Designing a website is indeed the challenging task. Small mistakes can ruin your efforts and time if you don't care about it. Web design mistakes are not just including its look but other things which should be considered. Here are some of the prime focuses you to pay enough attention on.
1. Lack of Detail
2. Distracting Background
3. No Color Balance
4. Using Emboss and Bevel Techniques
5. To Much Design
6. Design Is Mismatching
7. Using Uncle Bob's Time Design
8. Design Should Be Subjective
9. More White Spaces in Content
10. Design Decision Makers Are Busy
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There should not be any broken links on your site. Links that do not work can be a big annoying factor. So is a cluttered design. Your website should be easy to navigate. If the visitor feels lost or confused he is likely to close your site and move on to another. Hence it is very important to talk to experts like Big Raja[/a] while planning your website.
I would like to add -
Paying too much attention (and money) to design and not enought on getting traffic to your website. You are better off being the average looking kid in school, with lots of friend, than the pretty looking kid with none.......
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This is the same for sites that have lots of Flash content. Now, JQuery coding has replaced a lot of flash animations, but I still see sites that stop working if the user doesn't have the right updated versions or simply a browser/device that supports the fancy Flash graphics.
Now sticking to minimal coding, html5, css3, Ruby, Php with cleaner coding will help not only users but search engines index your site.