Five Website Design Errors to Avoid Before a Website Launch

It will take me 0.05 seconds to form an opinion about your site. And 94 out of 100 such decisions are design-based, as revealed in a Northumbria and Sheffield University research. Unquestionably, snap decisions define a good deal of online user behavior.

A website design is never complete. You have to debug and recheck regularly to keep it on target. However, some design mistakes can cause much harm to credibility and business, if not rectified before you launch your website.

User Experience (UX) Design Mistakes

As per KoMarketing usability report, 86% visitors want easy access to information about the products and services on a website. If need to know isn’t met with proper usability, your site’s reputation will suffer.

You must control the amount of information on each web page. They need to be in concise pockets, linked to other content/pages in a context.

Check for link repetition. Remove any broken ones. If there is a search bar, make sure that it produces adequate results. Make your home button readily seen. 36% of visitors try clicking on the website logo to get back.

If your site features microsites or subsites, ensure that the user has a way to get back to you. Don’t leave visitors stranded on an orphan page.

Lack of Clarity

If I click on a link labeled ‘Chicken Food’, do I land on a web page about ‘Food items for Chicken’ or ‘Food items made from Chicken’?

The purpose of an excellent design is to achieve clarity. It means lowering the cognitive load of a user when they’re trying to get through your web page.

Descriptive headings, visual hierarchy, fewer features with evident objectives are elements of a sharp design. However, avoid the following;

Inappropriate category names
Unexpected search results
Similar-sounding links
Barely visible prices or info
Unsorted content
Confusing/misleading navigation setup

Over-Simplicity in Design

If you give a user fifteen minutes to read through your web page content, two-thirds will prefer creative copies over plain information.

Flat designs are minimalist, painless to implement, direct, and easy on the eyes. But, if taken too far, they can lead to boring colors, basic text, handicapped usability, and a generic website.

There’s a fine line between the two outcomes.

The ultimate design goal is clarity. While simplification helps this objective, overdoing it may stifle creativity and reduce the visitor’s inspiration to stay.

Weak/Absent Responsive Design

Of the total time a person spends online, mobile users account for 71% in the USA & China, 61% in the UK, and 91% in Indonesia. 52% of them refuse to engage with companies whose websites exhibit poor optimization for small screens.

Responsive web page design allows flexible viewing, hassle-free, and quick usage.

It offers you easier analytic reports, lower bounce rates, enhanced conversion rates, and some cost-cutting. Also, 80% of mobile phone searches about local businesses convert.

While mobile-friendliness isn’t an official Google ranking factor for websites yet, it has become a crucial element when the search engines consider web pages’ efficiency.

Non-Scannable Text Organisation

HubSpot research reveals that 43% of visitors skim through the content. If it fails to seize their attention, they bounce.

Also, easily scannable content boosts readability by 47%. Needless to say, the visitor must be able to skim through your content, be it for a blog post or a web page.

Avoid long, cluttered paragraphs. Use bullets. Use the white space to your advantage. Use Bold and Italics with moderation.

You need winning section headers. Use subheadings. Aim for a bite-sized chunk of content. Using images and videos in context help by breaking your text. They help a user grab the point quickly.

Don’t Delay the Launch Chasing After the Perfect Website Design

Your site must appropriately emphasize its objective, be user-centric and detailed. If you find your web pages lacking in more than half of the factors I mentioned earlier, halt the launch and think about alterations.

However, there is no point chasing the most flawless look & feel. With times, audience accumulation, and overall purpose, new issues in web designing will always crop up.

Keep an eye on the trends while you try not to make common website mistakes, and you’ll witness decent results in no time.

I Love You Teddy Bear and the Launch of the Steiff Bear

Was there ever a time in your life when you turned and whispered “I love you teddy bear” to your most cherished companion? The teddy bear that was with you, in your crib, from the day you were born? The one you came home and cried to when you fell off your bike and scraped your knee on the sidewalk? The one that kept you company when you were forced to remain indoors after your contracted chicken pox? If you never told your teddy bear how you felt about him or her, that would be a surprise. After all, teddy bears all over the world are used to hearing “I love you teddy bear,” at one time or another in their long lives.

Children everywhere (and even some adults), have been in love with their teddy bears ever since they were innocently first created as felt pincushions to be given to family and friends as gifts. What began as nothing more than a small elephant Margarete Steiff made in felt from a do-it-yourself pattern she found in a popular German magazine, turned into the most iconic plush toy of all time.

Maragarete was so pleased with the result of her first felt pincushion she decided to make others to give away. When children saw their mothers’ elephant pincushions, they claimed them for themselves, loving their size and softness. Margarete received so many requests for the pincushions, on December 29, 1889, she decided to start selling them. What had begun as merely a dressmaking business, quickly turned into the sale of soft toys (including lions, dogs, camels, monkeys, and donkeys), which eventually made up the majority of sales at Margarete’s company; 5,170 elephants were sold in 1886.

The company moved to larger premises in 1889 and went on to produce its first catalogue in 1892 which showcased its entire range of ‘toy’ animal products. In the same year, the company applied for a patent “for the making of animals and other figures to serve as playthings.” The launch of the first Steiff bear also took place in 1892 which was just one of many animals available for purchase in a set. The little bear was a hugely popular character and soon became the most important in the animal set.

The Steiff bear had begun its journey to what we would eventually see perfected and established as the world’s most popular toy.

And so too began the idea that one could be in love with their plush toys, specifically with the teddy bear. Saying “I love you teddy bear” to your favorite plush toy is no more unusual than saying it to the family dog or cat. Like with them, children and adults form close and passionate attachments to particular soft toys and as is the case, the “I love you teddy bear” sentiment really isn’t unusual at all.

Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.

Your Product Creation Research Guide

Creating a product can be a challenging task without knowing what people already want to buy. But, it doesn’t have to be that way for you. You see, you’re about to discover what the pros who crank out best sellers over and over again know is the key to successful product creation.Research- the key to product creationWhen planning to create a product it is important to get as much data about the people who are in the market to buy it. Here are some sources for getting that valuable data:-· Internet: For market research the internet has proven to be an invaluable tool for pinpointing exactly what the problems your market need solving and what their desires are demanding you include in your product before they buy it from you. Gather as much info as you can from sources like ask.com, keyword research, niche forums, Google trends and even blogs to see what people are liking and disliking about current products and what they want and need. Just by putting these tips to work for you, you’re well on your way to a best selling product! Read on…· Print Media: Magazines, newspaper and journals enable businesses to gain information on the latest reviews of various products. Especially if you are looking to create a product that is in the IT field such as a new mobile phone solution. Then it is necessary to go through the various product reviews. Moreover these reviews can provide information on the latest reviews of the products including the current top providers of them.· Conferencing/meetings: Through meeting other professionals in the same industry as your market, new ideas can be gained regarding the production of the item. In fact,having a brain storming session with other professionals in the same industry will be a great source for new ideas sure to win.These are the main research areas that you can gain access to information while researching the market for product creation data. With access to these sources you can research all the info you need to provide features and benefits in your new product to whip up a buying frenzy for it before you even launch it!Of course, this info is the foundation, but what you really need is a step by step plan of action from the product creation pros to give you the keys to successfully creating best selling products as quickly and easily as possible.