The Biggest Web Design Myths Debunked

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Great web design, that invites your audience onto a page and converts them into paying customers, certainly isn’t easy. Every business these days has a website, and the sheer amount of competition out there can make it very hard to keep up with evolving standards. There seems to be a lot of harmful myths about web design floating around these days. Here are a few you should never believe, and the truth behind them.

If You Like It, It Must Be Good

Unless you’re building a website just for the love of it, it’s going to be for your target audience, not for you. This means that you need to design your site around the preferences of your active users, as well as the kinds of people you want to attract. You may have an issue with the kind of UX design that’s best suited to your market, but you’ll have to ignore these qualms if you want your site to be a success. Consider the information that your audience is going to be looking for, what you need to tell them in order to convert them into customers, and the kind of images that are going to resonate with them effectively. One of the easiest ways to do this is often asking your active users to complete surveys and give their own feedback.

You Need to Stretch your Web Design Abilities

Yes, you should make sure that your website is stylish and aesthetically pleasing enough to stand out from the competition. However, don’t let this get in the way of the most important factor: user experience. Your website should be designed in a way that guides your visitors, enables them to get from page to page swiftly and easily, and helps them to do whatever it is they came to your site for. For example, if you were managing an ecommerce store, a user should always be able to go from one product to the next with a click of the mouse, jump quickly to another product category, filter a page of search results, and so on. One particular necessity for a design that’s both functional and beautiful is a prominent call to action, encouraging your visitors towards the next step in the sales funnel.

Web Design Can Be Done for Peanuts

That old saying “you get what you pay for” really rings true when it comes to designing a business website. It’s a simple fact that if your budget is minuscule, you’ll have a hard time creating a website that’s up to scratch. There’s a lot of things that go on “behind the scenes” that make a good website. Showcasing your products in an effective way, getting a specific page on a list of search results, and keeping the whole thing user-friendly requires specialist skills and experience, which you probably don’t have at your business. I know that “outsource” is a dirty word among a lot of start-up owners, but make sure you’re not limiting yourself by working to a budget that’s too low.

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18 comments

  1. Web design needn’t cost a lot. There are a lot of sites out there who will help build and manage web sites. If you use them they obviously depend on loyalty since they offer extremely low rates for the first year.

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      • Shame I never had the time to learn how to design web sites 😦 I would have offered my services to you if I had, and not charged you anything (after all what are friends for?) Have you had the baby yet? It must be cooked by now surely 🙂 take care of yourself and baby will be happy as long as you’re happy xoxo

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          • Can’t they all! Even the boys. I’m sure you’ll be a fantastic mum, Kally, just take it one day at a time. Don’t panic, listen to baby and keep her surrounded with love. Worst time is when she’s mobile, lol, you’ll need eyes all around your head to keep track. Once she starts walking though she’ll be into everything. Love and peace to all 3 of you xoxo

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          • Thank you so much for your love and best wishes, Dave. I am not looking forward for her to grow up. I love and treasure each precious moments. She’s getting lovelier as each day. Big hugs and I hope you are in good health. xoxoxoxo

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          • As good as it gets, Kally, thank you. Just remember that every day that arrives is another day to create memories. Take care of you and you will take care of dad and baby. Keep learning and don’t worry about making mistakes, we all do. As long as your mistakes aren’t life threatening you’ll be fine. Keep her safe, protected and able to fend for herself when she flies the nest and that’s really all you can do. Enjoy the good times (especially when she hits those teenage rebellious years) and don’t dwell on the bad. Dad is there to help so call on him when you need to, give him plenty of time to grow his love for your daughter, after all she’s also his daughter. Big hugs to all 3 of you xoxo

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          • Well said like a grandpa! Thank you for your wisdom, Dave. Yes, I agree with you that everyday is creating memories. I’m so busy taking photos and videos of my little one. Haha! Daddy is trying his best to help out whenever he can but most of times, he is perplexed why is she crying and hands over her to me immediately. Lol!

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          • Ahhhhh…. Don’t put the ‘idea of her leaving the nest’ in my head yet. I probably will wail, roll on the floor with fists thumping hard when that happens.

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          • That’s true. Fortunately, in Asia, leaving the nest don’t really come early until one gets married or relocate to another country so I get to keep her longer by my side.

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    • Thank you! Additional knowledge is always useful and I always believe knowledge is power. You can always learn a new skill and yet not pursue it as a career if you do not feel for it.

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