17Nov 2015

4 Of The Most Common Web Design Myths

Myth (meth/): a widely held but false belief or idea.

People love to doubt, discuss, debate and argue a lot when it comes to technology. Recently, my colleagues here at design department told me about web design myths or rumors that started long ago, and still continue growing.

So I spent some time to research about existing web design myths and I’ve got to admit that internet has again proved children can be FBI agents here. After reading and doing some research, I’m ready to bust these common web design myths in order to assure you a better web experience.

Most Common Web Design Myths

1. Responsive Websites are Slower

It’s sure you have seen responsive websites that load faster in desktop and a bit slower on mobile platforms. But people should not debate on this without understanding the RWD methodology and its implementation. There are RWD best practices that should be followed by developers. If the developers aren’t following those practices from scratch  to enhance the site for Smartphones/mobiles, it’s an implementation issue hence you should not blame the entire methodology.

2. Homepage is The Only Cool Page

Are you sure you would be visiting a website’s homepage for the first time?

There are lot of cases where people just focus on homepage design rather than all overall consistent page designing. It doesn’t sound cool.

For example, let’s say a reader found your blog link in social media. They will read the blog first, then other blogs tagged under the same category, later to the about page, services page and read about your firm. There is no guarantee for which page people will visit.

Homepage is important, but treat other pages the same. Homepage is not the only child to be treated well.

3. Responsive Sites are Expensive and it Takes More Time To Complete a Project

People should be aware of the RWD approach that recommended by Google and should also understand that these methods are implemented by top companies like Microsoft. To challenge and compete today’s web landscape, you should follow such best practices. No one is forcing you to do this, but it is the baseline now.

Now lets talk about time and money. Since these high end RWD and dev tasks are done with careful planning and a lot of efforts, budgets can be varied according to the project that designers and developers are dealing with.

4. I’ll Focus On Sales

I’ve got to admit that some just focus on sales extremely in a way that they beg every visitor to click those huge buttons with such striking graphics.

On the other side, other designers focus on user experience to enhance sales by creating an easy navigating website. People will be happy if they can navigate easily to another page where they can get what’s required. It’s also recommended to design a single page which is differentiated in such a way that it is compatible for both casual visitors and leads.

Let’s conclude:

Some may try to explain web technology in their point of view, and 90% of readers are mentally forced to believe it to be true because author have pointed out a good argument (not  fact). So kindly do not believe everything you see and read on internet. It is recommended to conduct your own research to debunk these web design myths and try to make web a better place.

Mighil Mohan

Mighil Mohan is a 23 year old Organic Web Strategist by day and an Electronic Music Artist during his free time. He dreams of someday living somewhere in East Asia writing music, and enjoy retro gaming.

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