Web Design and Joomla: Mistakes of the Beginner

21. Not browser testing

I remember the first time I built a website I was quite proud of what I’d built, but then very confused when I tried to show it to someone at their house, and realised that everything was all over the place.

I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, but it turned out to be a common, beginner’s mistake: I’d built the website in my favourite browser but neglected to test it in other browsers.

Different browsers have their own syntax for reading a website’s code, so the output that they display can vary between each browser. That’s why it’s important to test your website in all modern browsers whenever you perform updates.


22. Not having a mobile ready website

Recently Google have made some major updates to how it ranks websites on its mobile search engine. Basically, if your website isn’t mobile friendly - meaning that it doesn’t scale down and reform on different devices and screen sizes - then Google will lower your ranking when a search is made from a mobile device.

So in today’s world it’s important that your website is mobile friendly, especially considering that 80% of internet users search the internet through their mobile phone. If you need a mobile-ready website then get in touch and we will give you an unbeatable price.


23. Not using a H1 on your page

Every web page should have a H1 tag. It’s essentially the title of your page, and you should always use one so that Google knows what your page is about.

By default, your Joomla articles are a H2 tag (less important to search engines than your H1 tag), so it’s always a good idea to fix this by setting up a template override.  


24. Not setting the .htaccess for www redirects

If you don’t do this, Google will think you have two different versions of your website: one for www.yourdomain.com and another for yourdomain.com.

The problem with this? Google will look at ‘both’ versions of your website and, because the content is identical, your website’s ranking will get penalised for having duplicate content, meaning lower search engine rankings.

The easiest way to fix this is to put a redirect in your .htaccess file. Find the line with ’RewriteEngine On’, and underneath use:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.yourdomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Obviously remember to edit this to include your website’s domain!


25 . Putting spaces in image file names

It’s fine to put spaces in file names on your computer, but it can cause problems when you put spaces in file names that are intended for the web.

Web URLs can’t contain spaces - so when you insert spaces in your file names, they will be converted to %20, meaning your file will look like this: www.mydomain.com/my%20image%20%file%20name.

Not only that, but spaces in file names will sometimes prompt errors in certain browsers or with some of your extensions.


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