Top 7 Web Design Myths
Myths are a fact of life. No matter what it is, there will always be a myth attached to it. People have a knack for believing all these myths, which is why they continue to persist. The online world functions much the same, in this respect.
When it comes to web design and development, there are tons of different myths attached to it. These myths tend to misdirect the beginner the most since they aren’t too familiar with the industry, to begin with.
Which is the sole motivation behind this article, to break down these myths and expose the truth to the masses. Below are 7 myths of web design that you should be aware of.
Site Appearance Is Most Important
Although appearance is a critical aspect of web design, it is not the only aspect of the web design industry. When it comes to designing a website, the look of the site, isn’t the only thing you should be concerned with. What point is there in having a great looking website that doesn’t have much useful information on it, or is very difficult to navigate through?
A large number of small business owners like to put most on the look of their sites, while overlooking, the most crucial aspects of the site. This web design myth occurs when people get caught up in this idea that site design is essentially visuals and graphics. The way the site is structured is very important in the field of design. If you design a nice looking website, that is very difficult to read from, then that in itself is a design flaw.
Stock Photos Add Value
From the countless studies conducted on this subject, it has been revealed that most visitors to your site, will ignore stock photos, that only relevant images peak the fancy of those on your site. Using real photos is another bonus, especially over webmasters that choose to use the same stock images over and over. Real photos are capable of enhancing your marketing efforts while building trust and engaging your visitors.
Websites Should Be Packed With Information, Images, and Text
Websites, as they are structured can be created to serve many different purposes, whether it’s to promote a business, garner support or simply blog about your life. There is no rule when it comes to sharing information.
You Don’t Need a Mobile Ready Site
There are still webmasters out there that refuse to see the importance in a responsive website. Mobile is a smartphone, tablet or netbook, which accounts for at least 35% of all internet traffic, and the majority (50% +) of Google’s search traffic.
The reality is, over 40% of web users access the internet while on their tablets or smartphones. In addition to that, Google has now switched to its mobile index, as its primary index. If you don’t have a mobile-friendly website, you will miss out on a considerable amount of customers. So when hiring a web designer, make sure he/she knows a thing or two about responsive websites so that they can implement it into your site.
Building a Presence Online Is Easy
The reality is, building and designing a website takes a considerable amount of time and effort. You need clearly defined goals when putting your site together. Building a website, simply for the sake of it, is not enough when trying to establish a legitimate presence on the internet. A lot of thought needs to go into every aspect of the site, whether it’s the design, layout, content or functionality.
Your Site Doesn’t Need Social Media Buttons
There are so many social media sites, from Facebook to Twitter, to Instagram, the list is forever changing and evolving. Connecting to all these different social media networks can not only be time-consuming, but also quite draining.
When it comes to boosting your site traffic, social media plays a fairly significant role in this process. Instead of manually sharing all the content that you publish on your site, you could merely add social media buttons to your pages, and allow the visitors to share your site on their accounts.
A Free Site Is All You Need
Everyone loves something for nothing. But when it comes to creating and establishing your presence online, this kind of mindset can only hinder your efforts.
Anything free in life always comes with some catch, and this reigns true for websites also. If you acquire a site for free, then expect to be inundated with advertisements, to have limited control over your domain name, and to have limited control over the site itself. If you are serious about creating something on the internet, then you should be willing to invest the time and money to achieve that objective.
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