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6 Website Trends that Need to Be Retired

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Make sure your website isn’t stuck in the Stone Age.


The Internet is a great place individuals and companies use to express themselves, market and grow. However, many sites on the web seem overcrowded with some old and tired trends that really hamper the experience. Small businesses are often guilty of many of these egregious sins, and it’s time that we finally put them out to pasture. Let’s look at some of the biggest trends that need to go away.

 

 

Flash Websites

Flash websites were all the rage for a while. People liked having the animated intros to their site. Of course, people who actually visit the site hate it. The site takes a long time to load, and people today simply don’t have time for that. It doesn’t matter how clever the Flash intro, or the rest of the Flash on the site, might be. They are distracting, slow down the browsing experience and need to go away. Fortunately, most people agree with this, and they are on their way out. Plus it doesn’t display on the ever so popular iPhone or iPad.

SEO Bait

In the past, SEO bait, click bait and link bait were all common ways of getting people to visit a website. However, they were generally tricks, just like any type of bait. They were there to lure people, and once they reeled those people into the site, there was nothing of substance there. SEO has been changing substantially over the past couple of years, and this is no longer a legitimate practice, thankfully. Today, you need to have high quality SEO content if you hope to rank well in the search engines.

Captcha

How annoying is it when you try to do something on a website only to find the Captcha form pop up and grab you? You have to enter a series of illegible numbers or letters to proceed. If you couldn’t decipher those hieroglyphs, you could always listen to them and then enter the code. Of course, this took you out of the experience on the site, and most of the time, you probably didn’t feel like continuing. This is one of the trends that need to change. They have to find a better method of verification that doesn’t intrude on the web browsing experience.

Forms with Labels

Another trend that needs to retire is having labels in form boxes. They are unnecessary and intrusive, and they take up more space than needed. There is no good reason to have them any longer, and they should disappear. We can always cross our fingers on this one.

Bad Stock Photos

A good website needs to have photos. However, this doesn’t mean that you should put up just any photo as so many businesses seem to do. A lot of companies decide that they need some more photos, and they decide that they’ll just use some stock photos. While good stock photos might be acceptable in some cases, it’s better to avoid them whenever possible. Too often, you will end up with poor photos that don’t do your company justice or that are simply out of place. It’s a much better idea to take your own photos and use them, so long as they are of a good enough quality.

Automated Pop-Ups

This is perhaps one of the most annoying things on the web, and they are still too prevalent. When you go to a website, and before you can even read the text on the home screen, a bubble pops up telling you to sign up for their newsletter or to download their free ebook, it’s time to visit another site.

These are just some of the many trends that need to retire in the world of web design. Slowly, but surely, these changes will come… hopefully! At DivPixel we stay up to date on the top website trends, making sure that your page is not a thing of the past. Contact us today for more information!

 

Last modified on Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:35
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Roberto is a seventeen year veteran of the internet and a first generation web designer. He's also the founder of Exxia.Net and Div Pixel Web Design. He currently advises corporations on how to create websites with a well defined mission in order to achieve online success. He can be reached at rs@divpixel.net

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