NavigationHamburger navigation menus – not intuitive.Dropdown navigational elements that don’t link to the main category and force you to choose a sub-category.Accordion navigation.Mega menus.Using search to build categories instead of filters.DesignOversized images at the top of the page.Infinite scroll.Using font-awesome instead of SVG fonts.Not including the alt text option for image uploads.Lazy redirects (homepage redirects on site redesigns).Session ids in URLs (dynamic single use URLs).When site redesign decisions are made without consulting analytics. Poor decisions made based on opinions or feelings instead of relying on data.Sliders slow down the page because all images from the slider have to load first.Image in the slider will not carry the filename, title, nor an alt-text.Using the H-hierarchy as design elements.Putting the site logo as a H1.Client side delivery even though it’s slower.Assuming that responsive design is automatically the best mobile … [Read more...] about Web Design Practices That Frustrate SEO Pros
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Mobile sites, are well, for the mobile experience: One drawback for some responsive sites are the load times. For example, a site with a ton of content will take a long time to load from a mobile phone because of limited bandwidth. This isn’t ideal for a business where people need important information immediately on the go, like the phone number or directions to a restaurant. A mobile site can cost less: Since you may have to completely overhaul your site to make it responsive, you could simply create a mobile site. This could save you time, money, and a lot of headaches since you don’t have to completely redesign your site. … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Responsive Design Sites For Mobile
Sometimes, the search intent is aligned closely with the prominence on the website, but in many cases, it’s not. For example, coupons are absent from the home page, but you can find expired ones through search. And, more people are looking for Starbucks jobs than are looking for anything around the brand except stores and coupons. Yet, the feature is buried at the bottom of the page. These may have been features that Starbucks chose to suppress for business reasons, as search volume can’t be the only driving factor when considering what goes on a site, but for features like calorie counters and order recommendations, this doesn’t seem likely. … [Read more...] about How Common Are SEO Problems With Responsive Web Design?
CSS can be used in several ways by a web page and still work. Given that there are various ways to use it, there are several different CSS setups. Regardless of how you set up on your web pages, your CSS should be aiding your web pages to render faster and not slowing them down. … [Read more...] about How to scale web design to improve page loading speed
One thing you'll hear me say over and over again in this column is that good usability and design comes before optimization. It can be all too easy to market online through optimization, link building, blogging, and social media ( to name a few) and see that immediate upsurge in traffic, but not see any change in conversions.Today we're taking a look at a stock photography website that is selling the rights to photos of a niche topic.The website (which has asked to remain anonymous) has a great product to sell, and a decent process for doing it. However, the site design and usability could use a little work prior to taking the next step in online marketing. When you are offering a niche product in a common area, IE stock photography, it's helpful to take some cues from other successful industry websites. After all, no good ideas are truly original. As long as you don't violate copyright, there's no harm in rooting around and making use of what works.Elements of DesignOne of the main … [Read more...] about Site Clinic: No Good Web Design Idea is Original, So Use It!