There are certain website features and design elements that I DESPISE. I think we can all agree that things like autoplay movies and music are horrible, but today I want to highlight three other pet peeves of mine that I haven’t already mentioned in my design posts.
Pop up opt-ins
I DESPISE popups like this. What I hate even more is when a website doesn’t properly utilize cookies so I get this popup on every single page view. I don’t want to be harassed every single time I view one of your posts. It will make me never want to visit your site again.
For me, the worst offenders are:
- Popups that trigger before I’ve read your content. There’s no way I’m subscribing before I’ve read anything!
- Popups that trigger on every single page I visit. If you INSIST on having a popup, at least have one that utilizes cookies and remembers when I’ve closed the window so it doesn’t pop back up later.
The sad thing about popups is that everyone hates them, but they still work. I know that adding a popup to my site would increase subscribers, but to me it’s not worth annoying my readers.
Have you ever seen a “top 10” or “top 50” list that you thought sounded interesting? But then you click on the link, get to the page, and they’ve purposely put every single item on a SEPARATE page so you have to keep clicking “next, next, next”. They do this to get more page views (and thus more ad revenue) on their site. IT’S SO ANNOYING!!
As soon as I see a paginated list like that, I click out of the window.
Sadly I don’t have a screenshot of this, but surely you know what I mean?
Excessive ads/notices that obscure my window
This is mainly a problem on mobile layouts. I hate it when a blog has all kinds of sticky header/footer bars that massively cut down on the mobile view. There might be a “Hello Bar” up top, then a “Subscribe” bar or sticky advert on the bottom… Put those together, and I have a MASSIVELY smaller viewing/scrolling area on my phone. Then when I start scrolling, I only have half the amount of space to actually read. Here’s an example:
And just imagine, I’ve actually seen websites WORSE than that before.
Check your sites on mobile devices
Is there a “Hello Bar”, advert, and/or sticky subscribe box massively cutting down the readable area?