October 21, 2013

Web Design Bloopers

According to VeriSign, there were over 250 million domain names registered at the end of 2012, with other industry sources putting the total number of webpages at around 1.4 billion. However, there is a dirty little secret – most of these webpages aren’t very well designed. While a well-constructed webpage can make you stand out from the crowd, there’s nothing that will drive visitors away more than a poor one. Here are some of the mistakes that you need to avoid if you want your audience to stay around.

Keep your website design simple. You want your website to be interesting, but strange fonts, too many competing images, and complicated layouts just make your website confusing. For example, when you want someone to press a button, don’t give them three different choices – it may sound like a good idea, but people actually respond better when they only have one choice to make. Similarly, some heavily-styled fonts make content very hard to understand, even if they seem cool. Stick to a straightforward typeface if you want to get your message across.

Have you ever visited a site and spent ages trying to find what you want? The chances are that you actually left after a few clicks and found another site that was easier to use. Make sure that your content is well organized and categorized. For instance, if you run a sports statistics site, categorize the content by type of sport, and then by type of information – standings, player stats and so on. Make your navigation as simple as possible, and, above all, keep it consistent throughout your site – there are many different options when you are laying out navigation, but you need to pick one and stick with it. It is also a good idea to include a search box so that people can find what they want quickly.

Another big mistake that people make is to use unnatural-looking images. A picture of a person sitting at a desk banging their head on a laptop just looks corny, and, worse still, creates the impression that you have not tried to select meaningful content that resonates with your audience. It doesn’t matter what your website is about – you can always find realistic looking pictures that show people behaving naturally on sites such as Dreamstime. Also, try to avoid images that have been used again and again – if your visitors recognize an image from other sites, then your site will look like a “me too” site.

Finally, if you are trying to get someone to sign up on your site, avoid complicated registration forms. If people have 10 different fields to fill, they are going to give up before they finish 19 times out of 20. They are also going to wonder exactly what you are planning to do with all that information, which can turn them off before they even start. Stick to a name and password, and perhaps an email address if you want them to sign up for newsletters and similar items.

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World Sport Bloopers was created following the frustration of using video sites. Many offered videos that were filed under 'funny' or 'humor' but were not specific to sport. It required a lot of searching to find what we wanted. Even when you found the video, it was often edited poorly or inserted in a news segment so it had less impact.

World Sport Bloopers is inspired by UK shows like Fantasy Football (hosted by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner), the eccentric Frenchman Remi Gaillard and US shows like Jackass. We aim to bring you the best bloopers, fails and WTF moments. We hope you enjoy the site!!