|I spend a lot of time on the internet. The person reading this can probably say the same thing. In my internet travels, I've come across a lot of junk that makes my life difficult. So I've compiled a list of things not to do when designing a website.
- Don't make things scroll. That was cool when it first came out, but it's not cool anymore. This includes stuff like news tickers and marquees that scroll across your screen.
- Don't make things blink. Not only is this annoying, it's not compliant with HTML standards, meaning it works in some browsers but not in others. Note to users: you can stop things that blink by pressing the "Stop" button or escape.
- Don't use Flash. Flash is a great tool. I have no idea what it's capable of, but it seems to be a pretty cool thing. Just don't clutter up your website with stupid annoying Flash animations that take forever to load. The best way to drive users away from your website is to make it take long to load.
- Don't use ads. I know this is a big thing for some people, but I think you'll find that the most useful websites in the world are ad-free. I think even Google used to be ad-free. If you have to use ads to support your site, use Google AdSense or something like that. A few little text-based non-obtrusive ads are much better than a bunch of big banners that take up time and space.
- Don't use popups. This is an obvious one. The great thing about this is that it's an almost non-existent problem these days with all the popup blockers out there.
- Don't use animated gifs. They attract unnecessary attention.
- Don't change the status bar. It always causes problems.
- Don't use embedded videos or sounds. They're just stupid. Nobody likes to hear some stupid little MIDI song when they visit your site.