- Thu, February 01 2007
- Filed under: Websites and web usability
I’m a big fan of websitesthatsuck.com, especially their annual hall of shame. I go there when I feel depressed about my own web shortcomings - nothing like a dose of schadenfreude to brighten the spirit.
Here are just a few of the many useful lessons from the list of offenders this year:
1. Keep it clean and easy to read—busy is bad.
2. Have one, clear focal point (and, I’d add, one clear call to action) or else you’re making it very unpleasant for the visitor. Don’t believe me? Visit the Salt Institute (warning: take two Tylenol first).
3. Good navigation is essential and must be from the perspective of the audience, rather than your own.
I could go on and on, but they already did. There are more than 100 more tips on their site—check out 148 Mortal Sins That Will Send Your Site to Web Design Hell. Yikes, some of my work may be purgatory bound. But at least I’m not the Salt Institute!