Web design myths

When it comes to the website and internet everyone has their own opinions and beliefs. When designing sites, we often hear remarks and requirements that simply aren’t true. Especially when you are starting your career in web design, there are many do’s and don’ts that are told to you by the supposed industry experts.

Myth 1: Content is King, No Animation, Sound, Java

This rule is taken to mean that websites should be graphically sparse and rely heavily on copy. It is true that when you add sound, animation, java applets and lots of graphics, your web page takes longer to load. Some visitors don’t even bother to wait for it to load; they will just go elsewhere. This doesn’t mean that all pages with animation, sound and applets are necessarily bad. The trick is to know when they are appropriate and to make the downloading speed as fast as possible.

Myth 2: A web designer has to do what the client wants

In web design this statement is not always true. When a web designer has to respect the client’s views and opinions, agreeing to their demand, it may result in a non-performing and unsuccessful website design. A web designer must understand the client’s expectations from the website and should understand what the customers want from the site of that particular business. Moreover, it is the web designer who knows, what would be good for the business site and what can bring damaging effects to the site. Therefore, a client should always listen to the designer and the designer should not budge to every small wish of the clients just to keep them happy for some time.

Myth 3: Three seconds rule

Some years ago, this myth was true, when the attention span of visitors was lower and they would leave the site if it did not load in 3 seconds or less. This is not the situation prevailing nowadays. Due to this 3 second rule, many web designers shy away from using Flash, Images, and Graphics. However, they fail to realize that multimedia is a major factor attracting visitors. Thus, just because a certain industry expert told you to avoid Flash and work hard on getting your site’s load speed within 3 seconds, you should not compromise with the quality and usability of the site.

Myth 4: The homepage is the most important page

Like books, there is no beginning, middle and end to a website. Search engines send their users to the most relevant pages, which are unlikely be your homepage. Every site will have different important pages, for ecommerce sites it’s going to be their product listings and checkout process, for a company website it’s likely to be products and services. The most important pages are derived from what visitors are trying to achieve on your website.

Myth 5: Important stuff should be ‘above the fold’

This is another myth that restricts a web designer to unleash the full potential of his creative streak. In order to keep all the content of the web page above the fold, the font size has to be minimized and use of graphics and images must be restricted. This myth was born from another myth that users hate to scroll down a web page. With changing times, users have become more informed, and the time they spend on the Internet has increased. They now understand that in order to get the desired information, they will have to scroll down the webpage and take a smart decision.

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