9 Ways to Improve Bad Website Design
Your website reads well and you’re proud of it, but, you’re waiting for rave reviews but haven’t gotten any. No worries – you’re not alone. Check out some simple ways you can improve your website and get it into better shape.
- Balance your page between text, white space and graphics.
- KISS — Keep It Simple, Stupid. Eliminate unnecessary visual distractions.
- Fix your fonts. On paper, serif fonts are easier to read, but on a computer monitor, sans serifs are easier. Keep the font size reasonable — between 10 points and 14 points.
- Clean up your background. Heavy textures make text hard to read. And makes sure there’s enough contract between the background color and your text.
- Graphics – avoid clutter. Use graphics when they serve a real purpose, like illustrating a difficult concept or breaking up dense sections of text.
- Make Navigation Intuitive. People look for navigation links across the top and down the left side of the page. And make sure it’s obvious where a navigation link will take someone.
- Make your text readable. Aside from font choice, break dense text up into short paragraphs. Use bullets. Don’t mix and match too many fonts. Use headings and sub-heads.
- Avoid Scrolling. Vertical scrolling of the page si ok. But don’t have a fixed height box of text with a separate vertical scroll bar. And never, never, never allow horizontal scrolling. Never!
- Make it quick. If your web page takes too long to download, people give up on it and go somewhere else. Eliminating graphic clutter will help a lot here.