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5 Most Common Web Design Mistakes

As you're designing your new web site, you'll be tempted with web design
ideas that could turn into fatal mistakes. This is especially true if
your web site represents your business. Below are five of the most
common mistakes to avoid at all costs...

1. Too Many Graphics

Having too many graphics (particularly large graphics), can cause your
site to load entirely too slow. Visitors will get impatient and often
times click out of your site -- never to return.

SOLUTION: When possible save your graphics as GIF files (gif.htm)
rather than JPEG (jpg.htm). Also, reduce your graphic in actual size as
much as you can without distorting the graphic or picture.

2. Counters

A visitor counter or hits counter should not be seen on your site unless
you have trememdous traffic. The reason for this is visitors really
don't want to know which visitor they are, especially if they're visitor
number four. There's no benefit to
your visitor, nor is there any benefit to you. The only way showing a
counter is advantageous is if you've had millions of visitors and wish
to display the popularity of your site or would like to attract
advertisers with the large numbers.
Otherwise, you can use this space for a benefit-packed headline that
leads your visitor to another part of your site.

SOLUTION: Most web hosts offer web statistics that reveal daily
visitors, hits, referrers, etc. This feature will let you know how many
people are visiting your site without the whole world seeing the
information. If you're just starting out, make sure your web host
offers this free service.

3. Banners

Limit your banners to the bare necessities. Why? Because banners are
graphics that can slow loading time and are a turn-off for many surfers
on the internet. For most, "banner" is just another word for "ad" and
they avoid clicking on them.

SOLUTION: If you do have a banner or two, place the banner at the very
top or bottom of your page. Or you could place a small banner in your
sidebar. Most people will look at the first picture they see and then
start reading below the picture,
so any writing or links that are above the banner may remain unnoticed.
Also, the banners on your site should be related to your product or
service. Remember, everything on your site should work together to
benefit your target customer.

4. Scattered Web Site

When designing your site, make sure it has a pattern that leads your
visitor. Get several people (friends or relatives) to visit your site
and watch them as they navigate. Notice the places where they stop (as
if they're finished) and also links that they click on. Organizing your
site to lead visitors is very important whether you're leading them to
buy something or just to click and go to another place in your site.
Customers are silently begging to be led.

SOLUTION: Take a look at the flow of your site. Design it in a fashion
that always continues like this...

Make sure that graphics don't get in the way of your lead. If the
visitor stops in the middle of the home page to click on a graphic or
banner before getting to your sales page, they may never return. You've
got one chance to get the visitor's attention and keep it. Make the
most of it.

5. Generalization

The most effective way of selling on the internet is to personalize your
web site to reach your target audience. Many web sites are general and
try to reach everybody. The reality is that you can't be everything to
everybody. The business
owners who are successful on the web normally have very specific
products or services that target a niche market.

SOLUTION: Make your site as personal as possible. As you're writing,
pretend that you are face to face with the customer. Present your web
site in such a way that the visitor feels like he just walked into a
store in his hometown. Also, stay
focused on your target customer (one who would be interested in "your"

These five mistakes should be avoided at all costs if you want to build
an effective and successful web business.

Design your site to sell!

About the Author
Candice Pardue, webmaster of Online Success for
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