04 Aug Top Twenty-Two Website Do’s and Don’ts – Part 1
These are the best and worst practices for your website so that you can exclude less internet users and maximize your website’s usability.
Do’s For Your Website
1. Regularly update your web pages with fresh content
Visitors like fresh content on web pages–it keeps them coming back. Update your pages frequently with content that is relative to your audience.
Search engines seem to like pages that validate. There are software programs and other web tools that you can use to make sure your pages validate, take advantage of them. Read about the benefits of website validation.
3. Use ALT tags with your images
Occasionally the images on your page may not load, so it’s always a good idea to specify ALT text for your images. Plus, search engines look at the ALT text when they crawl your web pages and you want to be friendly to them.
4. Use META tags: description and keywords
The META tags are often overlooked or not included on web pages but they are very important for search engines and indexing.
5. Use specific web page Titles
When I first started building websites, I included the name of my website in the title of every web page. This technique is not as effective as uniquely titling each page with a name that is relative to the content on the web page.
6. Use an intuitive and simple navigation
Make sure the navigation that you design is intuitive, appears on every web page, is accessible by every browser and is relatively simple in nature. This should be common sense but bears repeating anyways.
7. Use correct spelling and grammar
When visitors come to your website looking for information or products, they are going to evaluate your website’s reputability on how well you use spelling and grammar.
8. Use a consistent look and feel on your website
How would you like it if every time you drove down the highway the road names changed, the exit signs moved, and the exit numbers were different? That would make driving around and telling others how to get to your house very difficult. When it comes to your website, you want it to be consistent through each page and section.
9. Keep your links current and accurate
How many times have you gone to a website and clicked on a link that didn’t work? Enough said.
10. Ensure you web pages load quickly
According to an article on websiteoptimization.com, narrowband users (56K or less) still make up approximately 30% of active internet users in the United States. That is a significant market share you’ll be cutting off from your website if you don’t ensure that your web pages load quickly.
11. Use plain or simple backgrounds for easy reading and accurate printing
Most browsers don’t print out backgrounds by default which means that if you use a dark background and a light colored text then your web pages may not print out correctly. Using plain or simple backgrounds also provides easier reading for visitors.