Web design elements, like most things in life, come and go. One day you’ll see something new and fresh, the next day, it gets replaced with a fresher and more innovative version.
Despite that, one thing is for sure, web designers and developers strive to make any website experience the best for every user.
Today, we will be listing down the 5 web design elements that we will be leaving in 2021 so we can start 2022 fresh!
Pop-ups are annoying walls.
Pop-ups are web design elements often used as lead generators; welcome gates for valuable content if you will. But the fact is they are annoying. As users, we dislike pop-ups. It’s just a wall blocking our way to the information we need. And if your content is not that beneficial or good enough to the visitor, they will leave your website, increasing your bounce rate.
Here are some web design elements you can use instead: Hello Bar, Lead Magnets, Slide-ins
Cheesy Stock photos can go.
Nowadays, users are very intuitive when it comes to design. They are aware of what’s professional and tacky. So, be careful in selecting stock photos for your website. Make sure that they look professionally done and on-brand (photography style, colors, models, etc.), or else they will look foreign to the rest of your web design and your brand message. We suggest investing in premium photography from services like Adobe Stock Photos or why not try illustrations instead!
Too chill for complex navigation.
Giving website visitors or users straightforward direction is essential when making content for your website. It would be best to show them what’s on your website and where they should go. This won’t be possible if you have too many options or confusing navigation. Make it simple and easy. That’s what your target audience needs.
Widget, widgets everywhere!
Widgets are web design elements suitable for entertaining your visitors and making a simple site more functional and fun. But you don’t have to use EVERY single one! This will crowd your website, making it too much for visitors. Pick ones that are necessary and connect with your brand message.
Homepage sliders can slide down the trash.
Homepages are so 2000 and late! People need to retire sliders on their homepages. The fact is, this web design element is often not optimized for mobile and don’t do anything for SEO. Enough reason to leave this behind! Everyone uses mobile gadgets; we need to adapt design-wise and create a responsive, SEO ready website.
Designing with SEO in mind
SEO and the web design of your website are equally important. That’s why it is important to incorporate SEO elements when designing your website.
Archiving these web design elements is not the end of the world, there are new more reliable, function and design-wise. We continue to innovate and find ways to make any website experience great.
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