5 Critical Web Design Mistakes That Can Drag Your Site Down

5 Critical Web Design Mistakes That Can Drag Your Site Down

Regardless of the career field we choose, we find our way and improve through mistakes.

In this post, we are going to have a specific discussion about some common mistakes that almost every designer makes.

Once they just start working with a creative firm, they start realising the wrongs they were doing in the earlier stages.

And no one likes their mistakes to be particularly highlighted. This is why the post contains a sorted list of mistakes made by different designers at a particular period of time so that you can learn from them and come up with a flawless yet truly impactful design. 

There's nothing to feel embarrassed about, as every time we fail we make the first attempt in learning.

What are the most common web design mistakes?

The most common mistakes people make in web design are:

  1. Not understanding the bottom line
  2. Making use of inappropriate typography
  3. Overloading the fonts
  4. Bringing an extensive lot of stock images into use
  5. Not proofreading the content you are using

Consider these mistakes as guiding stones like I have done to reach your destined level of growth.

1. Not understanding the bottom line

Without having a clear picture of the client’s requirements, you will simply end up making things complicated. Resultantly, a lot of time will be wasted to work on the design ideas that have no relevance to the needs of clients.

It would be better to know and understand the requirements from the scratch, make notes if required, do thorough research and try to stay in touch with the client to make sure every step you are taking is in the right direction.

2. Making use of inappropriate typography

There isn’t any dearth of sources from where you can get free fonts, but you should be sure of the potential drawbacks in terms of usability rights, which may cost you to rework using a new font. If you are working on a professional assignment, the sensibility calls for the idea of paying for the professional fonts.

Stretching your budget would be much more beneficial than a free font.

The choice of typography matters a lot because both professionals and amateurs can fall foul with this aspect.        

3. Overloading the fonts

 A clear and well-formatted design is critical and using too many fonts on a single page can be disastrous. So keep your design piece minimalistic.

If you really want to give your website a consistent look, don’t make scenario confused for viewers by covering the page with numerous typefaces.

The general rule here says to stay committed to two different fonts and give the variances through different weights of the same font (especially to highlight the unique idea).

4. Bringing an extensive lot of stock images into use

 For those who can’t afford to hire a professional photographer, stick imagery may come handy. However, there are some particular photographs that are commonly used and have become overly familiar

It is preferable to use such stock images to create a focal point because if you liked that photograph, there will be many others who liked the same photograph.

There are many free resources available to find perfect images for your website/blog. So never let anyone steal the shine and integrity off yours and use a personal lot of pictures or the one from professional photographers.

5. Not proofreading the content you are using

Spellchecker is, no doubt, a great tool to identify the misspelt words in your content pieces, but it won’t catch the contextual mistakes.

For example – "your" and "you’re" are the two most commonly mistakenly used words. This is the reason proofreading should not be avoided in any case.

Now that you have a list of some common mistakes, make a note of these and avoid them for making your design more likable.

Kristy Bernales

at Webdesign Xperts

Comments (2)
Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

As a designer myself, I have several other additions. - Not making the website responsive and/or adaptive for different devices - Having a separate mobile website (with different or missing content from main website) - Designing too much for aesthetics and forgetting how customer will consume or find info - Using so many plugins that the page load times are unbearable - Using stock templates instead of designing from scratch, the good clients can tell

Steven Freeman

Steven Freeman at

Kristy, show us some designs that tick most of these boxes you are talking about...