Mistakes that can be easily avoided when building websites

There are certain rules that people break when building websites. These rules are simple to follow and make all the difference for your audience. Here are some tips to make sure your website respects these rules.

Mistakes that can be easily avoided when building websites
Setting up a styleguide in Webflow

To brutally simplify it, a styleguide is a set of defined rules for elements in your design or layout. There are merits and faults with styleguides, but I'll leave the responsibility of describing those to other articles.

Setting up a styleguide in Webflow
How to build a landing page

A good first impression is vital. It should be engaging, relevant, and informative. A landing page can be a complex job that can, if done incorrectly, result in a lost conversion. Landing pages come in all shapes and sizes, with different strategies and solutions, but each one has a simple goal and a set of rules that can be followed.

How to build a landing page
Don't make your users feel stupid, stupid

Walking out of a Costa Coffee, I stood in front of a glass door, waiting for it to automatically slide open. I waved my hands. I shimmied to the left. I shimmied to the right. I realised this was not a door and felt stupid.

Don't make your users feel stupid, stupid
Why is responsive design important?

Just over 13 years ago, the iPhone was released and this changed everything for website owners. The iPhone introduced web browsing to mobile phones in a way that hadn't yet been achieved at such scale. With this came the need to make the layout of websites responsive in order to adapt to the different screen sizes users will view them from.

Why is responsive design important?
Paul Attard's interview with Monique Chambers on Campus FM

They discuss what goat is about, where the name came from, and how a Russian client threatened them if they messed up their project.

Paul Attard's interview with Monique Chambers on Campus FM
Webflow - A no-code web development platform that I fell in love with

Tell any web developer that you use a no-code web development platform and they scoff at you as the inferior person they believe that you are. Admittedly, I was one of those developers until I tried Webflow for the second time.

Webflow - A no-code web development platform that I fell in love with
"I use a free website builder. Should I invest in a professionally developed website?"

Let's delve in and take a look at the pros and cons of free website builders and whether a professionally developed website would be of benefit to your business.

"I use a free website builder. Should I invest in a professionally developed website?"
The importance of a website for your business

A well-built website is a necessity for your business. It offers benefits ranging from setting you apart from your competition to strengthening your credibility. Let's take a look at a few examples.

The importance of a website for your business
Using Adobe Flash on your website? You have to read this

Adobe has announced that Flash will be obsolete by 2020. Soon, it will be mandatory to move away from it, but here are a few reasons why Flash should be removed with immediate effect.

Using Adobe Flash on your website? You have to read this
HTTP vs HTTPS. How your non-secure website will warn potential customers not to trust you

Long-term, all websites without HTTPS security will be marked as ‘non-secure’. Let's look at the difference between HTTP and HTTPS to ensure your website isn't sending potential customers running.

HTTP vs HTTPS. How your non-secure website will warn potential customers not to trust you
The downsides of using PDFs on your website

On your website, the ideal scenario is to have text on the page, as opposed to PDFs. This is due to certain limitations that PDFs have. However, there are sometimes reasons why a PDF would be more practical than text. Here, I'm going to try to unpack what the downsides of PDFs on a website are and when they should/could be used.

The downsides of using PDFs on your website
What will your journey look like with us?

It may feel daunting investing in professional website design and development. At wearegoat, we understand how important your business is to you and that’s why we’ll work to put your mind at ease and make our journey together an enjoyable one. Let's take a look at exactly what will happen.

What will your journey look like with us?
Improving your website's offering without having to upgrade it

How can you take a rigid system and remove its limitations without touching it? It's sometimes best to leave it alone and think beyond it in order to get the most value out of your ideas for your clients and readers.

Improving your website's offering without having to upgrade it
If they want it, give it to them

Should we listen to our clients and give them what they are asking for or should we take some time to understand their needs and, more importantly, the needs of their customers?

If they want it, give it to them
It's UX (User Experience) not OX (Owner Experience)

Too many designers and developers are throwing out the standards for good user experience for the sake of clicks, signups, and time on your web page. Should we go back to providing users with the experience they came for and guide them to achieve their goals with the fewest interruptions?

It's UX (User Experience) not OX (Owner Experience)