There are decent chances a freelancer can really mess up with finding the right clients, asking for too much or too little money, not delivering on time, the list can go on. But it is the final product that can really jeopardize ones reputation and end further business.
Often a simple mistake in development can impact a critical functionality in your website that will lead the user to move away to a different website, reducing your profit and SERP ranking.
Here are some simple but critical things a developer must never over look: -
1.Using Non-Responsive Design - Nowadays, Not keeping RWD(Responsive Web Design) in mind will result in a large website displayed in a small screen with small buttons making it difficult for the end user to read the content or click on the horizontal scrollbar along with many other discrepancies, all of which will lead to a bad user experience.
2.Depending on Website Builder Tool - There are tools which you can use to easily build a website with drag and drop feature. But the problem with these tools lies in the backend. Each design decision adds multiple lines of code that makes the website slower and with time, causing performance issues and effecting critical functionalities.
3.Using Outdated HTML - In earlier versions of HTML, latest Markup options were not available that makes the job easier. Developers who started coding since earlier days still have the habit of using lots or spans and ‘&nbps’s which not only increases the line of code but also causes layout issues in updated browsers like Microsoft Edge.
4.Cross Browser Compatibility Issues - Those days are long gone when the Internet Explorer was the only browser available to access websites. At present, apart from the big shots like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, there are hundreds of desktop and mobile browsers, even some device-specific browsers that are preferred by users for accessing websites. You can use a cloud testing platform like Lambdatest where you can test y your website on multiple browsers simultaneously.
Apart from the mistakes mentioned above, there are other common mistakes like poor content, security issues, poor design, wrong SEO(Search Engine Optimization) techniques, and many others. All of which may lead to your website placed far below in the search engine results.