Front-end developers deal with how to present the Web application or website so that users can easily access and interact wit it. In short, the outlook of websites and applications all comes under Front-end development. From fonts to text to images and buttons to sidebars, everything you see on a website/app is related to front-end development.
It’s important that the interfaces are engaging and is capable of attracting users so that they stay on your site. However, there are some mistakes that you need to avoid.
The mistakes are as follow.
Using Table Elements:
Tables are used for displaying information but not for layout design, instead, you can use <div | containers. It’s easy to place elements on a web page as tables are quite complex and result in redundancy which could give rise to flaws in design and issues to browser compatibility. Div containers and CSS are much better than tables for element placement and design.
Using Old HTML Elements:
Technology changes constantly, hence, we have new versions of HTML every now and then. Front-end development depends heavily on browser support and some browsers become obsolete. Therefore, you need to avoid using old HTML elements. With new and more advanced versions come more advanced features that you can implement and be ahead of your competitors.
No room for testing:
As a developer, you should always test your web application or website to ensure that it functions properly and to resolve issues if any. Test the app/website on all the browsers to avoid any compatibility issue. If you miss out on this step, then you’d lose some valuable users that don’t use older versions. Therefore, test your code on all the different browsers and identify mistakes that can be improved upon.
Not Testing App/Website’s Speed:
Your site/app should be optimized so that it load readily on all the different mobile devices and operating systems. The moment your site/app starts taking time or has response issues, users will leave. Speed really matters and if you are thinking of ways to make it faster, then use light images, reduce the size of the files, minify the codes, use page speed test of Google or you can even seek external source like hiring a web development company for a complete evaluation.
Several site speed testers are available to help you identify what elements of your site design are slowing down your application. As with responsive design, search engines take site speed into consideration for ranking. A best practice would be to always test your site and ensure its performance is fine-tuned.
Forgetting Responsive Design:
There are millions of websites and mobile applications and the fact that most of them offer the same services and functionality. So, the question is how do you make your site/app unique? Apart from the core functions, the front-end design is what users look first. Your design must be responsive and should complement the modern front-end coding.
After creating the app/site, you should test it on various browsers and on different screen sizes to ensure that the design is responsive and is compatible.
The wrong design is capable of destroying your site’s user base and can cause a dramatic drop in revenue, and get that design right is the role of a front-end developer.
In front-end development, it’s very important to think from the user perspective and there are so many things that can be done but there are some common mistakes that you should avoid. Here some tips that you can deploy at your end that can help you keep your site/app on the right track.
Emily Smith is an ed-tech enthusiast and has been associated with CWS Technology as a writer for more than 6 Years. CWS technology is the leading web development company that provides all IT solutions. Emily has a passion for writing on emerging technologies like application management outsourcing, consulting, system integration etc.