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The 5 Most Annoying Web Design Features!

Though playing around with web design features is fun, it’s easy to go overboard with all the bells and whistles. Resist the urge to include design elements simply because you can or because other websites are using them. It’s more important to design a site that is effective and easy for your users to navigate. Avoid including these five annoying features.

1. Obnoxious Pop-Ups

Your site needs a place for users to enter their email addresses and join your newsletters. However, don’t annoy your users with obnoxious pop-up email boxes when they’re in the middle of reading an article. It’s even more annoying when pop-up advertisements interrupt your users, especially when the ads are unrelated to the article your users are reading. There are ways to design email sign-up forms and place advertisements that are unobtrusive and effective. Be respectful of your users and resist overly aggressive pop-ups.

2. Autoplay Videos

Another strategic design feature is the autoplay option for videos and audio. Autoplay forces your users to listen to an advertisement or message upon loading the page. It also forces your users to interact with your website if they want to silence the element or turn it off.

Think of your users who view your website while at work, in the library, on the bus, or in the middle of the night when they can’t sleep. It’s embarrassing for users to have their phones and tablets blast advertisements without their consent. Find another way to entice your readers to view your videos without forcing them into a potentially uncomfortable situation.

3. Flashing Advertisements

If advertisements are part of your monetization strategy, avoid using unattractive flashing ads that distract users from what they seek. Bright colors and attention-getting graphics can certainly be in your design scheme, but you can grab your users’ attention without repeated flashing. If you want to encourage users to click on ads or purchase what you’re offering, create graphics that align with your brand and the rest of your website. Focus more on appeal and consistency than shock factor.

4. Overly Busy Layouts

Simplicity is always valued when it comes to websites. Again, you can include ads, email opt-ins, and interactive features on your site, but assemble the elements in a fluid manner that makes navigation a breeze. To avoid busy layouts and common design pitfalls, consult a professional website builder for guidance. The pros can help you design a site that’s simple, attractive, and effective without being overbearing.

5. Missing About or Company Info Page

Your readers want to know who you are, especially if you’re an independent blogger. Include an attractive and informative About page on your site to build trust, offer transparency, and increase credibility. You don’t have to write a novel, but give your readers a little snippet of your experience and what makes you qualified and unique.

Don’t Annoy Your Users

If you want to build a solid following and attract reoccurring users, avoid annoying design features. Resist the urge to load up your site with every pop-up and sparkly element on the market and stick to a streamlined design that provides easy navigation and a stress-free experience.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 24 comments
Kartik - April 13, 2017

Hi Enstine,
Really useful information. Website designs should be user friendly as it will help the site gain re visitors. People should stop adding useless link and ads all over the page and stick to the goal their site or blog is made for.
Thank you for the post.

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McKenzie - March 14, 2017

Great advice! I’ve had so many embarrassing and unwanted moments with autoplay videos being extremely loud in public. I don’t like them one bit. Thank you for sharing this information!

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Ravi Sah - March 10, 2017

I was using the Flashing Advertisements but i think i should remove it, nice post. Thanks for Sharing 🙂

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Tauseef Alam - February 19, 2017

Hi Enstine,

Indeed true, all of these design features are really annoying. Specially the auto play video feature. I mostly close the window as soon I visit a page that has an auto play video.

Obnoxious Pop-Ups are another thing that I don’t like on a page.

Regards
Tauseef
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Hussain Omar - February 8, 2017

Hey Enstine!

Another great post here!

Indeed, these ones could be annoying if they are not used properly.

Some bloggers think of their monetization techniques and sales funnels more than their user experience.

The impression you give your users and the gained trust, could bring you more income in the long run.

Thanks for sharing!

Regards
Hussain

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Anand - February 7, 2017

Hello Enstine. You definitely have to make your website as user-friendly as you can. Good points about the autoplay video and flashing ads. Popups don’t work anyway because browsers block them now. Best thing, I guess, is to find a template that you like and keep it simple. Anyway, nice to see web design tips intended to help users, rather than just making a site look good.
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Arnab - January 27, 2017

I always think about writing a killer “About Me” page, but I was clueles, and still. Lets give the article from inc.com a try.

And thanks Enstine, great article, as always.
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Bob - January 26, 2017

Hi Emenike Emmanuel,
3rd time reading your post! Really so much helpful for me. yes i am agree with you that if someone earns money from ads, they need avoid using unattractive flashing ads.

In your post, you mentioned some helpful reference links. Those links are useful for us.

Thanks a lot for this informative & helpful post.

