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June 1st, 2007

19 Things Not to do When Building a Web Site

When I see titles such as “Top 10 Things Not…” or “5 Reasons Why You…” it usually catches my interest. I recently came across the article 19 Things Not to Do When Building a Web Site and I have to say that they’re dead on. I’m also happy to say that these are things that we do not do. Here’s a few of the better “rules.”

If your website requires the visitor to load your home page, and then “launch” your real website in a pop up, YOU LOSE.
If your website is ALL Flash, FIRE your web development company, and if you made it, add it to your portfolio under “Useless web projects I’ve done” and start over.
If you are a print designer, and “do websites on the side”, STOP DOING websites and providing “advice” to your print clients about web design. Print design to web design is like designing an ad for a race car, and actually building and racing that race car.
If your website does not work in Firefox, welcome to 2007 DUMBASS.
No blinking text, no Frontpage, no pop-ups (even requested), no scrolling text, no font downloads, and no Flash intros.
…if the user has to mouse over your graphic or small image to know what it is, or where it will take them if its a link, quit your job and be a magician or a blackjack dealer, making web interfaces is not for you.

About the Author
Nick Gernert leads the Platform Services team that's part of Voce Connect and oversees all web development efforts as well as making sure all those efforts are strategically sound. He is on Twitter as @nickgernert.

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