1) Those overly cheerful images of company executives.... a.k.a Stock Images
It's high time websites get rid of generic stock images. They were at one point cool because it portrayed professional and modern company culture. But not anymore. Stock photos are one the most cliched website elements that have been overused. Your visitors don't see your company as a cut above the rest. You're just another fish in the sea when they see generic stock images on your screen.
- Try hiring a professional photographer to get good images of your actual culture. Work with your marketers to spice them up so they portray what message you want to convey to your customers. You could use apt stock photos sparingly on certain pages of your site.
2) Those different fonts there are on your site.
Okay fonts are attractive. No doubt. But using every font in the world on your site is definitely NOT attractive. You're just confusing the user, trying too much. You're also distracting them from actually reading and absorbing your content. ThemeparrotThemeparrot templates come integrated with Google fonts.
- You have over 800 fonts to choose from. And you can choose two or max three different fonts that complement each other.
Checkout Tori Avey's blog. It's a mixture of 3 different fonts that totally go well with each other. They're simple to read stylish and are not distracting.
3) Those absolute humongous images glaring on your homepage
We all go on and on about having an attractive homepage. How it's supposed to beautiful and hooks your visitor immediately. Nothing wrong in that but there's something you've probably forgotten while you were busy looking for fantastic large images. Your homepage is the the first chance you get to pitch your product/ service to your customer. So keeping large images is just going to get in the way of promoting your offer.
- Work out the right balance of image with important content. Going for a huge image that says nothing about what your business does for the user is just a waste of space and time. So get rid of all those huge banners and settle for medium sized images that give you space to post important content right in the line of sight of the viewer.
4) Those Sign-Up Boxes that drop out of the skies
I know you're trying to get customers to subscribe to your service so you can market to them, but sign-up boxes seem too much like a desperate way to get people to give you their emails. When a visitor decides to check your website for something he's looking for he doesn't really want to be hindered by a signup box that tells him “sign up to read more”. He won't. He'll just move on.
- You can still let user view your content without dropping the sign up box out of nowhere. Try to fit your signup box into a prominent place next to your content, so that customers who like what you have to offer will sign up immediately.
Checkout Doodles. A stylish template that has enough space for you to fit in a signup box.
5) Those Overcrowded Tiled Content Display
Personally I like the tile style of displaying content made popular thanks to Pinterest. But some websites seem to over-do it by make their entire blog a slab of mosaic. Remember your website looks good when you have enough white space between you content.
- Tiles still look good but space them out. Don't cramp them in. And don't make every post a tiled piece of website content. You can reserve the tile style for new featured articles or articles that are popular with a lot of readers.
You should try out Splash. Lots of white space with a clean modern design to display content.
6) Those blaring videos that play the moment users land on your pages...a.k.a Autoplay Videos
Have you ever thought that a lot of people browse your site when they're in a boring meeting or in a place that requires silence. Your users may not think of using earphone while browsing. That still doesn't mean that you embarrass them by keeping videos that start playing the moment they land on your page. They're not going to thank you for that.
- Scrap autoplay videos or anything that just starts blaring for no reason at all. You can post videos, particularly relevant ones, that your user can choose to hit the play button on. That's his decision to make not yours.
7) When your website isn't mobile-friendly..... That's really embarrassing
You're probably shopping on your mobile too. And if you haven't given your potential customers the ease of browsing your site on their mobiles, then that's just sad. Everyone's carrying their phones in their pockets and they need all the sites they browse to function properly on their mobiles as well.
- Make your website mobile friendly. Make it easy for your customers to navigate your site. The best thing about Themeparrot templates is that they're totally mobile-friendly and come with great features that can be used on the mobiles.
So do you agree that these website need to go right now? Do you know any other website elements that need to scrapped? Tell us!