Dude we went over this years ago.
Clutter is bad, and when it comes to website design clutter is really bad. You want people to read your shit, right? How the hell can they when they have no idea how to navigate around?
I mean who hasn’t seen this damned screenshot by now:
Usability is a thing, and it exists to make your visitors experience a pleasant one. Does your reader know how to get to your about page? Can they find their way to your next post?
Don’t hide that shit. Those are things people look for.
Now maybe that doesn’t line up with what you want them to see but damnit, let them find what they’re looking for.
White space is a thing, and it exists to give our brains a chance to break up different parts of your website. When you take it away you make our brains hurt. Don’t do that.
I know you want to jam in as many fancy graphics, “as seen in” logos, social buttons and web awards as possible but please break that shit up. Don’t let it creep into your articles.
Navigation is a thing, and it exists to help up figure out how to get around. It lets us know how to get from point a to b, and if you take that away it makes us go “WTF? I just want to know if using beets instead of radishes in this recipe is a good idea. Where the hell is her contact page?”
I know you’re probably sick of getting e-mails like that, but come on. At the very least give people easy access to your about, contact & blog page.
This advice about keeping your site clean & simple, well it’s not new. It’s been around awhile.
I’ve read so many damned “How to Keep Your Website Clean & User Friendly” articles it’s not even funny, and half of them have been on sites that are cluttered themselves. It boggles the mind.
Blogging is hard, I know. You just want people to read, like, share, sign up & comment on all your shit. I get it.
But one way not to achieve any of that, well that’s by using an overly cluttered design.
So bloggers here’s a little advice: clutter is bad. Keep your site simple & easy to read. I thought we went over this years ago.
Your mess of a website makes people uncomfortable, and when people feel uncomfortable they go and read another “39 Puppy Pics That Will Melt Your Heart & Make You Shit Rainbows” article.
I mean hey, at least that’s simple, right?