Modern web development is so complex. There are many ways to accomplish the same task and the choice really depends on the individual developer but all of them are susceptible to mistakes. The variety of development platforms, patterns, and practices can be overwhelming plus they are prone to issues that sometimes go beyond the capabilities of web developers. To make a long story short, mistakes do happen and there are some of them that can be considered common.
The purpose of this article is to describe the list of the common mistakes that happen at various stages of web development process. It can be used by web developers to enhance their skills and avoid making them in the future.
1. Testing in Just One Browser
Some professionals tend to stick with particular tools they like and use them for everything. For example, writers may stick with some text editors that allow them to have sophisticated functionality, says Adrian Derozan, a manager at Proessaywriting. Web developers are not an exception because some of them are fond of specific browsers that are used for surfing the net and testing web pages, but this generally results in an epic fail. The Internet users utilize a variety of browsers that are different from one another, so a site that was tested on Chrome may not look so great when displayed on Firefox or Safari and so on.
2. Using Last Decade’s HTML
This mistake falls into the same category as the previous one because it applies to web developers who stick with HTML writing methods that they like, even though they are becoming obsolete by today’s standards. This mistake results in poorer functionality of the site, over-complicated markup, inconsistent performance, and other issues.
3. Taking Scaling for Granted
The modern web development world requires fast solutions, so clients often want to have MVP (Minimum Viable Product) released ASAP. This convinces many companies to put a great pressure on web developers who overlook certain processes to meet the time requirements. However, overlooking some important aspects such as scale can be disastrous because poor preparation of a web product can lead to serious issues, including a total failure of app scalability.
4. Neglecting SEO
Many web developers today think that they know SEO very well and their expertise is sufficient to cover this not “especially complex” area. (Read tips on how to recognize if the developer knows SEO here.) However, they often do not have accurate tracking and regular SEO experiments to be called real experts because the practices are ever-changing and require constant monitoring. Moreover, some web developers are known for postponing SEO to the end of the development process because of confidence in their expertise. Neglecting SEO can come at a high price, so think about it from the moment you start working on a project.
5. Bad Conversion Form
Clearly, the importance of conversion forms for online businesses can never be overestimated but some developers make mistakes with them. For example, they design the form and assume that all data that needs to be provided by the user will be inserted or does not provide specific requirements to the information. As a result, these bad forms fail or the received data is not compatible with the data scheme of the site. It is therefore highly recommended to be specific about the kind of data you need from the potential lead (“email address” instead of “address,” for example) and use data validation strategies like the ones described in this DevPro article.
6. Unresponsive Design
With the increasing use of tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices for viewing web pages, responsive design has become a must-have for any online business because it ensures the highest quality of user experience. However, some developers still assume that the websites will be viewed on the devices that they tested the sites on — such as computers — without referring to the use of different mobile devices. As a result, the design of the site is unresponsive, which leads to poor viewer experience, so avoid committing such mistake. Here is a useful interactive article from John Polacek if you need more.
7. Designing Refreshment
Refreshment might be good for people but not for websites. A site that needs a full refresh for every interaction is a horrible one because it will make the visitor angry since they will have to wait for the page to refresh before reaching the page they'd like to get to. To avoid this mistake, you should ensure that posting back to the server is not mandatory and the site does not need to be reset every time.
8. Producing “Dead” Pages
This mistake involves making pages that do not contain any means that would make them discoverable by Google or other search engines, such as SEO and accessibility. Even though these pages can feature some great content that could be useful for visitors, they will not be shown in the search results because they are “dead” for search engines.
9. Forking Code
The assumption is again the enemy of the web developers in this case. When developers assume that their code will be supported by all browsers and platforms, they create code that they think will respond to any situation. However, as everything gets updated, the code needs to be updated as well because universal code does not exist.
10. Background Music
Even though that sounds like a good idea, many factors suggest that it’s not. Not so many web surfers want to hear something coming out of their speakers when they visit your site because they might be listening to their own music or the music on the site can be loud, which might be surprising, to say the least.