Many Outdated Bells and Whistles are Web Site Features Not Popular in 2014
The Use of plugins and elements that bring nothing to the table for the real value of your website and that actually downgrade the total experience for the visitor should be avoided. Many things like animated gif, Flash Intros and too much text are just a few things that are NOT encouraged for a 2014 responsive / mobile ready website.
Are there too many icons, pictures? Widgets, sidebars, as well as Search Bars are now being phased out.
Keep your site streamlined and effective for the viewer browsing experience!
Intros and Splash Pages
Unless you are Coca – Cola or a High profile company that people expect to see a production video on entering the site, this is a bad idea! Intro’s annoy people who are not expecting to see one and don’t work on all devises… like apple products to name one… So, the experience is not only downgraded but diminished to the point of leaving your site before ever entering it.
Photo Galleries and Special Photo Players
Many of your Gallery slide shows don’t take into the account the viewing device that will be used… the slide show will either be too fast or not compatible for the viewing experience and this makes it a bad idea to create a SLIDE SHOW. You can produce a gallery page should the viewer desire to review the images but, just not in the fashion of a slideshow or carousel image slider.
When Branding your website the more you lean to official, personal, real life images of your business and the people involved in your business the more effective your site will be. Many costumers desire to interact with a branded business that introduces its product, real people and business practices on the company website not a cookie cutter site with stock images.
Auto Playing Videos and POP UPS
There are many stats showing that the viewer does NOT like auto playing videos when viewing a website as it is serves as a distraction by high-jacking the viewers experience. The viewer should be given the consideration to view the site and its content under their own terms.
POP-UPS are annoying when you are trying to read an article or view content and a popup blocks this experience… THIS IS NOT a VALUE to your viewer!
These sites are designed because a company website redirects its visitor to a mobile site design… Spend the extra time and money to develop a website that is responsive to all devices …YOUR CUSTOMER will thank you as their experience will be 100% improved! NO REDIRECT NEEDED!