The Six Most Common Web Design Mistakes

BY IN Basics of Web Design, 15.12.2016

Nowadays, we all need to have our own website. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, or a stay at home blogger, we need to have a landing page in order to have an online presence. However, if you are serious in promoting yourself, your products, or services, you should develop a good website. Whether you design your website or have a professional help you, it’s important you know how to avoid specific mistakes to avert your website from disaster.
Today, we will go over the six most common web design mistakes.


1. Not Having a Mobile-Friendly Design

Nowadays, most websites are responsive, so they are mobile-friendly. The website should also have a corresponding design for smartphones and tablet screens because more and more people are now using smartphones to access the internet.

2. Depending Only on a Free Website Builder

It’s not wrong to use a free website builder to develop and design your own website. In fact, it’s the easiest way for beginners. However, this is not enough if you are very serious in building your brand online.

Most free website builders have limited features, and many that offer free services lack the right features are the ones you will need the most to design a good website.

3. Not Using Headers, Sidebars, and Footers Properly

Everyone wants to advertise to make a little extra money, but you should avoid putting too many banner ads on your headers to give it a clean look. Google also penalizes websites with too many ads on headers.

Meanwhile, a sidebar that has a lot of widgets piling up only confuses your visitors. Put only a few but important widgets. On the other hand, a footer that’s almost empty may look as though your site is still under construction.

4. No Feature to Get Customer Information

A simple contact form is enough to get information from your customers when they try to reach you through it. Make sure your contact form is not intimidating. Only ask for a few details, but with pertinent information.

Most customers are sick and tired of filling up a lot of blank fields. This is why they hate pop ups asking for their information. If customers are interested in your offer, they will look for the form.

5. Not Being Able to Put Quality Content Up

Colby Richards fromBrown Box Branding points out from a recent study that “64% of B2B and 51% of B2C businesses of all sizes say that producing great content to effectively stand out online is one of their biggest challenges.”

So you can see how effective it is to follow through with effective content. It means your website must educate if you want your visitors to learn from it. It should entertain if it’s meant for entertainment, and so on. Great content can make or break your website.

6. Making it Difficult for Your Visitors to Look for Information

Some website owners think that it’s effective to make their visitors excited about some of there products. Unfortunately, visitors would end up sick and tired of chasing for the information they want, particularly if it takes too long to load. Your website should be straightforward!


Designing a website is not an easy job. There are a lot of aspects you should consider. Meanwhile, there is no need to complicate things. When you know what you should avoid, you can simplify everything and correct some prior mistakes.

The above mistakes can be your guide in designing your own website. As time goes by, you will also learn to avoid some otherwebsite mistakes to help your progress.