Web design mistake can have a big impact on your online marketing strategies. If your website is incorrectly designed, you could be unnecessarily losing prospects. Here are ten biggest web design mistakes that webmasters must avoid: 1. Not including a user's search box. A search box allows a visitor to search your site for information without wasting precious time. Without a search box, your user may have to spend more time just to find a particular piece of information. Thus, think about the convenience of your readers and be smart enough to include a search box. 2. Using PDF files. PDF files are great when sending important documents via e-mail. However, using PDF files on your website is an inconvenience for your readers. Pdf files take a longer time to download and most people don't bother to open them up. Instead, use simple text files for posting articles on your website. 3. The links do not change color. There is a purpose why visited links change in color. It is to let your reader know the links he's already opened so that the next time he opens your site, he'll know the pages he's been. Again, put your reader's interest in mind when designing your website. 4. Not using proper text divisions. Text divisions enable readers to scan your site more easily. Use headings, sub titles, bulleted lists, quotes, and highlighted words to give your content more clarity and structure. 5. Too small fonts. Easy to read fonts will make a big difference. Not all visitors of your site have a hundred percent vision. Make sure that even those with imperfect vision can still navigate through your site and read your contents without much strain. 6. Using poor titles. When you create a page title, bear in mind that it should contain target keywords that people would most likely use on their search. This allows search engines to crawl to its page more easily. 7. Using too many ads. Avoid posting huge banners, pop-ups and flickering texts on your website. Instead, go for ads that are subtle and do not look like advertisements at all. 8. Using a very complicated navigation layout. Most websites place their content buttons on either the left or the right side of the page. Main navigation buttons such as the home page, faq, about us, contact us, etc. are usually found on top of the page. Trying to use a different arrangement can only create an inconvenience for your visitors. On the other hand, sticking on the usual navigation structure allows your visitors to explore your site with ease. 9. Dead links. Links that don't work are simply frustrating. Make sure that all links on your website points to the right page. See to it that the page downloads correctly. 10. Using flash intro. Flash intros take too long and most people don't have the patience to wait just to watch an animated intro no matter how fantastic it is. If you insist on having a flash into, make sure that you include a "skip intro" button on the page.
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