The world is moving to an era of mobile-centric digital discovery. Gone are the days when PC and laptops were the only media of accessing web content. These days with high-speed internet facility and well specs mobiles, the audience can visit your website from any type of device, be it a tablet, computer or mobile.
Also, the end users no longer browse web pages for reading static content.
Websites now have dynamic features to increase their engagement rate. Interactive websites are being developed using which users can perform their day to day activities like shopping for groceries, banking, paying taxes, etc.
As modern web developers chase to implement dynamic features, it is not uncommon to witness web developers make a mistake or two in their web design!
Here are some common web design mistakes:-
1. Using Non-Responsive Design - 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. Using outdated HTML - In earlier versions of HTML, latest Markup options were not available that makes the job easier.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 s and ‘&nbps’s which not only increases the line of code but also causes layout issues in updated browsers like Microsoft Edge.
3. Being highly dependent on Website Builder Tools.
4. Not Performing Cross Browser Testing - Those days are long gone when 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. So it is important to validate your website for compatibility issues.
5. Insufficient Input Validation - Web developers often make the mistake of ignoring form validation and trust on user input. End users are human, and mistakes happen with them also. Incomplete form validation may result in a mistyped alphabet in the phone number field or an incorrect email format missing the ‘.’ or ‘@’. All these leading to incorrect data submitted by the user that may lead to failed delivery of information to the user’s physical or online address.
6. Providing Lengthy Forms - Websites often contain lengthy registration forms. Those are easier to fill on a desktop but on mobile, a user needs to scroll a lot and while doing so, they may get confused or lose track. The frustration increases when something goes amiss and they have to scroll up again to correct it. Avoid these tedious jobs and provide easy forms that do not require that much information from the user. Making their job easier will increase your website’s mobile friendliness.
7. Forgetting to take feedbacks from users. Add feedback forms into your website. This will help you develop a website according to the demands of the end user which is crucial in the long run. Remember, you are developing a website for the users so evaluating how you can improvise from a customer point of view is indispensable.
8. Keeping your website monotonous - Add rich media elements but also remember to optimize using RESS(Responsive Web Design + Server-Side Components) to help pace up the page loading time.
9. Keeping Screen Size into Account Often, media queries are written keeping the device into account. For example, there are device specific media queries for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, iPad, etc. This used to work earlier when there was a limited number of mobile devices. But with new devices being launched almost daily, this will create a problem. Websites are observed to work perfectly in iPhone but not in another device with a screen size slightly larger than it.
- For responsive breakpoints, consider the different screen sizes like extra-large, large, mid, small and micro screens.
- Instead of writing fixed screen width in the media query, write minimum and maximum device width.
- Keep on testing your website and observe the market. Use cloud-based testing platforms like LambdaTest whenever a new mobile device is launched and check if your website is rendered properly in it.