If you’ve ever wondered what the biggest bloopers in website design are, wonder no further. Here are the 30 worst things you can do to a site without being arrested (although web designers who perpetrate them should be). 
1 Blank or too generic title tag. The title tag is vital in achieving high search engine rankings, yet many companies leave these blank or not specific. They should be descriptive and accurately reflect the content of the site.
2 Unused Meta Description tags. These tags show up on the Google results and are the Internet doorway for your site. Use them well. A call to action is often the best use of the Meta Description tag.
3 ‘Under Construction’ pages. If a page isn’t ready then don’t put it online.
4 Lonely orphans. Pages that don’t have links to them are known as ‘orphans’ in the trade – and as far as the rest of the world is concerned, they don’t exist.
5 Alien abduction. Pages that completely ignore the look and feel of the rest of your website leave users feeling like they’ve been suddenly transported to a website far, far away.
6 Uncharted waters. Navigation makes it easy for your users to find stuff.  Pages without navigation make it more difficult. If you don’t offer them an option, visitors are more likely to close your page than to hit the browser’s Back button. 
7 The missing link. Broken links are frustrating for visitors. Use software to check for these – and get them fixed. 
8 The hidden link. Links that are hard to find won’t get used as often. Make them identifiable by using a contrasting colour, underline, altering the rollover state, etc. 
9 Jumping Jack Flash. Jumping menus are never good – in a restaurant or in a website. Get your web designer to fix them. 
10 Typos. Spelling and grammatical mistakes pour cold water on your professionalism. Use your spell checker, but don’t rely on it blindly. Spell checkers are like some old hound dogs – faithful but stupid.
11 Images for text. Text in images can’t be read by search engines or screen readers.
12 Broken compass. Once the user learns how to use your site’s navigation, keep it the same – don’t change it.
13 Lack of contrast. Use contrast, especially between text and background.
14 Random Design. Using too many fonts, too many styles, too many weights, too many sizes and too many colours is just too much.
15 Images without the alt attribute. That’s the little text box that sometimes pops up when your mouse is over an image. Search engines like them and so do your visitors.
16 Improper image format. JPEGs are best for photos and continuous tone images. GIFs are best for images with large areas of flat colour.
17 Poor quality photography. One strong, well-chosen photograph can make any website look great – so what do you think a bad shot will do?
18 Clich├ęd and overused clip-art. Should neither be seen nor heard. 
19 Forced animation. Some people will watch and enjoy your animation. Some people will be in a hurry and want to skip it. Always give them the option.
20 Overly animated animation. Let your animation cycle a few times and then stop it. Also, give the users a ‘STOP’ button in case they feel dizzy.
21 Blinking text. Is blinking annoying – although some have found another word for it.
22 No forwarding address. The purpose of a website is to communicate. Make sure people have a way to contact you.
23 Reliance on email links. Email links only work if the user has an email program available and correctly configured. And they don’t work with G-mail and similar services. So people in libraries or school labs can’t use them. Most ISPs offer a form processing script that can convert the contents of a form to an email and send it to you. Use it.
24 I’ll get back to you…one day. Ignore spam, yes: but when a legitimate visitor takes the time to contact you, a prompt reply is only good manners.
25 Noises off. Unexpected, auto-play sounds are irritating, especially in an office or classroom. Always provide a clear ‘OFF BUTTON’ for sounds.
26 Opening too many windows. Cluttering up someone’s screen with a new window every time they click on a link is just plain rude.
27 Cross-browser inconsistencies. Your site should work on Macs and Windows, in Explorer, Firefox and Safari. Ask your web designer for W3C Compliance.
28 Totally immobile. Your users may not be on a broadband connection, they might be on their BlackBerry. Provide a site that can be used on mobile devices; at least so that they can see your phone number if they are trying to find your office.
29 Out of date, out of mind. Your audience will stop coming back if your site never changes. Either get a CMS (Content Management System) or make friends with someone that knows HTML.
30 Lost in space. Make sure you have a coherent strategy for Search Engine listings. If your site is hard to find on the search engines far fewer people will visit. Make sure you choose keywords that are specific to your business or organisation.
 
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