Professionals in almost every industry believe on some false assumptions that are mostly based on things they hear from others. It`s easier to believe on such myths when we don’t have any personal experience related to it.The field of web design and development is full of such myths where people believe on many such things that are otherwise not based on the facts.
This blog is based on many such myths that when believed can be disastrous for your web design.
People for a long time believed that the homepage was the most important page for a website. In past, the homepage has the way to find and access the content on all other pages. It was kind of directory from where users were directed to other pages.However, it`s no longer the case the way users access and find web pages has changed a lot in last few years. Most of the visitors often directly land to product/service pages from a search engine or any other links that are shared on social media.
Today homepage serves as pages that lead users to content for example many websites that are updated occasionally show most recent stories on the home page.You may find plenty of web designs for homepages that are available for use however you must remember one thing that homepage is not that important as it was used to be.
The theory of “George Miller” according to which human mind can only keep track of 7 plus or minus 2 bit of information at a time is in fact related to human cognitive condition for short-term memory. However, this somehow gets into web design where it is largely held believe that web designs should have limited number of navigational choices. There is a research where having a large number of choice affects the sales. Although the research results may be applicable to the products but may not be equally correct of navigation choices. In reality, you can have large navigation in your website.
Many web designers believe that no content or web page should be more than 3 clicks away. Perhaps that is further reduced to two clicks for the mobile users. However, the reality is different as many of research studies have indicated that users don’t actually care much about the number of clicks that they have to make while accessing the required content. Therefore, the chances that your user will get annoyed due to more than three clicks are not based on fact. What website visitors care is accessing and getting information whatever does it takes.
When anyone discusses mobile devices and responsive web design it is mentioned that the mobile phone users are always on the go and don’t have much attention toward details. But in reality exists distraction exists everywhere, for example, users will be watching TV or doing many other types of work while using a mobile phone that’s infect part of life. Just because users are also doing some things else will not distract them from your website.
Many people think its users or customers will clearly tell you what they want, but in reality, it’s not the fact. Many reasons make it difficult for them to elaborate and describe. People don’t clearly understand the factors that influence their perception and behavior. As a designer listing to your customer blindly may be disastrous, because people talk from a different perspective that they see as the solution of their problem. It might not be wise to get to know what customers want directly as they may not be able to tell exactly what’s needed. However, you should always work with them to provide a solution to their problem.