7 Website Design Trends You Should Ignore

Every single day, there are over thousands of websites being created across the world. Most of them are for business purpose, while some of them are for personal use. There is a huge chunk of money being invested in getting a website done. The web designers are well paid for the time and effort they put into each project.

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There are some designs that look really appealing and interesting; however, there are certain designs that you should try and avoid as you will eventually lose out on all the valuable visitors if your site is not good enough. The main challenge is that the design trends are really tough to control; if a trend is set – good or bad – it catches up and carries over. The tough part is in case you are trying to look over the net to get some inspiring design from a wrong source, it will only do you bad than good.

Here are seven website design trends that you should be ignoring.

  1. The Loading Site Screens: People value their time and in such times, when they visit a site, the time taken to load the page has to be fast. A lot of people these days have smartphones and that is how they access the sites. If your site takes forever to load, people will not visit it again. If the site takes too long to load, it will annoy the visitors; therefore, do not opt for a design that takes forever to load the web pages. The page speed will also impact your Google rankings.
  2. Too Many Pop-Ups: In early 2000, pop-ups were common; however, that trend declined in between. Now again, they have made a comeback. Once up on a time, users were ok with these pop-ups as it was something new and they had not seen something of that sort before. However, these days, it is more than enough to annoy your visitors, and be rest assured that these users will never visit your site again if it has a lot of pop-ups. Especially, the vast number of mobile users find it really irritating to be accessing a site that has too many pop-ups. Keep your site simple. Your intention of having a site has to be an attempt to engage the audience and not chase them off. Therefore, avoid anything that has too many pop-ups.
  3. Excessive Parallax Effect: This was actually a very glamorous trend in the past couple of years and at the same time it was way too damaging. You can use the parallax effect in a minimal way on your site and it will be nice. However, if you overdo the effects, it will really annoy your users. You need to understand that parallax is not actually a part of a mobile-friendly website; therefore, kindly save it on the desktop in case you really need to be using it.
  4. The Autoplay (Audio): This is yet another thing that has been seen as a trend. You might have seen a lot of websites that has these autoplay videos. These videos will start playing as soon as you are on the homepage. Having autoplay audio on a site will first take a lot of time to load and secondly, it will really annoy the users when he/she is browsing through your site.
  5. The Navigation Hidden in Desktop: This is a very odd design trend. Mobile has given the designers a challenge as in there is not much space in order to navigate the menus on the small screens. This trend is now on the desktops as well. It is a wrong idea to hide the navigation until it is absolutely essential as including an additional click on each page view is not good. This will give the users a bad experience; it is actually not necessary to have bigger displays.
  6. A Lot of JavaScript: Talking about this, Java script is almost everywhere. Most of the social plugins that you see also use them. Therefore, you have to do a good proportion of WP plugins and use the Java scripts appropriately. The users will not stick to your site if it is taking way too long.
  7. The Typography (Complex): You will be able to include a lot of typefaces, but more than 2 is not actually recommended. A lot of typefaces will create a sort of cluttered look to the site, which will look confusing as well and reduce the legibility and readability. It is best to see what is good for your site and stick to that design.

These are some of the website design trends that you should be ignoring. Always, design a website that will engage and appeal to more audience.

Manmeet Singh

I currently hold the editor-level position with DesigningTips.com and Founder as well. With a group of online & offline companies under the Soofi Group in my kitty, writing for the design genre was an interesting support to DesigningTips.com. In my opinion, everyone has their taste for design, plus the scope of writing is wide and thus the contribution I make here through words would encourage me to explore this section aptly.

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