There flow a number of assumptions that try to conclude about the website. Maybe you believed in some of them as true but it’s never too late to get the know-how of some of them in detail. There prevail certain myths about website designing that lead to developing designs that could ultimately ruin the website doing no good unintentionally. So if you are among those who is about to design a website or already working in few, its’ high time to do the reality check and take a sneak-peek over what the most customary myths are so that blunders can be avoided.
1. The lifeline is the homepage: Gone are the days when the homepage was considered as the soul of the website. For getting around to the rest of the pages in the website, the homepage was considered as the sole element. This is the era of SEO results or directly provided links that have nothing to do with the homepage. Homepage these days are used just to showcase the top stories, highlighted content and most frequent searched categories. Rest is all in the hand of the quality of content you are providing.
2. Keep it minimum, keep it simple: Here to rule out the fact that only minimum is simple, one can get less informative facts with the fewer content you have revealed. This may lead the user to bump out from the website, searching for the ones that could give him a detailed knowledge. Simplicity could be obtained even in complex and complicated design by providing a clear flow of vocabulary and easy to understand terminologies.
3. Navigational choices should be limited: Firstly it should be clearly understood what the actual job of navigation is. It helps the visitor to explore what the website has in it to offer him. So its function will decelerate if the navigational choices will get limited. A good navigation will let the visitor go through the multitude of pages without hiding any of them and thus making it more user-friendly and accessible.
4. Just three clicks should be enough to get want one want: Three click theory in computer and two taps theory in mobile are the biggest myth since past. Frankly, all that visitors care about is the quality of task they are performing and the end result they are getting and not the number of times they are clicking while doing so. No one counts the clicks for God’s sake. The user might end up leaving the website if he is not getting the exact thing even in one or two clicks. If the user finds what he desires after multiple clicks the experience become worthwhile.
5. Mobile users are most active and distracted both: Studies claims that around 68-70% of mobile usage either in the form of article reading or online shopping is done at home. And of course, these things can only be done when you have leisure time to spend. So this myth is a bogus one. However, distractions can be justified as it can happen regardless if you are at home or office.
6. Good usability doesn’t require good aesthetics: How can one forget the concept of the first impression. And one can’t deny that the first impression comes with the appearance. Humans are full of emotions and great visuals attract users largely to splurge upon the website. So ruling out this fact we can claim that good usability and good aesthetics goes hand in hand.
7. Users enlighten as what they fancy: Of course feedback is essential but trusting them blindly can wreck your website largely. If you find no logic on the customer’s feedback there would be no use to alter the web design. A little common sense is what required in such scenarios.
Now, since you know most of the myths designers cling to, try not to inculcate them in your project and do one smart and wonderful job that could make your design awe striking and user-friendly both.