Author Avatar Web Disasters I – Bleeding Edge

by Webnme2 on Mar 20th 2010

Web Disasters – Sites We Hate – Part I

Websites can be wonderful or horrible depending on your point of view. Too often corporate websites look good in the board room while the visitor has an entirely different view.

BEFORE WE START: BLEEDING EDGE JUST ISN’T RIGHT

Leading edge is fine. Bleeding edge stinks. Do you know your customer base? Hey dudes listen up. Not everyone out there has a brand new computer with the latest gadgets and an unlimited budget.

I WANT TO GET TO YOUR SITE, BUT YOU MAKE IT HARD — YOU LOSE

1. Upgrade to See A Site?

Don’t make your customers have to do a software upgrade to see your site. At best when this is free, it is really annoying to have stop and do an install that could crash your computer. If a customer needs information now, waiting for an install will drive them to a competitor site.

2. Slow, Slow, Slow

Don’t use bleeding edge stuff that requires a lot of time to load because it will look pretty. Eye candy is nice and good looks are important, but if we have to wait five minutes for you to download your impressive artwork, we are probably already somewhere else.

3. Inaccessible Locks Out Audience

Think about disabled users. If your primary navigation is spiffy, snappy flash stuff, how will your disabled visitors get around your site? Probably they won’t.

4. Whose Screen Are You Designing For?

Don’t let your web developer design for his 1280×1024 screen size. Too many people still are doing 800×600 and won’t see half of the site without a lot of horizontal scrolling which is frustrating and annoying. Remember your customers have all sorts of old gear with all sorts of old settings that they may or not know how to change.

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The author's first experience with computers was with Fortran IV. Wow that's ancient. After graduate school, he taught history for a number of years at a community college before becoming an attorney. In 1997 he changed careers to become a web developer/designer with an interest in all things web related. He currently maintains several dozen websites. This is his personal blog. The opinions expressed are his own.

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