Front Page Mistakes

Front Page Mistakes
12 April 2024     360

Front Page Mistakes

Your front page is a pretty big deal. It is like an opening line in a conversation – the first impression you make on potential customers. Just like when it comes to real life impressions, things can and do go south in mere seconds, if that. So, here are some six common front-page mistakes that can harm your website ux and cost you and then some:

1. Cookies

Cookie notices are generally necessary in todays privacy-conscious world. However, a giant banner that obscures the entire page is not the answer. Opt for more compact cookie notifications that inform visitors about cookie use in explicit language and allows them to make a clear choice (e.g., "Accept" or "Learn More").

Consider using a small banner at the bottom of the page with a clear link to your detailed cookie policy. Approaches like these strike a balance between informing users and respecting their browsing experience.

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2. Pop-ups

Pop-ups can be a double-edged sword. Used strategically, they can be effective for capturing leads or promoting special offers. But intrusive pop-ups that appear immediately upon landing are a surefire way to annoy visitors. Simply put, it is disruptive and disrespectful.

If you are going to implement them anyway, do it strategically, based on user behavior. For instance, a pop-up offering a discount code might appear after a certain amount of time spent on the page, indicating the visitors genuine interest. Another option is to trigger pop-ups upon scrolling to a specific section, such as a pop-up offering a free trial after a visitor has browsed the pricing page. This also makes it more likely that they will engage with it.

3. Sign-up

By now, our strategy should be clear: do not force users to go through hurdles to access you content. The same goes for forcible sign-ups. This is not only annoying but, even on the surface level, it seems completely ineffective. Why would someone sign up when they do not even know what you are offering?


Lead with blog posts, articles, product descriptions, or even high-quality visuals showcasing your offerings. Once users are engaged with your content and have a better understanding of your brand, they will be more receptive to signing up.

4. Videos

Autoplaying videos can sometimes be visually engaging, but not if they start blasting sound unexpectedly. This can be jarring for visitors and disrupt their browsing experience. Especially since people do not always control their volume.

If you must use autoplay videos, ensure they are muted by default and have a clear play button for users to activate sound if they choose. Plus, consider using autoplay for silent videos with captions to convey information without disrupting user experience. But, really, avoid them altogether if you can.

5. Clutter

Too much stuff is a frequent problem in web-design. Even when designers are aware of the risk. Usually you are already accustomed to how your website functions, where its elements are and what they look like. For newcomers, every little detail could be the one that, at least momentarily, confuses them.

Declutter your website by using ample white space, organizing content into clear sections with well-defined headings, and featuring high-quality visuals that complement your message rather than compete with it. Make your CTAs stand out by using contrasting colors, clear and concise text, and strategic placement near relevant content.

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6. Visual Harmony

Asymmetry and a lack of visual patterns can create a sense of disorientation on your front page. Establish a clear visual hierarchy using consistent design elements like color palettes, fonts, and spacing. Utilize a grid-based layout to create a sense of order and guide the users eye across the page if you are struggling with this.

Essentially, you do not want to be too creative. Users have memorized various patterns they have picked up while browsing throughout the years. If you wanna be creative, try to be so within the confines of these patterns. Usually a safer bet.