23. May 2018.

Most common misconceptions about web design

Most common misconceptions about web design

Here we give you an insight into 3 of the main misconceptions found out there and why you should get rid of them.

All content should be accessible via three clicks

It is a misconception that the fewer clicks a user needs to perform, the better. This dates from the time web was fairly new and there were few guidelines for web design. What matters to the user is how easy it is to navigate, as well as the small feedback that gives you the sense that you are on the right track. If the user feels that each click leads them closer to the goal, the number does not matter that much. The quality of the clicks counts much more than the quantity.

People do not scroll

In the past, it was not as common to use the scroll function when visiting web pages. Today, on the other hand, this has become a natural part of how we navigate online. In many cases placing content underneath the web page may be more beneficial than breaking up on several separate pages. But what about the rule that you have to push all important information above the fold? This is also a myth. Although it still seems that the content that is over the fold is read the most, it is not that anything that is not immediately visible is overlooked. What is important, however, is to ensure that people actually scroll down. And you can achieve that by making the first impression of the page interesting. By providing content that is useful and inviting, the visitor gets hungry and the likelihood that they will continue to scroll.

White space is a waste of space

White space means that there is an empty space between and around elements on the page. White space is no longer regarded as wasted use of space, but equally important as the content itself. Proper use of white space can increase readability and create a visual hierarchy that makes it easier for the user to find. By emphasizing and isolating the most important parts of the page you will ensure that your attention is drawn just right there. On the other hand, if you're faced with a wall of content where nothing goes out, it's hard to know where to start. Balance is the key.

White space is also a useful technique for grouping items on a page. If items are located close to each other, the user perceives that they have a relationship. For example, this is important in form design. Here's the use of white space valuable to clarify which command texts belong to which fields. To make a long form more user-friendly, you can also group related fields using white space and associated headings.

There are many misconceptions in the world of web design, and you may have already rid of many of them. But it's only when we understand why misconceptions are just that, that is when we are able to create a really great user experience.

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