Like fashion, trends and designs for websites change every year. Some are able to survive the change of the season and they remain to be the “classics” while others must go and end their reigns. Every new season is a chance for us to reevaluate what we have in our Lakeland web design and whether it is still working for the outcome we want to achieve.
Although it is tempting to follow trends and design websites according to what’s the latest in the industry, this does not always bode well for the end goal, which is to develop a website that could sell products and services almost instantaneously. What we should all remember is to use web design trends like we do fashion—use it in moderation. Anything that’s too much is, well, too much.
Hamburger menus or drop-down navigation should be eliminated from the list of designs we follow. It first appeared for mobile websites because it is a way to simplify the navigational aspect of browsing a website. With the hamburger menu, webpages look cleaner and easier to understand. There’s one catch, though. Tucking all menu items under a drop-down “drawer” will lessen the productivity of the site. You can never assume that people automatically know what they are looking for in your website. If something is not visible for them from the start, they may not browse through your website enough to find what you’re offering.
The term parallax scrolling is used to describe a website effect where the background and the foreground scroll at different speed. This creates an illusion of depth. The background will also have different animations, graphics, images, and videos, depending on the topic on that particular part of the page. This one-page web design has been popular for a lot of years now, but it’s time to stop. The problem mainly with this is the use of SEOs. Search engines will have a hard time identifying what part of the page a keyword was mentioned if every content of your webpage is in one page only.
Although we understand the need for it because it speeds up the loading time of the website and it also requires less power for webpages to load, it does annoy a lot of users and visitors. When browsing through a one-page design, you will always land on top of the page even when you have already clicked on a different topic. This frustrates users and can affect your website’s traffic rate.