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What Website Designs Say About Designers

What Website Designs Say About Designers

by Web Designer

Have you ever heard that saying, “your work should speak for itself?” If you are in web design, this should hold a much deeper meaning for because no matter if you have a good or a bad website design, it will tell the audience something about you, the designer. There are some functions and layout choices that stand out, though.

If a visitor runs into a lightbox or a modal window on your site, this may let them know that you are only interested in their money. Pop-up ads are annoying and intrusive. They make the joy of visiting a new website short-lived by interrupting the user experience. This interruption can make people leave your site as quick as they arrived.

If you have a site that has a lack of web accessibility, then this says that everybody is not important to you. It does not consider those that are disabled, those with older phones, or those with slower Internet. While a designer can choose to exclude people that choose a certain browser, it’s not right to exclude those with conditions they cannot help, such as color blindness. It’s also very easy to add web accessibility features to help boost your web design practices.

Too little white space in a website can tell viewers that you don’t care about the readability of your content. Sufficient white space can be the fine line between a pleasant and easily readable content and visually strained and cramped content. If you take the time to create great content, you should take time to make sure the message isn’t lost due to insufficient white space using some CSS.

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Making your own custom 404 pages if an incorrect URL is entered can make your audience think that you care about keeping them on your site. It shouldn’t just state that they made an error, it should have a search bar to find what they need, some auto-suggested pages that may be related to their query, and links to other pages that contain your content. If you don’t provide ways for viewers to find what they need, then they have no reason to stay on your site.

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Poor contrast between the foreground and background can tell the viewer that legibility isn’t as important as aesthetics. This is bad for viewers with low vision. You are failing at the form over function mentality since you care more about your design than your content. A bit of CSS can help you with this, too.

When your site lacks engagement features, it can express to your audience that you don’t care what they think. When you give ways for them to contact you, it shows that you care about their site experience, no matter if their comments are negative or positive. This could be any communication venue like email, contact forms, social network forms, live chat widgets, support forums, etc. If there is no way to contact you, it looks like you don’t care what others have to say. Audience feedback is essential for making the user experience and interaction better, so keep communication lines open.

Taking time to craft a great website design not only make your business look good, but yourself, too. The more you plan and consider your choices, the better an experience you can create for both your users and you.

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    • Abdirizak Hersi
    • December 11, 2014
    Reply

    Hey Spence “The Evil Genius” Nice One Mate, Just asking here, Which videos
    will show me ” How I Can Make A $500 Dollars A Day” As Web
    Designer/Developer, Which I’m, I went to ur Youtube Channel but I can’t
    find it because u didn’t say the name of the Video, Thanks Mate, Liking ur
    Style Mate,

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    • Localancers.com
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    I like the Seth Godin part, but if you are a freelancer and people hired
    you because of the price – they usually are not willing to pay extra for
    some subscription. Actually for over 10 years of web design I recall only
    one case in which a company agreed to pay a subscription for updates and
    content changes.

    Nice background light.

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    • Ahmed Musawir
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Really awesome and helpful for a 40yr old systems analyst trying to break
    into web dev ….

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    • Tim Gillespie
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Do you have any recommendations for helping with putting together quotes
    for designing wordpress based websites for people?

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    • Bulumko Papu
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Brilliant.

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    • Jamie Fyfe
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Great video! I am just starting my WordPress / S.E.O journey. I am
    currently in real estate and always had a passion for marketing! For the
    last 3-4 months I have been obsessed with learning and ultimately realising
    that it is possible to create and design as well as come up with the
    marketing ideas and strategies as done before. EVEN Better yet, i have
    mentioned this to some of my friends and other professionals who basically
    offered me business straight away! This highlighted that there is so much
    opportunity out there, I now just have focus on making sure ‘my brand’ &
    basic ability will be refined enough prior to taking on this venture. I had
    no idea this was even possible a year ago….even 6 months ago and i’m 25!
    Thanks for the video and advice, it’s really Great to see how passionate
    people are, especially that your willing to help others through your
    success! Jamie :)

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    • Priscila J
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Awesome vid, very informative, thank you!

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    • Joblig - Freelance Work & Jobs Online
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Today Some Freelance Web Designer Tips: Build Business Using WordPress Freelance
    Web Designer Tips: Build Business Using WordPress: Part 1

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    • zelda9639
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Kudos to you for wanting to share you knowledge and experience… Looking
    to reinvent myself and with some IT background I’m eager to hear more and
    learn from your series… Where are the rest of the video’s you
    promised?… Kindest regards and appreciation in advance…

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    • petrikNZ
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Where is the rest of the series?

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    • jairo cuadra
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    starting up a small WordPress based business too and this really gave me
    the push i needed to go on with it

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    • charlton68
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    I am a songwriter and composer musician artistic visual creative. How can I
    create a lucrative business around this concept.

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    • Piyush Chauhan
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Hey Spencer, I’m really starting up as a freelancer and heard a lot about
    wordpress and magento as primary system to be successful. I want to thank
    you for videos like these and hoping to get more videos from your side. As
    a starter, it’s very hard for me to think about what to do for starting up
    in this job. Thank you for this effort!

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    • LivingHealthyAus
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Great video, thanks!

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    • Dav Luthier
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    Execellent, Spence, great intro to what promises to be an exciting and
    profitable new year..

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    • Калоян Иванов
    • December 12, 2014
    Reply

    ? Love it – your video made me more confident ?

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