Building your own website? Keep clear of these 3 common DIY website design mistakes

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If you DIYed your website, go back and check these common pitfalls. They’re easy mistakes to make but it’s important to rectify them.


MISTAKE NO. 1 - URLS SLUGS


Clean URL slugs ensure that your pages are easy to find & easy to click. It’s common when designing a diy website to duplicate a page and continue the design from that framework.


⤷ This leaves you with “www.website.com/about-1” or similar.


HOW TO FIX IT


All web platforms will let you edit your pages’ url. Go through each of your pages and make sure that your url slug is clean, simple, readable and represents the content of the page.


MISTAKE NO. 2 - NEGLECTED MOBILE DESIGN


We don’t have to tell you that most of your audience accesses your site via a mobile device. Do you like what they see? Because most websites are designed on a large screen, mobile design becomes almost an afterthought.

⤷ This can make the mobile experience a dreadful one for your visitors.


HOW TO FIX IT


Access your site from different mobile screens (Iphones & androids) and note down at which point the experience isn’t as smooth as you'd like. We find that most of the time text sizing, image placement or clickable items that are falling off the screen to be the main issues.


MISTAKE NO. 3 - POOR NAVIGATION AND LACK OF CTAS


Website navigation and single focused call to action buttons are extremely important to move your visitors from leads to ➝ action takers. There should be a content hierarchy website wide, page wide and finally, section wide.


⤷ With poor navigation and no cta’s, you leave your audience confused as to what the next step in the process is.


HOW TO FIX IT


Think about how your audience moves through the information you lay out and the buying stage they are at when navigating each page. Use a predefined content hierarchy to order information where the most important information receives the most emphasis, and the least important receives the least emphasis.


Fixing these mistakes will ensure your diy website matches up with the professional countertypes. If you’re looking to be inspired, check out our template here


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