Do-It-Yourself Website Design Mistakes

Do-It-Yourself Website Design Mistakes

Do-It-Yourself Website Design Mistakes

by Nancy Seeger

Getting a website up is becoming easier with endless topics for consumption. So if you have an urgent need for more information on “cat warts,” for example, you’ll get instant gratification (Yeah, who knew?)!

When you’re starting out, the do-it-yourself option looks attractive; however, as with anything, ease of use shouldn’t be confused with expertise. As an entrepreneur, you need to represent your business well on the internet.

Since most don’t spend their days immersed in web design, it’s easy to run afoul of some design mishaps that look unprofessional. These tips will help!

  • Social sharing buttons are everywhere! Blog posts are the best location for share buttons, but there’s proof people don’t use them because they don’t work on mobile devices.
  • Footer has WordPress and Theme credits. The default language with newly installed WordPress themes usually has the “Powered by WordPress” and theme developer credit wording. This looks unprofessional. Having a current copyright date along with your business name and a link to your contact form is a good starting point.
  • Sliders. They look great, but unfortunately, site visitors scroll right past them (unless you’re Apple!). Data indicates click-through rates are less than .1%. Any web designer not living under a rock will try hard to talk you out of the idea. Need more convincing?
  • Colors your audience doesn’t relate to. Maybe dark brown is your favorite, but if your audience is primarily women, this may be a turnoff. Colors are big communicators. You’re trying to attract potential clients, not selling to yourself.
  • Overly trendy/busy layouts. Theme sellers push heavy image themes because they sell well. But you’re selling your services, not themes, so skip the flashy stuff. Unless you are a photographer or artist needing a portfolio theme, stick with simple layouts.

And of course, it must be mobile-friendly, but that topic is covered ad nauseum just about everywhere!

Have a web design question? Hit me up below in the comments.

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One Reply to “Do-It-Yourself Website Design Mistakes”

  1. John S

    Nice information posted here. If you are a business owner and you are holding your own website design, then you cannot afford to commit any undesirable mistakes that will affect your business.

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