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This page is a compiled list of the most common things people do, or don't do, to their websites which makes them unappealing to the people visiting them. Most of the time there are ways around it so you can keep what you've done, but in some cases, they should be completely removed from your site.
By background music, we mean music that loads with the website, not sound clips or short effects. A lot of people listen to music (from CDs or MP3s) while they're on-line, or like to take a break at work and surf for a few minutes. In either case, having unwanted background music play is a major annoyance, and will usually result in the closing of that website immediately.
Flashing and Moving Objects
Having 5 things spinning, flashing, or scrolling on the page is a major annoyance, and will usually result in the closing of that website immediately.
Every major website has pop-up windows for advertising purposes. But what they don't do, or at least shouldn't do, is display them in front of their website, forcing you to close the window just to see the content of their site. So if you must use a pop-up window, make sure it loads the pop-up behind the main website. Limit the pop-up windows to one, and it is highly recommended that you do NOT open more pop-up windows when they close a window. Something to think about: People hate multiple autospawning popup windows, so why would they buy anything from them?
JPEG & GIF Compression
There are still a lot of people on dial-up, so it's still important to condense the sizes of your files as much as possible to ensure a website loads quickly.
Long Download Times
This can be caused by a number of different things. Most of the time it's because of too many images. These images can be condensed, but having too many will still slow down the load-time of your site considerably. Another common cause is flash. A lot of people don't realize how large flash files can become. Poor quality web hosting may also cause slow load time, so you usually get what you pay for. Many cheap web hosting companies have outdated servers with hundred of web sites on the same server.
Text on Solid Backgrounds
This is very common among new web developers. What happens is they find a picture or a background with many different solid colors and tile it on their websites. It may look nice, but in most cases the background will stand out too much and the text will be hard to read. In some cases a few of the background colors will match the text, rendering it completely unreadable.
Not Copyrighting Your Work
This is very often overlooked by web developers. If you value your Web site or literary composition, and the hard work and original ideas that went into it, get the protection it deserves.
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