Common Web Design Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Juan Force on May 4th, 2022

First impressions count – your website is the first thing people will see. They can size up your business within seconds upon landing on your page. How would you want to make a lasting positive impact on your audience in these first few seconds? If your website features look outdated or unappealing, it can leave a negative impression. If they don’t find your website appealing, they will go, and you’ll miss out on prospective leads.
Web design is essential because it primarily impacts how your target audience perceives your brand. The impression you make on them can either get them to stay on your page and learn more about the products/services you offer or leave your page for a competitor’s site. A good web design helps you keep leads and turn them into profit. This article gives you ten web design mistakes to avoid when designing your website.

10 Most Common Web Design Mistakes to Avoid

There’s no better time to reassess your website strategy than right now. We’ve compiled these 10 common web design mistakes so you can avoid them.

1. Domain

Your domain is your website name. It is the address where users can access your website. Domain names were developed and used to quickly identify or go to web pages rather than using IP addresses. Your domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers. You can also use it with various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net, .sg, etc. First, you must register your domain name before using it. Keep in mind that every domain name is unique. It’s not possible that two websites will have the same name. For more information, you may read this domain names blog.

Web design mistakes to avoid:

  • The registered person must be contactable or should find a reliable company to do it, else risk domain renewals or transfers in the future.
  • Lack of information. It’s important to know the difference between .com vs or .sg, and what to name it. (“.com” = international company, “.sg” = local service provider)

Tip: Ensure that your domain aligns with your branding and business goals.

2. Hosting

Generally, web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to put up a website or web page on the internet. Hosting is a service provided by a provider that builds a specialised backend computing infrastructure. The website owner/developer utilises this infrastructure to host its website through an uploaded source code. Each website is assigned its unique domain name. After creating a domain name in a web browser, you can now access the website online.

With technology and delivery models evolving constantly, hosting has evolved into various formats, including shared hosting, VPShosting, dedicated hosting and cloud hosting. Find out more about the different types of web hosting.

Web design mistakes to avoid:

  • Restricted hosting access. Avoid paying for the service but not having the details to own or edit the site. 
  • Reseller fee. Keep a lookout for marked-up hosting fees from web agencies and web hosting providers. Always clarify what you are paying for.
  • Specifications and services. Take note of specifications and services differences. Servers specifications from Singapore, Australia, are comparable; however, the service is different (e.g. AI or personalised)
  • Buying insufficient or overqualified hosting (e.g. pay extra but the server is underutilised)
  • You are paying extra for migration fees to a new server. 

Tip: Price may not include everything, so read through inclusions carefully.

3. Email

New communication forms may emerge daily, and email may be considered old-fashioned. But it definitely won’t be forgotten any time soon. Emails are still succeeding in playing a vital role in businesses worldwide. Emailing services are adjusting well to today’s fast-paced communication channels with continuous improvements of spam filters, easy-to-use platforms, ways to categorise and prioritise your messages, all to meet your needs of having fast and effective communication.

Web design mistakes to avoid: 

  • Underestimating the importance of emails
  • Disjointed email and domain name
  • Not having a backup. Thus, it’s good to have a cloud & backup server for email correspondence. 

Tip: Email should be consistent with your business domain. You can consider Google workspace as an all-in-one platform for your business.

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