Before you consider any web design project, there are a few crucial things to consider first. Whether it’s for an existing business of a budding start-up, there are several potential blunders you simply must avoid. Fail to do so, and you could find yourself forking out in the future. Ready to find out more?

Read on as we look at the three of the biggest website blunders – and how they can be avoided.

1. DIY

So, you’re starting a website and, understandably, you want to save money. The best way to do it? As with many things, you might think it’s to do it yourself.  However, DIY site-building is a sure-fire road to disaster.

Web design is complicated and can take a lot of time too – time you could be spending on your business, and time wasted if the results don’t meet your requirements. An unprofessional website can even send potential customers running for the hills, so it’s not something we’d suggest taking on if you don’t have the experience and technical skills required.

On the bright side, there are all sorts of web design platforms and tools to choose from, and you might be able to create a decent website, yes. Unfortunately, the problems come further down the line, when these platforms make you upgrade to a more expensive version for extra services or storage. They’re also highly reliant on third-party apps, which could lead to big charges stacking up.

Worst of all, who can you turn to when there are problems? Whether it’s security issues, loading time or trouble adding content, DIY site building can cause you huge amounts of unnecessary stress.

2. Mobile-friendly is a must

Back in 2016, mobile devices overtook desktop as the most popular for browsing the web. Google is even testing mobile-first indexing – a move which will make the mobile version of a website more important than the desktop version.

That means, now more than ever, it’s essential to have a responsive website that’s completely mobile friendly. Quite simply, this is a site that changes to suit the size of device used to view it, and is just as easy to use and great looking on smartphones as it is on desktop or laptop computers.

Don’t be fooled by have-a-go amateurs who claim to produce mobile-friendly sites on the cheap. Do your research and find a trusted web designer that has a portfolio of impressive mobile-friendly websites.

3. Learn the value of scalability

While it might sound like a techy buzzword, scalability is essential for any website. In plain English, it refers to the ability to increase or decrease things like storage and traffic.

Starting off, you may only need something small. But it’s important not to have a website which limits or hinders the growth of your business. At the same time, it’s not smart to pay extra for facilities you don’t yet need. A scalable website eliminates both of these issues, allowing you to grow freely, take advantages of opportunities in your industry and only pay for what you need.

Let’s talk

Ready to launch your website? At Nettl of Bury, we’re passionate about creating unique, responsive websites that attract traffic, generate leads and allow businesses to grow. Using Nettl:one, we offer full scalability, with liquid layouts that adapts to any device. For more information, take a look at web design services or get in touch to discuss your project.