No matter what you’re dealing with, there will always be myths. Where these myths originated from all vary, but as time goes on, more myths seem to emerge. In web design, the list of myths is vast and continuously growing because non-designers take advantage of free design tools to create their own sites. The problem with this is, without the proper training in web design, the chances of you making good design choices is slim to none. We are busting the top web design myths, right here, right now.
1) Websites Look The Same Everywhere
Different browsers display websites different because of how they each read the coding on the website. More modern browsers can read modern age code like HTML5 or CSS3, but if a browser isn’t up to date, neither is the ability to read the code resulting in a different web page display. In an age where we can view websites from a variety of devices – desktop, tablet, and phones – it’s become crucial for developers to create sites that can be viewed on all of these devices. Long story short, websites do not look the same on all devices.
2) My Business Is Local, So I Don’t Need A Website
This is an ancient, but surprisingly common misconception. Pretty much everyone turns to the internet to find information about a specific company. If you’re a restaurant or deli, a potential customer may want to take a look at your menu beforehand or get directions to your establishment. A website represents the company personality and without it, it’s hard to decipher the vibe of your business. Having a website for a company has become the norm in today’s society and is essentially expected at this point in the game. Not having one will create negative assumptions about the business, local or not.
3) Looks Are Everything
This myth is fairly understandable – we are naturally attracted to what looks nice. Although this may be true, a user will not stay on your website very long if it isn’t usable. So having the flashy, attractive, fancy website is great and all, but if it isn’t easy to use or navigate, all of the fancy effects become futile.
4) 3-Second Rule
The 3 second rule is a myth that is still followed (to an extent) today. The reason why it’s a myth is because it is taken too literal. There’s no reason to fear that a potential customer or client will leave your website if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds, it’s a mere expression to stress that a site cannot take a long time to load. 3 seconds or 5 seconds or 8 seconds – they don’t make a difference to the user as long as it doesn’t take 5 or 10 minutes to load a page.
5) Web Design Is Subjective
People often see web design as an art, which is subjective. However, design is a technical skill that requires a great deal of knowledge and research where as fine art is based on emotion. Web design has progressed to become a process that includes problem solving and research alike. Today, real web designers do more than make a website look nice and functional; they do a lot of research so they can develop the site to fit the target audience. Most successful sites are user driven, and it’s essential for the designer to know the target market just as much as someone on the marketing team.
There are still a great deal of myths out there relating to web design, but these are what we deemed to be the top and most misconceived web design practices.
Do you know any web design myths?
Source: MSM DesignZ, Inc. is a Westchester based NY web design firm specializing in social media, mobile apps, SEO, web and graphic design and much more.