Guest Mike Mella
Web designer, developer, and strategist helping organizations stay current on the Web.
Season 01 Episode 3
– Jan 11, 2019
42:23 Show Notes
Web Design Shortcuts You Should Never Take
In this episode myself and Mike Mella discuss several webdesign shortcuts you should never take and the reasons why many businesses continue to make these mistakes.
We talk about some things that businesses often do to save money by cutting various parts of their websites. Avoid shortcuts if you can, but sometimes its unavoidable.
Usability testing should be conducted to help you make your website the best it can be. It's not as expensive as you think it might be. Testing should be done with people in your target audience but not from your organization. They should be unfamiliar with your website to get the best results.
Do not use a predefined theme for WP or a website builder if possible. You content should determine the design not the design determine the content. When using a theme, the design shapes the content and copy which results in sub par messaging and a website that is not memorable or unique.
Common issues include avoiding pop-ups, don't use the phrase click here, and pdfs. There is no fold. Don't worry about above the fold.
- Should I Use a Carousel
- Steve Krug (usability expert)
- Presto Card
- Eight common user experience problems (and solutions) for nonprofit websites: Part one
- Eight common user experience problems (and solutions) for nonprofit websites: Part two
- Why you shouldn't say "Click Here"
- Content Carousels/Sliders on the Homepage
- I am the Fold
Have a question for Sean, Mike, and Amanda? Send us an email.
- 1 Introduction to Website 101 Podcast
- 2 Planning, Structure, Goals
- 3 Web Design Shortcuts You Should Never Take
- 4 Websites Benefit from Continual Development
- 5 SEO 101
- 6 PPC 101 (Pay Per click)
- 7 PR & Marketing
- 8 What is a Landing Page
- 9 Accessibility - Why It's Important
- 10 DIY Vs Bespoke
- 11 Season 1 Wrap Up