5 Web Development Myths You Should Be Aware Of!
Setting up your own website isn’t easy.
Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or running a mature business, you’ve probably faced a fair share of challenges while creating a website.
And with growing digitization and ever-increasing user demands, these challenges have only gone up.
Together with these challenges, what makes the job even more difficult is if you’re labouring under a wrong set of assumptions and notions.
In short, you should be aware of common myths surrounding web development to make your project a success.
In this myth-busting blog, we’re going to shoot down some misconceptions so that your job becomes easier, and of course, faster.
So, let the truth be told.
Myth 1: A Large Team Generates Awesome Results
Myth Busted: Large teams do not always deliver great results. What matters is the technical competence that your team members possess. If a small team has the requisite skill and expertise, half the job is done. Moreover, team leaders need not be vigilant about the activities of a small team of experts who’re skilled at their job and are likely to execute strategies with ease.
On the other hand, a large team might often be more vulnerable to fragmentation, poor communication and free riding (owing to lack of accountability). Therefore, adding more people to a team might not always deliver the desired results. In short, a small high-performing team with a balance of skills and shared mindset always helps in driving awesome results than a large team having dissimilarities and cultural clashes.
Myth 2: An Attractive Website is Enough to Increase Traffic
Myth Busted: Designers often feel that their primary goal is to create a good-looking and attractive website to boost traffic. However, this is far from the truth. There are multiple factors that need to be focused upon apart from creating an eye-catching design. Some of these factors include:
- Appropriate domain name
- Quality content
- Keyword integration
- Quality of the hosting service provider
- Overall user-friendliness
Each one of these elements is important for creating a robust website that generates traffic and leads. Do note that 75% of users form their opinion about a business based on the overall aesthetics of a website. (Source: Digital Apeel)
Myth 3: Adding More Features Can Make a Website Successful
Myth Busted: There are many who feel that adding an increased number of flashy features can boost conversions. But, this is a complete myth. Adding unwanted features may lessen the clarity, overwhelm and confuse your users and simply cause them to leave your site. Unnecessary and redundant features will make the user experience unreasonably troublesome, thereby, damaging your bottom line.
According to Amazon Web Services, 88% of users aren’t likely to return to a website if it has a poor UX design. Therefore, always make sure that your website is simple, clean and loaded with minimal yet relevant features that offer excellent UX and drive conversions.
Myth 4: Not All Websites Need to be Mobile-optimized
Myth Busted: With the growing prominence of handheld devices, it is important that you create a web design that’s mobile-optimized with clear call-to-action buttons, usable forms, and an intuitive interface. A mobile-responsive website will lead your mobile users to read and navigate with minimum scrolling and resizing, thereby, making the process smooth. Digital Apeel states that 62% of companies that invested in responsive web designs saw a significant rise in sales.
A non-responsive website, on the other hand, will lead your mobile users to zoom in to read texts clearly and zoom out to view the entire web page. This can be quite cumbersome, leading your mobile users to leave your website within seconds of opening it. The result? Higher bounce rate and poor search ranks.
Myth 5: Once the Website is Live, the Work is Done
Myth Busted: There’s a giant exhale of happiness and relief once a website is live. There is a sense of comfort in every crevice of your office. But, you need to realize that the job isn’t done yet.
After the website has gone live, you must ensure that new client feedback, product information, prices, services, security extensions, and the overall content is updated from time to time.
Remember, as technology continues to evolve, you will fall to the wayside if you do not keep up. After all, an abandoned site will negatively affect search ranks. So keep updating the site as and when new data comes up.
It would be even better if you redesign the site with new layouts and concepts every 2 or 3 years. An updated site can keep your audiences glued and engaged.
Continuous exposure to technology has given rise to a default set of notions around web development and how it should work. However, do not fall for the pointless assumptions or preconceived notions that might otherwise hamper your web development process.
Here’s hoping that you’ll debunk these above myths and take better web development decisions to stay a cut above your competitors.
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