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Article: Things you need to stop adding/doing to your blogs

Blogged by: Kitty on Friday, January 20, 2012  
Commentators: Blogger Chazzie Fairuz, Blogger Kitty, Blogger Aneisha, Anonymous Lucia, Blogger Kitty, Blogger Denise,
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We all use HTML tags, CSS and sometimes Javascript to improve the presentation of our blog. And I say there's nothing wrong with that. However, when we tend to abuse, or in a more lighter term, overuse them. It makes your website/blog look cluttered and heavy. Moreover, those scripts/code snippets are not necessary so why use them?

Here's a list of tags/codes that you need to stop using:

1. Disable right-click script
I've written an article dedicated entirely on this topic. Basically, this script does nothing but to increase the page load time of your blog and annoy visitors.

2. Blinks and marquees
Blinking texts are not only hard to read, especially those who have visual problems. Please remember that your blog is not solely for your eyes, but also others who happen to drop by your site. Consider their needs as well.

<marquee> tag is another outdated code and should stay in the 90's. But perhaps you'd like to see it yourself?

4. Custom cursors
Custom cursors can be used to make the blog look somewhat aesthetically pleasing. However, I feel that custom cursors should only be used to convey useful functions. More often than not when people use custom cursors on their websites, the cursors do not change its appearance when the page is busy (the default cursor here is the hourglass) or when hovering over links (default cursor: a hand). Changing cursors in a web page can be disorienting and/or annoying to some users and is generally considered bad practice.

5. Comic Sans font
This font is only suitable if you are designing posters slideshow presentations for kids; but on semi-professional professional websites and even blogs, they look as if it's been constructed as a piece of joke.

6. Background music
Unless your blog is a music-related website, this option should not be used. Not all visitors share your taste in music and telling them to turn off their speakers will not please your visitors at all. Here's an article I wrote about background music.

7. Using animated gifs
Splashing your website with animated gifs is soooo outdated. Animated gifs are a type of graphics that have .gif extension and they can be animated by combining a series of images.

8. Misleading or tricking your visitors
Often I see blogs with a "Click here" link or button. With no explanation whatsover, the blog owner invites the visitors to click on the link. Visitors eventually find themselves clicking on a referral link that leads them to a different website. To be frank, this is extremely annoying. When visitors come to your blog, they would expect this 'surprise link' to be something useful for them. However it comes to be the opposite.

9. Giving the wrong credits
It is highly annoying when I see people crediting Google for the images/resources they get from the internet. Google is not the source where those resources come from. It is a search engine and it only displays the links as to where you can get the resources from. Imagine someone was to take something from your blog and credit Google for it instead. Wouldn't it piss you off too?

10. Putting warnings in source code.
Putting warning notes in source code is a childish act. Threatening visitors with words like "I'll gorge your eyes out if you steal my codes" do not scare off the "stealers" but instead, make you sound as if you have an inferiority complex.


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oh dear, you speak my mind!!
can I link your article on AFF? everyone NEEDS to read this!

@Chazzie, yup you can dear! :D Go ahead.

I just read this and I was guilty of doing all of these at one point. I need to try something different.

May I link this?

@Lucia, yes you my link to this article.

Great great post!!!!! These are spot-on! I was considering disabling right-click on my blog and putting a custom (cute!) cursor, because of another blogger lol. Thankfully, I read your post just in time! Thanks!

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Article: Things you need to stop adding/doing to your blogs

Blogged by: Kitty on Friday, January 20, 2012  
Commentators: Blogger Chazzie Fairuz, Blogger Kitty, Blogger Aneisha, Anonymous Lucia, Blogger Kitty, Blogger Denise,
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We all use HTML tags, CSS and sometimes Javascript to improve the presentation of our blog. And I say there's nothing wrong with that. However, when we tend to abuse, or in a more lighter term, overuse them. It makes your website/blog look cluttered and heavy. Moreover, those scripts/code snippets are not necessary so why use them?

Here's a list of tags/codes that you need to stop using:

1. Disable right-click script
I've written an article dedicated entirely on this topic. Basically, this script does nothing but to increase the page load time of your blog and annoy visitors.

2. Blinks and marquees
Blinking texts are not only hard to read, especially those who have visual problems. Please remember that your blog is not solely for your eyes, but also others who happen to drop by your site. Consider their needs as well.

<marquee> tag is another outdated code and should stay in the 90's. But perhaps you'd like to see it yourself?

4. Custom cursors
Custom cursors can be used to make the blog look somewhat aesthetically pleasing. However, I feel that custom cursors should only be used to convey useful functions. More often than not when people use custom cursors on their websites, the cursors do not change its appearance when the page is busy (the default cursor here is the hourglass) or when hovering over links (default cursor: a hand). Changing cursors in a web page can be disorienting and/or annoying to some users and is generally considered bad practice.

5. Comic Sans font
This font is only suitable if you are designing posters slideshow presentations for kids; but on semi-professional professional websites and even blogs, they look as if it's been constructed as a piece of joke.

6. Background music
Unless your blog is a music-related website, this option should not be used. Not all visitors share your taste in music and telling them to turn off their speakers will not please your visitors at all. Here's an article I wrote about background music.

7. Using animated gifs
Splashing your website with animated gifs is soooo outdated. Animated gifs are a type of graphics that have .gif extension and they can be animated by combining a series of images.

8. Misleading or tricking your visitors
Often I see blogs with a "Click here" link or button. With no explanation whatsover, the blog owner invites the visitors to click on the link. Visitors eventually find themselves clicking on a referral link that leads them to a different website. To be frank, this is extremely annoying. When visitors come to your blog, they would expect this 'surprise link' to be something useful for them. However it comes to be the opposite.

9. Giving the wrong credits
It is highly annoying when I see people crediting Google for the images/resources they get from the internet. Google is not the source where those resources come from. It is a search engine and it only displays the links as to where you can get the resources from. Imagine someone was to take something from your blog and credit Google for it instead. Wouldn't it piss you off too?

10. Putting warnings in source code.
Putting warning notes in source code is a childish act. Threatening visitors with words like "I'll gorge your eyes out if you steal my codes" do not scare off the "stealers" but instead, make you sound as if you have an inferiority complex.


If you are interested in this article, there a second part to it. Things you need to stop adding/doing to your blogs

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Comments to Article: Things you need to stop adding/doing to your blogs:


oh dear, you speak my mind!!
can I link your article on AFF? everyone NEEDS to read this!

@Chazzie, yup you can dear! :D Go ahead.

I just read this and I was guilty of doing all of these at one point. I need to try something different.

May I link this?

@Lucia, yes you my link to this article.

Great great post!!!!! These are spot-on! I was considering disabling right-click on my blog and putting a custom (cute!) cursor, because of another blogger lol. Thankfully, I read your post just in time! Thanks!

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