Web design issues are a part of every website. Even the biggest most prominent companies can and do have issues on their websites. As a web development company, we see all kinds of issues on websites that we visit and especially with websites that we take on to redesign for customers.
I can’t help but notice these issues and being a web developer, frankly they annoy me. I was going to do a top 5 list, but decided to just freestyle some things I think are annoying as they are all pretty equally annoying.
One of the big things is images that are not the right size and end up being blurry or stretched awkwardly. This is a amateur issue with people who don’t know about pixel sizes when it comes to images and the requirement to edit images before they go to the web.
One of the biggest things that we see regularly is people uploading images directly out of their camera onto the web that are four, five or even six thousand pixels per dimension and this is really hard for servers to load. Images should be around 600 to 1200 pixels per dimension and not bigger than that. Images that come directly out of a camera are four to five times this size and the irony is the image will not be any better or look any different being this size but it will slow down a website significantly.
Another common issue I see is websites lacking a favicon. Favicon stands for favorites icon and shows the brand of the website in the upper tab of the browser bar for visitors to keep track of which site is which with many tabs open. Many, many, many web developers are lazy and don’t bother to change the favicon on or even worse will put their own branded favicon here instead of a client’s brand.
This is a specific pet peeve of mine and we always brand all of our clients websites with their own unique favicon. It’s all about the small details! And with favicons, it is literally about the small details as they are a 40 by 40 pixel size image.
Continuing with this list of things that bother me on websites are footers that have copyright notices from years ago like 2016 or 2017. To me this just shows that the website has not been updated by a web developer regularly. We always update our clients footers to the year accordingly, so coming up here soon we will be updating all the sites to 2020 from 2019. We also use PHP code sometimes that will automatically update the copyright date to the current date on the computer.
These all may seem like small things that most people wouldn’t notice, but when they add up together you can just tell there something wrong with the website overall. A good web developer will focus on all the small details from the top to the bottom for an overall composition that works for their clients.
If you need help with your website, get a hold of us and we can help out!