5 Common Coding Mistakes in Websites

5 Common Coding Mistakes in Websites

Small visual issues can add up to a general perception that your business does not care or does not know how to make quality products. A fair minded person might recognize that you can be really good at your craft and just not very good with computers, but most people are going to subconsciously judge your product or service based on the quality of your site.

1. Content moves when ads load

Alright, I am reading your blog. “Today I went to the *screen suddenly jerks as ad loads in* and their lasagna tasted *does it again* he ran to the restroom….” Yeah, what a great blog post I read today.

2. Website not responsive

Have you ever visited a website on your phone and everything was tiny and you had to zoom in to see anything? If your site is responsive it will detect the size of the screen it is displayed on, and resize itself appropriately.

3. Broken clicked or hover state (including click target)

4. Formatting (css) fails to load

Formatting (css) fails to load

This is just confusing and ugly… and whatever you do, you do not want a confusing and ugly website. You need to write your CSS in a way where it will always work, and if it breaks anyway, you need to fix it. Remember to test your website often to make sure it is still working correctly.

5. No way to get home

You want to have a way to get home other than changing the URL. If you don’t, your users will get stuck on the page they are on, and whatever they link too. The homepage is the cross roads where you can get anywhere… if they can’t get back to the homepage, they lose the opportunity to get to many of your pages easily. If you don’t believe this actually happens, here is an example