Here are the worst web design trends of 2014
Now that 2014 is coming to a close, there are some web designs trends that should be left behind. With the internet developing rapidly, some of these trends won’t suffice in modern web design and can hurt the visitor’s experience. Take a look at our collection of trends we have come across this year.
Bad stock photos
Today people live in a visual age and according to MDG Advertising, 67% of consumers consider clear, detailed images to carry more weight than product information or customer ratings. With that being said, a bad stock photo can actually give your page an undesired effect and make the rest of your page lose credibility.
Flash should definitely be a dead thing of the past, but you would be surprised how many companies still use it on their websites. Flash is incompatible with most mobile devices and according to The Pew Research Center, 34% of internet users go online mostly using their phones. If they have to come across a “click here to get flash” button, they will venture to another site without flash.
Pop-Up Ads formerly known as Model Window promos are pop-up ads that force you to close the window before you can interact with the actual page. Although we understand the objective, it would be more acceptable if they showed up at the bottom of the page allowing visitors to still interact or if it was a choice to visitors upon visiting. When used in a more visitor friendly way, pop-up ads have been proven to increase revenue.
Hide and seek navigation
This can be a tricky thing for developers because it is so essential. In efforts to uphold the design of your website hiding your navigation behind dropdown menus could be a choice that affects you in a negative way. Visitors will just leave if they cannot find exactly what they are looking for quickly.
With internet speeds increasing immensely, no one wants to wait for a slow website. In fact, as soon as a visitor sees a loading screen, you can pretty much bet they will move onto a faster website within seconds.
According to data by Chartbeat, 55% of visitors spend fewer than 15 seconds on your website. Chartbeat looked at deep user behavior across 2 billion visits across the web over the course of a month.