Annoying things on websites, how to turn people off and lose visitors
Here are a list of the things that I find really annoying on websites. Usually it will result in me leaving the website regardless of my initial intentions.
- Music or Video that automatically starts playing
- Pop Ups – this includes the ‘Slimbox’ that blocks out the content to tell you about a great new product available or event or something that I am really not interested in – the focus turns to finding the close button.
- Flash that… takes… forever… to… load.
- A photo of that girl who works at every company on the web (the stock photo everywhere girl!)
- Photos of people shaking hands … in suits
- Animated Clip Art, this may have been cool in…oh wait it was never cool.
- Centered Bold Red and Blue Marketing catch-phrase text to …er….grab your attention?
- Anything that flashes continuously
- Beveled and Embossed buttons
- More Advertising than actual content
- Splash Pages – An animation that plays before you “enter” the website
- Poor quality images, stretched or deformed.