIY web design mistake.  Use a color scheme to make your website more uniform and professional.  A color scheme should be at least 5 colors that you use to brand your business.  This is called a custom color pallette, and if you look at a professional design, you’ll notice the same colors being used.

Also, avoid using too many elements on one page, unless you’re design is around disorganization or you’re trying to get some point across.  In general, you’ll want to keep your website design flowing.  Too many elements in one area creates overwhelm,  and your reader will pick another site to visit.

 

DIY Website Design MistakesThe website doesn’t look good on tablets or cell phones. 

Verify that your website looks great on most devices to keep users interested.  This is a big issue I still see amongst a lot of websites. Looking great on the phone and desktop are no longer enough.  There are hundreds of different devices out there that your viewers are accessing your website from.  The goal is to make sure your website design looks as good as possible on as many devices as you can.

 

You chose the wrong theme for your business.

When you’re picking a theme for your website, you want to make sure it fits your business goals.  Your theme should be able to:

-Support the majority of the tasks your business needs.

-The design needs to resonate with your target audience.

-Look great on mulitple devices.

-Work well with plugins.

 

Missing important pages

Before you build your website, make sure you have a list of the pages you need to post on your website.  This is one of the biggest web design mistakes I’ve seen so far.  The About page seems to be left out the most.  This page is important for SEO and your customers want to learn more about your company before they commit to it.

 

BONUS DIY Web Design Mistake –> Broken links 

This is one of the biggest oversights I find when I’m analyzing a website.  The buttons either don’t work at all, or link back to the wrong page.  Your links should be checked after each plugin, theme. or platform update.  Sometimes, things go crazy when these things are updated, and may cause a break on your website.

 

When’s the last time you gave your website a check up?  Do you need help with this? Grab our free checklist today.


About The Author

Tameera Corporal is a professional website designer, graphics creator, business administration trainer, and published author.  She loves to write code, articles, and books and is a lifetime professional development advocate. She is also a MBA and PMP.  She specializes in PHP, MEAN, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, and SQL.  She also utilizes Heroku, GitHub, Bootstrap, and other helpful apps in her builds.

Currently, she is actively working on building her web development and micro-training firm, Accufigures, Inc., located in Tampa, FL.  At Accufigures, we help small businesses turn their target audience into returning customers with customized website designs and graphics.  Visit her online at bit.ly/accufigures for more information.

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Lead Developer at Accufigures

 

Top 5 DIY Web Design Mistakes… and How to Fix Them

 

When you’re building a website, it’s easy to make mistakes that can cost you thousands.  Your website is there to help your target audience know, like, and trust your brand.  If executed properly, your website can be a powerful tool to help bring in more money for your business.  Read on to discover how to fix the most common mistakes made by DIY web developers.

 

Sending multiple messages on your pages

Each page should have 1 goal that you want the user to achieve.  Before you build out your page, take a moment to think about what the goal of the page is, and use it in your design.

 

The website is distracting, seems unorganized, and the user can’t focus. 

This a 2-part DIY web design mistake.  Use a color scheme to make your website more uniform and professional.  A color scheme should be at least 5 colors that you use to brand your business.  This is called a custom color pallette, and if you look at a professional design, you’ll notice the same colors being used.

Also, avoid using too many elements on one page, unless you’re design is around disorganization or you’re trying to get some point across.  In general, you’ll want to keep your website design flowing.  Too many elements in one area creates overwhelm,  and your reader will pick another site to visit.

 

DIY Website Design MistakesThe website doesn’t look good on tablets or cell phones. 

Verify that your website looks great on most devices to keep users interested.  This is a big issue I still see amongst a lot of websites. Looking great on the phone and desktop are no longer enough.  There are hundreds of different devices out there that your viewers are accessing your website from.  The goal is to make sure your website design looks as good as possible on as many devices as you can.

 

You chose the wrong theme for your business.

When you’re picking a theme for your website, you want to make sure it fits your business goals.  Your theme should be able to:

-Support the majority of the tasks your business needs.

-The design needs to resonate with your target audience.

-Look great on mulitple devices.

-Work well with plugins.

 

Missing important pages

Before you build your website, make sure you have a list of the pages you need to post on your website.  This is one of the biggest web design mistakes I’ve seen so far.  The About page seems to be left out the most.  This page is important for SEO and your customers want to learn more about your company before they commit to it.

 

BONUS DIY Web Design Mistake 

—> Broken links <—

This is one of the biggest oversights I find when I’m analyzing a website.  The buttons either don’t work at all, or link back to the wrong page.  Your links should be checked after each plugin, theme. or platform update.  Sometimes, things go crazy when these things are updated, and may cause a break on your website.

 

When’s the last time you gave your website a check up?  Do you need help with this? Grab our free checklist today.


About The Author

Tameera Corporal is a professional website designer, graphics creator, business administration trainer, and published author.  She loves to write code, articles, and books and is a lifetime professional development advocate. She is also a MBA and PMP.  She specializes in PHP, MEAN, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, and SQL.  She also utilizes Heroku, GitHub, Bootstrap, and other helpful apps in her builds.

Currently, she is actively working on building her web development and micro-training firm, Accufigures, Inc., located in Tampa, FL.  At Accufigures, we help small businesses turn their target audience into returning customers with customized website designs and graphics.  Visit her online at bit.ly/accufigures for more information.

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AUTHOR/PUBLIC SPEAKER

Lead Developer at Accufigures

 

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