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5 tips for avoiding common web design sins


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5 Tips for Avoiding Common Web Design Sins

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5 tips for avoiding common web design sins

  1. 1. 5 Tips for Avoiding Common Web Design SinsThere are a plethora of best practices and guidelines for web design, and many fall within twocategories, either the do’s or the don’ts. These might change places every now and then, but mostlikely these don’ts will end up on someone’s “to-do” list to fix or change. Sorting through the vastlist of what not to do in web design, I’ve come up with my top five, which I’ll explain in somedetail below.Don’t!#1 Create a Splash pageWith the advent of HTML 5 there is a level of controversy surrounding the use of Flash and sincemost splash pages are created in Flash, it is not a surprise that these seem to be on the wane.Splash pages are particularly overdone in many instances with long load times, several minutes ofartful graphics, and no navigation. The exceptions are few and far between. Many splash pagescan last up to a minute or more and these become tiring quickly when you want to get into themeat of the content on a web page. Besides that fact, most visitors click through or just leave sitesto avoid splash pages; web browsers also have a hard time indexing them in their ranking systems.#2 Mix HTTP with HTTPS resourcesSecurity is the point with HTTPS, so why is that you find many web documents that contain a mixof both resources when the intention is to transmit secure data? One of the issues with mixing thetwo together is caching that occurs, and another is the unsecure data that can be picked up alongthe way and replaced with counterfeit, spurious content or other exploits. One way around this isto use JavaScript or other means which can be utilized to call a separate secure “portal” window ashttps so that the secure resources are completely separate from the non-secured http.#3 Link pages to themselvesThis offense is still on many lists, and I cannot count how many times I still see this on websitestoday. Visitors get confused, cannot remember what page they are on, and forget if they clicked onthat link or not when the same page refreshes. It is just not a good practice to link any page towithin itself.#4 Resize the browser windowMany frown on this tactic from an end user standpoint since they end up losing all control of thebrowser screen size. Most folks have their window size set a certain way and typically will closeout any sites that automatically change the browser window.
  2. 2. #5 Use framesSome websites still use them, especially for badges, widgets, and embedded content on a smallscale, but typically the widespread use of frames has fallen. Here are a few reasons why framescreate weaknesses for websites: Search engines have trouble reading content within frames. Not all browsers support frames Add a favorite or bookmarking a frame generally will not work correctly Framed websites often do not close properly when content is viewed through several frames. Printing web content within frames becomes problematic, and typically requires a separate “print friendly” option as a work around.Recommend Office .NET/Silverlight Component:Spire.XLS for .NET and SilverlightSpire.Office for .NET and SilverlightSpire.Doc for .NET and SilverlightSpire.PDF for .NETSpire.DataExport for .NET