Are you thinking about DIY-ing your first website? Although working with a designer is recommended, it may not be in your budget at this time. That’s why I’m sharing a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid if you decide to go the DIY route.
1. The text is difficult to read due to poor formatting
Use a simple font like Montserrat, Lato, or Avenir Next for body copy and make sure it’s at least 14 – 16px in size. If you need help choosing body text fonts then I recommend checking out the Top 10 Favorite Body Text Fonts on Typewolf.
2. The contact form doesn’t work
Before you launch your site, be sure to check that your contact form works. For most WordPress sites you’ll need to use a plug-in like WP Mail SMTP by WPForms to ensure delivery of emails coming from your website.
3. Pages don’t use search engine friendly URLs
If you want your website to be found by search engines, then you need to name your pages properly. For example, the URL below is what’s call a “search engine friendly” URL because it accurately describes its destination:
4. Everything is about you
I know it’s YOUR website, but it should focus on the needs of your potential clients. Speak directly to your ideal client’s problem. Use 2nd person pronouns like ‘you” when referring to your clients in your website copy.
5. Your site is hard to use on mobile
Most of your website visitors are coming from mobile devices like phones and tablets. No one has time to be pinching and zooming in to view your site. Make sure the website template you choose is optimized for mobile devices. You can use Responsinator to test your website’s usability on mobile devices.