OK, we all know there are plenty of things about the web that just aggravate, irritate and annoy us on a daily basis. And we’re not just talking about spam, phishing, viruses and malware. Nor are we grumbling about garish color palettes or bad design choices – although we have touched on some of those already in a previous blog article on business website mistakes.
No, today we want to touch on 3 things that we continue to see on business websites, that are easily fixed. These are things that shouldn’t have been a part of the websites from the beginning. We certainly don’t do things like this with websites we design, nor should you.
(1) Badly implemented online forms
We’ve all seen them… forms with fields that aren’t marked “required” or “optional”. Drop-down menus that, when you attempt to scroll using your mouse wheel, the drop-down menu just closes. Or forms that, when submitted, and a field is missing, you are presented with a failure / error message of some kind, and then joy of joys… your form is no BLANK, and you get to start all over. Ugh!
(2) Immediate “sign up” prompts
Maybe you get an email with a link, or you see a news story you want to read posted on another website. So you click, you arrive at the news site, and begin to read the article, when BOOM, up pops a full screen plea to sign up for email updates, or create a membership account! Wait… I’ve never been here before, I haven’t even read a full sentence yet, have no idea if your article is even worth reading, but you want me to create an account and pay for you content?! At that point you look for and if you’re lucky, find the tiny little X to close the window. And if you’re anything like us, you’re done, and leave the site in disgust.
(3) Unwanted audio
Similar to the above example, let’s say you visit a website to read an article. You’re a couple sentences in, and all of a sudden there’s sound screaming from your speakers. “Buy this fantastic widget!”, or “You must watch this video of people doing stupid and/or amazing things on camera”. And many times you can’t even mute them And you know you don’t want to actually click them, because who knows where that will take you, or what kind of malware your computer will be infected with when you do. Just like above, that’s it for us… close that window or tab, and move on.
We have plenty of other examples of this kind, but we’ll save them for another article. After all, we don’t want to be accused of writing blog articles that are too long and aggravating our followers!
Thanks for reading!