Sharing your post with my friends. 🙂

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Hadharm Hiidee - January 26, 2017

Hi Enstine, though I had a popup newsletter box to be shown to readers after scrolling the page up to 50% but I can see you pointed it out as being annoying. So what other locations could make the newsletter widget works well???
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Vicky Thakur - January 24, 2017

Thanks Enstine Muki for the article. The points are very much valid starting with discipline. What I would have liked to see was a short summary of all points. I ended up creating a one slide ppt capturing all the points.
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Mi Muba - January 12, 2017

Hi Enstine

These all things are just like monkey on someone’s back who is trying to talk on a subject with his full concentration.

In addition to these points I also observe many bloggers behave with their first time visitor as if he would die after it and try to offer whatever they have and as a result he instead of staying run away from there.

Many thanks for sharing these very important points to avoid irritating blog visitors.

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Ronald Segura - January 11, 2017

Hi Enstine,

I can definitely agree with you on most of the points you mentioned here, however some of these are also great strategies to increase conversion rate and get more traffic. My personal opinion it’s to always make sure that you have very high quality content for your readers and they will always come back to your site and not feel annoyed instead.

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Ryan Biddulph - January 9, 2017

Hi Enstine,

All can definitely feel agitating 😉

Fear creeps into some blogger’s minds and takes over their decision-making process, when it comes to design. They believe in scarcity, fear they will run out of readers, or that readers won’t return, and do silly things that does in fact ensure readers will not return. Like a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Focus on blogging for fun, for the love of blogging, and as the fear-based design drivers dissolve you will create a clear, clean design, and grow your traffic and profits more quickly.

Thanks for sharing.

Ryan
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Abhilash PS - January 6, 2017

Hi,

Some websites designed to annoy visitors.

PoP UP subscription box is also an annoying feature, Video autoplay feature will slow down the loading or consume more data.

Thank You for posting!!

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Emenike Emmanuel - January 4, 2017

Hi Enstine,

Long time Muki. It’s been a long while we saw you live on your blog.

Blogs that use these designs can be so annoying. I pity bloggers that use these designs. Surely they will be losing tons of traffic.
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hafiz junaid - January 4, 2017

hi enstine ,
Great post indeed!
i happy when read your post because many problem related web design removed me.
Well for my blog, I think I am not doing any of these mistakes.
thanks sharing for this important post.
Regad:
Hafiz Junaid
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Shamsudeen Adeshokan - January 3, 2017

Hi Enstine,

Pop-up of any kind (so far is an opt-in form) has been a subject of debates in recent times.

Many marketers have reported amazing opt-in rate using pop-up on their site. Though, we keep reading is not good for user exerience.

I think is best to test what works for you and your type of blog before going with the crowd.

Thank for sharing.
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Sathish Arumugam - January 3, 2017

Good information to be shared, surely flash, and pop-ups will slow down our blogs. I don’t like it, and it will mostly use in spam website, this annoying features will irritate me a lot. Though there are many plugins and subscription box to eliminate that but still on some internet site, it is showing.

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pavan - January 3, 2017

Hello enstine,
You are totally right,i agree with you…
Obnoxious Pop-Ups and flashing Ads slow down blogs..
I dont want to see on my blogs,THANK YOU
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Raj Gopal - January 1, 2017

I agree with you, specially when it comes to flashy and popup advertisements. I personally dont like them on my website and I dont even want to see them on other blogs.
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Francis Quarshie - December 30, 2016

Hey Enstine,

I thank God I don’t have any of these annoying features slowing down my blog.

It means I have passed after using this post to assess myself.

I’ve always tried hard to make my blog as simple and easy to navigate as possible.

Still on it to see if I can do better.

Insightful post, bro. And welcome back from Swisscoin.
Missed you.

Francis
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Adeel Sami - December 30, 2016

Hey, Enstine!

Long time! How are you doing? 🙂

Well for my blog, I think I am not doing any of these mistakes.

I meant I had the pop-up subscription box which I recently removed.

I understand that these blunders are the turn-off signs to grab the good attention on the content.

We are here to present our content to reach maximum eyeballs and pop-ups, advertisements, etc. will not play good.

So, thank you for putting this up for us! 🙂

See me often!

~ Adeel
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    Emenike Emmanuel - January 4, 2017

    Hi Adeel,

    Yes. I have visit your blog regularly. You have good design. Keep it up.

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      Adeel Sami - January 18, 2017

      Hello, Emenike!

      I thank you for admiring my little place; thank you! 🙂

      ~ Adeel

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