Written by Lex Meyer to help your Church Reach More People
Here is a list of textual errors to avoid on your website. These are common mistakes that many people make, which make it difficult for users to read and navigate your website. This list is for educational purposes only. These are things that many people have done in the past, but they are easy to avoid if you understand why they are problematic. Keep in mind that your website should present information in a format that is easy to comprehend, and should not cause strain on the eyes. Your customers will appreciate it.
1. Centering Everything
Centering all the text on your page makes it hard to read the text because your
eyes have difficulty knowing where to start the next line of text.
Centering a few things on a page can be a nice way to highlight something,
but avoid centering entire pages.
2. Too Many Fonts
The style sheet should dictate what fonts are used on the site. That will keep the site consistent. Copying text in from Microsoft Word into a content management system with an HTML editor will copy the text style from word and override the style sheets. Copying text from Word into notepad, or different plain text editor will help this not to happen.
3. Too Many Colors
Again, the style sheet should be observed and it should have all of the allowable colors for your site that match your overall color scheme. There might be header or link tags that are a different color than the body text, which is fine as long as it is done through the style sheet, but try to avoid using inline style changes that differ from the defined styles in the style sheets.
4. TEXT IN ALL CAPS
YOUR VISITORS WILL SAY STOP YELLING AT ME, I SEE YOUR TEXT. WHILE SOME TEXT IS USEFUL IN CAPS, SUCH AS HEADINGS OR NAVIGATION LINKS, IT SHOULD BE USED CAREFULLY.
Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to a more user-friendly website, and if you need any help with your website give us a call, and we would be happy to help you out.
Lex is a church website designer and occasional blogger. He is also a preacher and runs his own online ministry called UNLEARN, where he makes educational YouTube videos about the Bible. You can connect with Lex on social media below.