Top Hated Web Page Elements
If you want to stay in the good graces of your visitors, the following are absolute NO-NOs:
- Music or sounds
- Flashing anything
- Too many fonts
- Too many colors
- Things that go bump and twirl
- Automatic Page Refresh
For almost ten years, Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck has been educating web page designers and businesses on what NOT to do on a website. His irreverent attitude has helped get the point across that web pages are critical and viable entities for businesses and if you want to be taken seriously on the web, you better create a web page that doesn’t suck.
A web page that doesn’t suck is one that focuses on the users’ needs not the business needs.
Nobody cares about you or your site. Really. What visitors care about is getting their problems solved. Most people visit a web site to solve one or more of the following three problems.
1. They want/need information
2. They want/need to make a purchase/donation.
3. They want/need to be entertained.
Too many organizations believe that a web site is about opening a new marketing channel or getting donations or to promote a brand. No. It’s about solving your customers’ problems. Have I said that phrase enough?
Vincent Flanders – Web Pages That Suck
For more on what sucks on a web page and what not to do, check out:
- Web Pages that Suck
- Web Pages that Suck – Biggest Web Design Mistakes in 2003
- From Sucky-to-Savvy
- Why Do So Many Web Pages Still Suck
- Web Pages That Suck – The Daily Sucker