Here are the top 4 common mistakes many Nigerians make when building a website. Whether a blog or business site, this mistakes apply to many.
The fact is anyone in Nigeria can now build a professional website. Website builders like Wix, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Blogger and others have made it all easy, even though you have no professional experience with web designing or coding, you can still easily sign up with these platforms and create your professional website.
All this said if you are building a website for the first time, you would still need to consider a few guidelines that you are sure not to be aware of, so we would be discussing the 4 common mistakes people make so you can avoid them when building your own website.
Here we go….enjoy this list.
List of the top 4 common mistakes people make when building a website
- No Navigation: This is a common mistake in when building and it occurs when visitors visit your website and are not sure of where or how to find the information they need and find it tough to discover your previous contents. When links are hard to find, buttons are not visible or are placed in the wrong spot making them inaccessible to the visitor then you would be experiencing a lower bounce rate on your website as visitors won’t be able to play around your webpage and would be largely restricted to the landing page. When designing your webpage from scratch there needs to be a logic, and a lot of common sense in how you organize your website navigation. As a web owner you would want your users to be able to find what they need on your page in as few clicks as possible and won’t want to stress them when they are seeking or information. The best thing to do is to keep your header, footer and navigation bar consistent on each page and also have a search bar somewhere on the page so as to assist them, you would also need to make all your pages and post easily accessible to your site visitors.
- A disorganized homepage: When building a website you should pay more attention to the design and layout of your homepage as thid is usually the first thing your visitors see on your website. You have to use this opportunity to create a good impression of your website to your visitors and guarantee they would continue to browse it. If your are running an online business and your homepage is looking packed and flashy, your visitors who are potential customers might feel tempted to just walk away.You can actually offer a lot of great content on your website but display them in a simple and organized way. It is also advised that you don’t use too much text on your homepage, and if you want to use multiple images, going for a sliding gallery would also be more preferable.
- Outdated contents: Everyone loves to be updated frequently even bots. So don’t give the impression that you just launched a site and left it there. You have to show the world that you are active. If your site is meant for business people won’t bother to get in touch with you if your site seems abandoned and if its a blog or news page it sure does need regular updating. Doing this also affects how you website ranks in search engines. The more recent your contents are, the more often is gets indexed by Google and other search engines so the best thing to do is, keep updating.
- Launching without testing: It is true that most website builders like Wix gives you the power to build your website on your own without the help of a professional, but you still need to crosschecked yourself for broken links, spelling mistakes, alignment issues and other things that you might have over looked. You would need to go over the entire website by yourself, and it is good to also get another pair of eyes to browse through it and give you their thoughts before launching your webpage.