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4 Terrible Web Design Trends in the History of the Internet Life

January 16th, 2016

4 terrible wedesign trends

In today’s world of social media, audience with an ever decreasing attention span and memes, trends have become a huge and compelling part of the web life. This is witnessed by the multiple web design that are continuously being developed and within no time, they are out of market. This post will discuss some of the worst web design trends that have been seen throughout the web life. Thankfully, most of them are no longer with us. What a mess they can create?

1. Splash Pages

Well, you must have seen a website that loads with illuminating status bars, cacophony of visual excess and sliding photography. The idea behind a splash page is, “invest a little time to watch this short video to discover how awesome our site is!” In simple terms, it’s meant to create a positive first impression.

Although splash pages may work at least for the site owner, note I said “may”, it is normally an overly negative web design and you won’t like the experience it gives. Splash pages wastes user’s time and delays them from accessing the content they need.

In the end, after searching for the “click to skip” link with no success, the already annoyed users will typically decide to bounce back rather than wait for what seems like forever.

In conclusion, focus on creating a good homepage with great appearance, quality content, and simple to use. Don’t focus on wasting your time by showing users filler and pointless content.

2. Web 2.0 Website Design

Reflections, rounded corners, gradients and drop shadows only bring one thing to mind: 2005.

As the web is progressively moving towards flatter and harder-edge aesthetic, do not let your website lag behind with old versions and looks. In the modern web, drop-shadowing and dimensionality looks soft and tentative. Applying Skeuomorphism for skeuomorphism’s sake only yield an overcomplicated design that puts off your users.

In conclusion: Although some web design expert are arguing that flatter is not the way to go, major companies such as Microsoft, Google, Apple and others are going flat. So, flat is what web users will be expecting soon.

3. Stock Photos

Wisely chosen stock photos do not appear like stock photos. However, these are astronomically expensive. As a result, some web designer use photos with boring contradictions; lifeless photos of individuals how are smiling on the inside but crying inside.

Advice: If your website needs photos, try and use your own original photos. If this is not possible, try and select great stock photos. Be cautious not to use photos that only make your website look like a joke. Web design is changing and a great website appearance is invaluable.

4. Background Music

Lastly, some web design are meant to attract viewers mind, so they use some tunes to help establish a connection. If you are thinking about applying this technique, note these 3 things;

· A good number of your site visitors know what they are looking for, sounds in the background only disturb them.

· Have you ever thought of people accessing your website in places where silence is required, maybe a library, such sounds are a total turn off.

· The time your website take to load; the music only makes it longer

Advice: Unless you’re a DJ company, a radio station, or a TV station, skip the music.