If you are working with something or someone, you will always hear rumours and myths. Some may prove to be true but most of the time they are nothing more than a bunch of lies to distract you from your true path.
Remember : Rumours and Myths are created by losers, spread by idiots and accepted by fucking retards.
Here are the most common myths and misconceptions related to web design
1) Websites Look The Same Everywhere
Different browsers display websites different because of how they each read the coding on the website. More modern browsers can read modern age code like HTML5 or CSS3, but if a browser isn’t up to date, neither is the ability to read the code resulting in a different web page display. In an age where we can view websites from a variety of devices – desktop, tablet, and phones – it’s become crucial for developers to create sites that can be viewed on all of these devices. Long story short, websites do not look the same on all devices.
2) My Business Is Local, So I Don’t Need A Website
This is an ancient, but surprisingly common misconception. Pretty much everyone turns to the internet to find information about a specific company. If you’re a restaurant or deli, a potential customer may want to take a look at your menu beforehand or get directions to your establishment. A website represents the company personality and without it, it’s hard to decipher the vibe of your business. Having a website for a company has become the norm in today’s society and is essentially expected at this point in the game. Not having one will create negative assumptions about the business, local or not.
3) Looks Are Everything
This myth is fairly understandable – we are naturally attracted to what looks nice. Although this may be true, a user will not stay on your website very long if it isn’t usable. So having the flashy, attractive, fancy website is great and all, but if it isn’t easy to use or navigate, all of the fancy effects become futile.
4) 3-Second Rule
The 3 second rule is a myth that is still followed (to an extent) today. The reason why it’s a myth is because it is taken too literal. There’s no reason to fear that a potential customer or client will leave your website if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds, it’s a mere expression to stress that a site cannot take a long time to load. 3 seconds or 5 seconds or 8 seconds – they don’t make a difference to the user as long as it doesn’t take 5 or 10 minutes to load a page.
5) Web Design Is Subjective
People often see web design as an art, which is subjective. However, design is a technical skill that requires a great deal of knowledge and research where as fine art is based on emotion. Web design has progressed to become a process that includes problem solving and research alike. Today, real web designers do more than make a website look nice and functional; they do a lot of research so they can develop the site to fit the target audience. Most successful sites are user driven, and it’s essential for the designer to know the target market just as much as someone on the marketing team.
6) People read on the web
People only read word-by-word on the web when they are really interested in the content. They usually skim the pages looking for highlighted keywords, meaningful headings, short paragraphs and scannable list. Since they’re in a hurry to find the very piece of information they’re looking for, they’ll skip what’s irrelevant for them.
So don’t expect people to read content that seems neither easily scannable nor relevant for them, therefore long text blocks, unnecessary instructions, promotional writing and “smalltalk” should be avoided on the web.
7) All pages should be accessible in 3 clicks
Usability tests have long challenged the so called three-click rule. Contrary to popular belief, people don’t leave your site if they’re unable to find the desired information in 3 clicks. In fact, the number of necessary clicks affects neither user satisfaction, nor success rate. That’s right; fewer clicks don’t make users happier and aren’t necessarily perceived as faster.
What really counts here is ease of navigation, the constant scent of information along the user’s path. If you don’t make the user think about the clicks, they won’t mind having a few extra clicks.
8) People don’t scroll
Although people weren’t used to scrolling in the mid-nineties, nowadays it’s absolutely natural to use the browser’s scrollbar. For a continuous and lengthy content, like an article or a tutorial, scrolling provides even better usability than slicing up the text to several pages.
You don’t have to squeeze everything into the top of your homepage or above the fold. To make sure that people will scroll, you need to follow certain design principles and provide content that keeps your visitors interested. Also keep in mind that content above the fold will still get the most attention and is also crucial for users in deciding whether your page is worth reading at all.
9) Design is about making a website look good
Many people regard web design as decoration; the art of making a website look good. However, design is more about how something works than how it looks. Design is about both form and function. In contrast with art, good design is not only visually and emotionally appealing but is made for use.
The goal of design is to efficiently solve problems. Design is based on the understanding of how users see the world, how they think and behave. And the toolset of the designer is broader than just colors and font-styles, as it also includes user-research, prototyping, usability testing, and more.
10) Accessibility is expensive and difficult
To make your website accessible, you don’t need to add extra functionality or to duplicate any content. The key is simply to assess the requirements of those with different skills and limited devices when designing the user interface and your content.
To build from scratch a website that’s accessible therefore, costs virtually the same as to develop one that isn’t.
Correcting an already inaccessible site, however, might need extra effort but is always beneficial on the long run since accessible sites are easier and cheaper to maintain.
Let’s hope I have successfully debunked your myths so that you can develop your sites better. Did I miss something or any suggestions ? Please comment below
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