6 Common website mistakes and how to fix them

Sep 13, 2023

I’ve seen my fair share of websites that don’t pull their weight for business owners in my time, and I’m here to spill the beans on some of the most common website mistakes I’ve seen in my design adventures. Plus, I’ll throw in some expert tips on how to fix them. So, I’m laying these out so you don’t make those same mistakes…

Mistake #1: Lack of clarity on your offer

Ever visited a website and felt like you needed a treasure map just to figure out what they’re actually offering? Clarity in what you offer is the compass your users need to navigate your site successfully. How can people get interested in what you offer if you don’t actually tell them?

How to Fix It: Start with a clear and compelling headline on your homepage. Tell visitors exactly what you do and how it benefits them. Use concise, benefit-oriented language, and avoid industry jargon. Think of it as your website’s elevator pitch – quick and convincing.

Mistake #2: An Endless Sea of Text

We’ve all been there – clicking on a website only to be greeted by an endless sea of text. It’s like diving into a novel when you were expecting a quick blog post.

How to Fix It: Embrace the power of brevity. Break up your content into bite-sized chunks with descriptive headings. Use bullet points or numbered lists for easy scanning. Incorporate visuals like images, videos, and infographics to complement your text. Less is often more when it comes to website copy.

Mistake #3: The Mobile Nightmare

Picture this: You’re on your phone, trying to access a website, and you have to pinch, zoom, and swipe just to see the content, or you can tell it’s not mobile optimised because some of the text of images disappear off the side of the screen. Frustrating, right? And you’ll no doubt feel like leaving a site like this without taking action.

How to Fix It: Optimize for mobile! Ensure your website is responsive, meaning it adapts gracefully to various screen sizes. Test your site on different devices to guarantee it’s a smooth and enjoyable experience for mobile users. Mobile-friendliness isn’t optional in today’s digital landscape; it’s a must.

Studio Lago Design Malarkey Cakes Website mock up

Mistake #4: The Forgotten Call-to-Action (CTA)

Your website visitors are like tourists looking for direction. If you don’t give them a signpost, they might get lost or distracted and wander off. 

How to Fix It: Incorporate clear and compelling CTAs based on your goals throughout your website. Whether it’s “Get Started,” “Learn More,” or “Subscribe Now,” your CTAs should guide visitors toward taking action. Make them visually stand out with contrasting colors or bold buttons. Each page should have a specific, goal-oriented CTA.

Mistake #5:Unruly Navigation

Complex navigation menus can turn your website into a maze that users would rather escape than explore.

How to Fix It: Simplify your navigation. Use clear and concise menu labels that describe the page’s content accurately. Organize your menu logically, following a hierarchical structure. Consider a search bar to give users another way to find what they’re looking for. The goal is to make navigation effortless.

Mistake #6: Ignoring SEO Signals

You can have the most stunning website, but if it doesn’t show up in search engine results, it’s like a hidden treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean.

How to Fix It: Dive into the world of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Start by researching relevant keywords related to your business or content. Integrate these keywords naturally into your copy, headings, and meta tags. Optimize your images with descriptive alt text, and create a sitemap for search engines to crawl your site easily. Consider starting a blog to regularly add fresh, SEO-rich content.

Remember, your website is often the first impression potential customers have of your business so make it count! I’m on a mission to help creative service providers to create websites that not only look great but also offer a fantastic user experience. Get in touch if you’d like me to give you a guiding hand sprucing up your online space.

About the writer…

I’m Katie and I’m besotted with taking adventurous female creatives, coaches and educators on a journey of discovery of their business from the foundations up, to give them a crystal clear brand vision and a new found confidence to make an impact.

I know what it’s like to start a business and then find yourself on the road to burnout because actually, you’ve taken so many wrong turns and lost sight of the reasons why you started on your journey in the first place.

I hope these design notes inspire you to create the brand of your dreams. 

Katie x

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