We all know the usual ways in which websites tend to annoy – fonts that are too small or too large, garish colors and backgrounds, music that starts to play even as the site loads, bulky images and videos that take too long to display and slow down loading time considerably, contrasting colors between backgrounds and text that hurt your eye, animations and graphics that are not necessary – these are just a few things that designers know they must avoid if they are to bring in visitors to their sites and keep them coming back.
However, with the passage of time and the advent of technology, you find that there are many more ways to make your website annoying.
How to make a website annoying
The trouble with technology is that designers assume they must keep changing with the times and adapting to the latest innovations. So the moment someone comes out with something new by way of web design, they jump to incorporate it into the sites they create. They don’t stop to think if the new feature is a help or a hindrance; more often than not, it’s the latter and that’s why technology can be annoying when it comes to website design.
You need to pick the best platform for your Website, and at the same time right technology for your Website. For example, if you want to get success in 2014 or beyond, you should use responsive web-design.
Horizontal website designs are great, but not for all kinds of sites. However, some designers are bent on creating horizontal sites just because they’re the latest fad and perceived as cool and innovative. But if the site does not feature photographs or a display of some kind, this kind of design feature is totally unnecessary and extremely annoying. So unless you want to rankle on visitors’ nerves, it’s best to avoid copycat procedures before verifying that they suit your site’s needs.
Including all design aspects:
Some designers are fond of showing off; now while vanity is not really a sin, it does annoy when you find every aspect of web design stuffed into the few pages of a site. It’s like the designer wanted to prove to the world that he knows all these tricks and so pushed them into the design without thinking about their relevance and usefulness. It’s ok to know all there is to know; however, what’s more important is knowing when to use what when designing a website.
If you’ve seen sites that have a fancy opening page with large and flowery fonts and colors, pages that don’t serve any purpose other than to showcase the designer’s penchant for the flashy, you’ll know what I mean. Time is of the essence when it comes to website design – if you make readers wait for longer than they have to, they have hundreds of alternatives to switch to. So avoid unnecessary pages and design aspects that delay the time it takes to provide the information that readers seek.
And finally, if you have a site that’s badly put together, it’s hard for visitors to find their way around. Links have to be properly designed, and visitors must feel comfortable going through your pages without feeling that they’re lost and that your site has serious navigation issues.
So if you’re looking to come up with a good design that is unobtrusive and which does the job in the simplest way, it’s time to throw out all that’s extraneous and get rid of all the factors that annoy your website readers.