If you have landed yourself your first project to design a web site, you must be super excited. However, before you go all overboard with your excitement, take some time out to go through these common mistakes made by newbie Indian Web designers and try to avoid these as much as possible in yours.
Most new designers in their endeavor to prove themselves end up designing websites that suffer from Innovation overdose. While it is good to experiment on your first project, it is recommended that you try to stick to established norms. This will help to give you a firm footing and provide the scope for innovation in your future endeavors. However, if you have a tried and tested trump card up your sleeve, you might consider implementing it in your first major project.
Complicated Labyrinth of Navigation
You might be inspired by stalwarts like Wikipedia who displays a humongous collection of pages. However, to keep things simple for yourself, start off small. Refrain from introducing too many pages in your website so as to avoid creating a complicated network of navigation. It will not only confuse users, but also land you in trouble maintaining them. Draw out your site storyboard, labelling each page according to the information it contains. This helps to untangle things and simplify matters.
As we have already discussed about this common web design mistake in our previous article, space is a crucial element in your design. When you are beginning to try out your hand at web design, you will most definitely compromise the importance of space in the greater interest of providing users with information. However, while information is the most important factor for driving traffic to your site, its inappropriate representation is detrimental to the health of your site.
Avoid cramming information pieces too close to each other. This will only add to the confusion of users who will not know what to click and how to reach the relevant information. Space out your elements and categorize all information pieces logically.
For new Indian web designers, it is always advisable to use industry standard frameworks like Bootstrap to make intelligent use of space and develop responsive web sites.
Home Page Fiasco
The Home page is the most important page in your website. It is the face of your site. The appearance and information you design for it determines whether your site will get sufficient traffic. Refrain from using huge blocks of text which appear jarring to user sensibilities. Even if you wish to use a whole lot of information to ensure that they are segregated into logical sections and summarized into appropriate portions. This ensures that users are encouraged to read the information that you have so painstakingly provided.
Ideally, the home page should contain the summarized version of the central theme of your site in a one-liner. That is the best way to attract user attention. Interested users will definitely look around for more information if your home page seems attractive to them. Presenting text in small logical chunks not only enhances readability, but also helps to add to the visual appeal of the home page.
Read, Research and Ramble around in other websites and portfolio showcase of web design agencies gathering sufficient ideas before you jump into your own endeavor. This is your first attempt and you must give it your best shot. After all, first impressions are always the best impressions.