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Things you should never do on a website, let alone a business website

Pop-up light boxes are taking over the world

Why pop-up light boxes are a bad idea

This is post 4 of 5 in the series “Website sins” If you spend any time looking around the web, the chances are you will have come across the latest craze that’s pretty much guaranteed to annoy – or at the very least confuse website visitors: Pop up light boxes, also known as interstitials. (more…)

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FAQ pages are often used as a sticking plaster for a hard to use website

Why you don’t need an FAQ page

This is post 3 of 5 in the series “Website sins” FAQ pages are quite possibly one of the laziest crimes in website usability. If you have one on your site, you need to get rid of it. Here’s how. Frequently Asked Questions. This is traditionally the place that website owners dump the content they […]

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Don't use Under Construction Pages

Don’t use ‘Under Construction’ pages

This is post 2 of 5 in the series “Website sins” There’s possibly nothing more disappointing when browsing a website than following a link only to be met with the message: Page Under Construction. Although Under Construction pages are not as common as they used to be, they are still with us,  and often used […]

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Never say Click Here. There are lots of better ways to say 'this is a link'

Never say ‘Click here’ on your website

This is post 1 of 5 in the series “Website sins” Whatever you do when writing links or anything on a web page, don’t ever, EVER use the words ‘Click here’. The phrase has been around as long as people have been building web pages. And for as long as people have been using click […]

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No PDFs

Why you should remove PDFs from your website – now!

Adobe PDF files are for preserving the format of a print document – a leaflet or poster for example – but that format is totally unsuitable for the web. A poster is meant to attract attention on a wall. On the web you already have the attention of your website visitor. Yet still website owners […]

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