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7 Ways to Make a Bad Website

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Like many sciences, there are rules to follow to ensure success. Whether for painting, writing a novel or even completing a recipe, it is important to follow certain instructions to obtain desired results. As you know, WebSelf allows you to build your own website. We promise that creating your site will be easy and attainable. That's why today we want to warn you of 7 common mistakes that may seriously harm your website.

1. Only Adding Text to Your Site

For starters, it is important that you have a balanced website to please your visitors. One way to do this is to add some pictures related to your text. Your website can look very heavy if it is only text. If you have a lot to say, why not do different categories or pages? Group the important elements together and try to opt for a more streamlined design. Do you know where to find great pictures for your site? There are various banks of free and paid images that will certainly meet your needs.

2. Only Adding Pictures

Only adding pictures is also something to avoid. You should put them on your site to make it look more alive. However, it becomes very heavy looking if there are too many as each item has a visual weight. Without written content, it is difficult to know who you are and what the site is about. In addition, it will be very difficult for search engines to properly reference you if they cannot read the descriptions and keywords on your website. In short, too many pictures can easily become the same as not enough. Try to stay clean and balanced as it is one of the trends on the web right now.

3. Spelling Errors

You can have the best looking website and no visits or sales. What scares your potential customers is if your website is full of spelling or grammatical errors. This will greatly affect your image and your credibility. If you want to have a professional website, you must take the time to check every title and text. To avoid errors, you can have your website checked by a friend or family member, use corrective software, or hire a reviewer.

4. Publishing without Changing the Design

We have noticed that several people have published their site without modifying the original design. We are flattered that they love our designs as much as we do, however, it is very important to customize your site with your own titles, text, and images. Have you completed all the pages of your site? Have you tested each of the components like links or buttons? Are social media pages related to your website created and mentioned? You have some things to do before publishing your site. Take the time to do everything.

5. Using More than 3 Colours

Everything is about balance in life and your website is no exception. That is why you should choose a maximum of 3 main colors when creating your website. The design you choose can give you an idea of which colors to use or combine. Do you know the 60-30-10 rule? First, choose a main hue for the background of your site. Then, opt for a second color that could be used for your texts. Consider using a brighter colour if the hue chosen for the background is neutral or vice versa. Finally, use a third color to focus on specific points on your site such as your titles or buttons.

6. Using More than 2 Fonts

We know that there are many different styles to choose from and it can be difficult to choose the best for your website. That's why you should only pick a maximum of two to keep the appearance of your site clean, especially if you add a lot of text. You can choose a more eccentric font for your titles and a more neutral for your texts if you like. This will give a much more professional image to your website.

7. Not Taking the Time to do a Header

A header has many uses, including bringing order to your site and introducing it. Why not take the time to create one that will represent your image well? Do you have a blog, a company or is it for a particular project? Have you thought about putting a logo on it? If you lack inspiration for your header, we suggest you take a look at our article on the subject. We took the time to explain how to change the header and some ideas to get off to a good start. Do not underestimate your header, it is found on every page of your website!  

In conclusion, the main thing to remember is harmony and balance: the ratio of image to text, as well as colors and fonts. Take note of websites that you like at first glance or that you visit regularly. What attracts you? Is it the choice of colors, the layout or the quality of the information? We know you can build a great site. For information or ideas, do not hesitate to read more on the subject or go to the WebSelf blog!