Iis there ANYTHING more annoying than going onto a blog and sitting there having to wait for what feels like forever for the website to load, or you have to squint your eyes and wonder whether you might need glasses?
I love me some blogs, I really do. But there’s things that some bloggers do that utterly put me off and to be honest. As a blogger, I write with my readers in mind, and that includes more than just writing an interesting post.
So here I am again preaching the things I think every blogger should do for their readers, the 3 Blogger / Website Must-Dos (I’m sure there’s more!) …
#1. Resize & compress your images
This is by far the most common issue I come across with blogs. Yes it’s a hassle to have to resize & compress 10 images before you can include them in your blog post, but it also takes forever for you to upload and for your reader to download. Most digital cameras’ images are about 3MB big. If you upload them as they are, and you include even just 3 pictures, that’s 10MB of a post to download for your readers!
So do yourself and themselves a favour and resize your images and compress them. My pictures are very rarely over 100KB and I can’t say anyone has ever complained about the quality of the pictures. Because no one needs a 3000px wide image on a website unless you want your readers to be able to print your image?!
There’s a few free online and offline tools that you can use to resize your images. Some of them even do it in batches, so you don’t have to do it for each image individually! I use the software that came with my Canon EOS 1000D DSLR – maybe your camera has some photo editing software too?
And as second step, I use Ken Ward’s Makeup, which is a software that’s brilliant at compressing images, so that they’re almost the same quality as 150KB image but they’re only 40KB big!
#2. Turn on your mobile template
Everyone is constantly on the go so most of us read blogs on the train or bus on our phones. While most of us have unlimited data plans, as long as we’re not on 4G (which isn’t coming for a long while), opening a blog that doesn’t have its mobile template switched on means the browser will load EVERYTHING – lots of data and time spent waiting.
#3. Choose good font colours, types and sizes
In my 8 years of freelancing as web designer and developer, I’ve seen some crazy websites where I felt like I was about to go blind reading stuff, because I had to focus so hard and squint to be able to read texts.
Most of us bloggers do pick legible fonts (sans serif and serif fonts are very legible), which is brilliant, but some then choose too small a font size or a colour that doesn’t have a great contrast to the background colour.
Surely this text here in this shade of grey reads a lot better than this one in a super light grey, right? You can check whether your font colour and your background colour are good contrasting colour and thus legible with the WebAIM Color Contrast Checker.
Of course there are more things that bloggers can do for their readers, but these are the most common mistakes/issues I’ve seen, which can so easily be rectified. But if left untouched can lead to a lot of disappointment for the blogger when the readers disappear and a lot of frustration for the reader, spending their time tapping their fingers on the table waiting for the website to become visible.
Hope you enjoyed my 3 Blogger / Website Must-Dos! Let me know what else you think annoys you about website designs?