DON’T have music start playing right away – I am happily browsing the internet while my husband is playing video games and then all of a sudden BLAM music is pouring out of my speakers waking my children and making me jump for the volume. No, I do not care what your favorite song is right now. I don’t care that you want everyone in the world to know who your favorite artist is. It’s annoying. Since I work from home I don’t have this particular problem, but if someone wants to check out your blog at work and suddenly “Gettin Jiggy Wit It” starts blaring through the office, heads are going to turn. So please don’t make music start playing on your website right from the get go. If you MUST have something, then make it default to paused until someone actually wants to play it. They can click “play”, don’t make them search for the stop or pause button.
DON’T have so many moving parts that your eyes want to bleed – I once had a client who every time they asked me to add something to their website, they would add “and really make it flash”. All I could do was roll my eyes and say no problem. The site was terrible! You didn’t know where to look. There was so much going on, that you would get frustrated and navigate AWAY from the site. Simple animation in small sections of your website can direct your visitors to exactly where you want them to be in the site. Trying to pull them in too many directions will frustrate your visitors and make them find somewhere else to go.
DON’T have too many navigation bars – not to bag on one of my favorite stores… but have you been to www.costco.com? There is a navigation bar at the top, and then right underneath another navigation bar, and then right underneath that… well look at what we have? ANOTHER navigation bar! Put your most critical links at the top and then go from there. If you need more links, then use drop downs or make a different type of navigation along the side or at the bottom. That many different types of navigation at the top just looks sloppy and congested.
DON’T let ads take over your entire site – It’s fine to have advertisers. We all need to make money, I totally get and support that. What I don’t like to see is ads that pop up in my face, cover the text that I’m trying to read, or make the site lose it’s look and flow.
So please take my advice, and stop annoying me. I’m sure you’ll stop annoying everyone else too. kthxbye!
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