05 Aug Three Common (But Wrong) Florida Web Design Myths
Florida web design is hugely important to the success of a business online, but that doesn’t mean everyone does it well.
In fact, there are many business owners (and designers) who have sub-par websites because they have fallen victim to common myths about web design.
These myths come from different places and people and have taken on a life of their own, to some extent. The most important thing to know is that while there isn’t a golden, perfect way to do it right, there are plenty of things you can do wrong to mess up a website for a business.
Here are three common, but incorrect, myths and misconceptions about Florida web design.
Don’t Put Content Below the Fold
Years ago – circa the turn of the century – it was common knowledge that you didn’t put content below the fold. The fold is that invisible line that separates your page into two parts: that which you can see without scrolling down (the top) and everything else.
It makes sense; going “below the fold” means users have to scroll down to see the content. So, why do we want people to scroll?
That line of thinking no longer applies. For starters, people expect more content – not less – and chew through content voraciously.
Also, today is a mobile world, and people are used to scrolling on their phones and tablets to getting more info.
You should design a user experience that offers content that is relevant, engaging, and informative. Make sure there is ample content, and don’t worry about going “below the fold”. It’s okay.
Responsive Design Doesn’t Matter
Some business owners think they don’t need to pay extra for a responsive website because, in their eyes, most people still use desktops and laptops to browse the Internet.
This ignores the fact that people have different-sized monitors. But more importantly, it ignores the role that mobile plays in how people view sites. Odds are, people will use their phones or tablets to check out your site long before they use their computers – and that means you could create a bad impression.
Responsive design does matter.
Looks Trump All
We all want websites that look great, but looks aren’t everything (just like in relationships).
Some business owners focus so much on the attractiveness and flashiness of their website that they load it down with features that a.) slow the site’s load time (which is bad) and b.) degrade the user experience by making things hard to read, hard to navigate, and hard to follow.
It’s far better to focus on a positive user experience that includes easy navigation and clear, uncompromised content than it does a website that look great but is a terror to use.
Have you noticed any other Florida web design myths?