We all have them — things that make us cringe when we come to a website or blog and we just cannot click out of it fast enough.
Now, I’ve said it before — I am a design snob. And I have design pet peeves!
I’ve been doing graphic and web design since 1999. There really are things that drive me batty.
My Top 10 Pet Peeves of Web Design
- Autoplay Music, Audio or Videos — I really would rather have the option to hit play.
- Busy, obnoxious or distracting backgrounds — It takes away from what you are trying to say. All I see is that crazy background. I have no idea what you are selling or talking about. All I know is that I need to get out of here. And FAST!
- Sparkles, fairy dust, star trails on the cursor — Really?? Are you 13 or something? Gotta go …
- Color schemes that bring me back to the days of Wham! singing Wake Me Up before you go, go!! — Neon colors on black … OUCH! Primary colors for links on black also hurts. I should not have to squint and highlight to see what the words are. OH great – And now I can’t get that song out of my head!
- No “About” Page — How are you suppose to earn my trust if you don’t have a page about you or some history of your business?
- Meta information is not filled out — Keywords are not important to me, however, a title and description would be nice. Tag line is optional. This is especially annoying when I happen across someone who is using ZenCart or osComm shopping carts. Cosmetic change, I know, but it can make or break my decision to stay.
- Ad overkill on every page or post — That just tells me you are more interested in getting people to click on your affiliate ads than what you are writing about.
- Crappy graphics — You don’t need to sacrifice a perfectly good graphic by decompressing it so much that it is grainy and totally unpleasant with the technology and speeds we have today.
- Forms that bring up errors — This tells me you did not test it to make sure it works. Always do a live test — sign up for your own newsletter, RSS feed, contact form, etc. Make sure they work. It saves headaches later. I promise!
- TMI (too much information) — Okay this isn’t so much about design as about the content. Semantics, right?? LOL I’m all for blending personal with business; that’s how you build trust and relationships with your readers. But, to be honest, if I am going to your blog to learn how I can market myself better through social media outlets, I really don’t care to read about the great sex you had the night before with your significant other. Really??? You would seriously share that kind of information with a total stranger?
When it comes to visiting websites, we all have our own pet peeves. These are mine. Feel free to share some of yours in the comment box below.