6 Little Things That Can Make or Break Your Website

 / May 15, 2017

Have you ever heard the saying: “The devil is in the details”?

I bet you did. When it comes to building a website, this quote still remains true. It can take weeks to finish, cost a fortune, and there are still at least half a dozen considerations that we didn’t fully think through before work gets started. And then, at the end of the day, it’s those smallest things that make or break our website.

Things That Can Make Or Break Your Website

The 6 Little Things That Can Make or Break Your Website

Even though every designer might have different plans, there are items that they should (and shouldn’t) be doing during their website design process.

So today I want to go over 6 things you need to keep an eye on if you don’t want to send your visitors to your competitors’ sites. Be vigilant!

1. Make proper use of white space

Just because there is white space doesn’t mean you have to cram a bunch of shit in there

Things That Can Make Or Break Your Website

Do you like being yelled at? No one does! That’s actually a “stuff all you can” website does to visitors! You don’t want to clutter up your website to the point that scares everyone away, do you? Visitors will be very overwhelmed if you cover every inch of your site with haphazard content. So, please leave your site some space to breathe!

Also, 2017 is about minimalism and simplicity. It’s a must to incorporate white space into your website for a cleaner look overall and helping visitors to recognize what the most important information you want them to know is.

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2. Bad photos can kill your website

A picture is worth a thousand words. They can help you attract visitors, grab their interest and keep them stay on your website.

Things That Can Make Or Break Your Website

Then, imagine if the first thing potential visitors see when they reach your site is unprofessional photos, they’re probably going to click the back button without regret. Okay, you might be an expert in your field, but if your photography doesn’t reflect that, no one will stick around long enough to find out.

Don’t spend thousands of dollars on a website design and then ruin it with photos that don’t match your brand or poor-quality photos.

3. Do not complicate your website’s navigation

Imagine what will happen if you walk for hours in the forest without a compass or a map? It feels daunting, doesn’t it? The same can be said for a website with confusing navigation.

Recommended reading: All You Need to Know about Web Navigation Examples

I do not know about you, but nothing drives me nuts more than accessing a website where I cannot know what to expect by clicking a link, or how to easily find what I am looking for.

Things That Can Make Or Break Your Website

So please do your visitors a favor. Make your website’s navigation prominent and legible for them to easily understand from the first moment they arrive at your website.

At a glance, visitors should know they are at the right place and how to get to where they want to be. For instance, the main menu should be designed to contrast against everything else so that your visitor’s eyes can be easily drawn to it.

Remember, people want convenience, not a challenge. The easier it is for people to use and navigate throughout your site, the longer they are likely to interact with it.

4. Your website isn’t mobile-optimized

As I mentioned very bluntly in every blog post before, it’s a must for any kind of business to have a website that is responsive.

How about you try this (you’d be surprised how many business owners have never done this) – browse your own site on your smartphone or tablet. Then, what do you see? Do you have to do the “pinch and swipe” to get around your website or to read the content? If that’s the case, Do you feel frustrated? That’s exactly why your visitors “eww”!

Recommended reading: 5 Best Benefits of Responsive Web Design for Your Business

5. It takes forever for your site to load

According to Hosting Facts, “A single second delay in your website loading time can result in a 7% loss in conversion, and 40% of web users will abandon a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load”.

Things That Can Make Or Break Your Website

Nobody likes waiting for so long!

There are tons of other options available out there, why would they waste their time waiting for your page to load? Is your content really worth waiting for? If they really need to visit your website then they might be a little patient, but if they’re just curious or have clicked a link on impulse then they’re more likely to leave right away.

6. Your website lacks personal interaction

People always want to be heard, seen, or listened to. There is no doubt that if you design a website that does not include some elements or moments that users need to interact with, they won’t spend much time per their visit.

Hence, make sure your site seems more like a communication where visitors can interact than a simple portal to find information. It will be an excellent way to engage with your visitors and keep them longer in your website and gather data.

Final Words

After all, if you lack the attention to detail to take care of your own website, perspectives will feel that you are not really serious about your business. How can they purchase your products or services?
Putting up a shoddy website is the easiest way to scare your visitors away. Who wants to do that with their business? No one!
By addressing these elements above, I hope that you can find out your own issues and improve your website’s performance.

While your website essentially represents your business’s face, why don’t you take the time to make it shine? Want help getting your website to sparkle? Talk to our team to see just what we can do for you!

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