The Impact of Bad Web Design

March 16, 2017 Posted by SolveIT Media

Today’s consumers are more demanding and crave a chance to interact with a business outside of regular business hours.  Your website is usually their primary starting point.  An effective website design is essential to capturing the immediate interest of your online visitors.  The Impact of Bad Web Design can be detrimental to a business.  In other words, designs which lack visual appeal and in many cases poor functionality.

Imagine a daily scenario, a very interested potential customer visits your website to find out more information about your company.  They want to learn more about your business but once on your website, they become less interested and lack the confidence that your company can actually help them.  Bad Web Design did just the opposite.  It helped to create doubt, uncertainty and provided them with a general feeling of uneasiness about your business.  In consulting with startups, we constantly stress the impact of web design and how important a strong business logo design is for brand representation.

Bad Web Design Case Study

Penny Juice is a perfect example of bad web design from color palette to layout.  But, no you haven’t gone back in time to the days of Microsoft Frontpage.  This website is online and doing business in the United States.

Bad Web Design Case Study

However, outdated designs and layouts are still in use by many entrepreneurs who fail to understand the importance of an effective digital platform. In addition, the advances in technology from browser capability to amazing new trends in HTML, CSS and JavaScript create unique, satisfying, web experiences for online visitors.

First Impressions of Bad Web Design

You have exactly 10 seconds to make an impression.  For example, online visitors make a decision in that matter of time whether to stay or leave.  But in most cases, to search for another company.

10 Second Counter

In those 10 seconds, most users have decided whether they’ll stay on your website or leave.  Considering that their first contact is through a website, it is essential that these users have a positive web experience.  If the homepage of your website especially has bad web design, it doesn’t matter how great the remainder of your site is because the initial impression is negative.

According to recent usability surveys, over 70 percent of people claim they wouldn’t buy from or use a poorly designed website.  Entrepreneurs must understand that a bad website not only fails to help but is doing more to limit your overall growth potential.  A well designed website can be your greatest asset.  It functions as a 24 hour salesperson, marketing your business to a global audience and generating new business.


Entrepreneurs should focus on website designs which are customer-focused and remove one’s personal color preferences from the website.  But, brand and customer retention should be always be primary.  Here are just a few recommendations:

  1. Remove All Flash Animations
  2. Navigation Is Key
  3. Use Professional Images
  4. Keep It Simple
  5. Focus On Mobile Audience

In conclusion, if you’re concerned about how your website is representing your business, contact us to explore your options to improve your present web design.

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