Nick France Design is thrilled to officially announce that we are a part of the UpCity community of top B2B service providers!

At Nick France Design, we create a social media strategy to optimize social engagement to foster a relationship with your customers and promote trust, thought leadership, and most importantly, confidence for our clients. Our strength in web design is creating compelling visual communications based upon marketing objectives, ensuring that the creative intent true to the goals for each website. 

Featured on UpCity

UpCity is a resource that helps connect businesses to service providers they can trust. With more than 70,000 listed providers—from marketing agencies to accounting firms to HR consultants to IT specialists, and many more—2 million businesses (and counting) have visited UpCity to research and identify the best partner for their needs. 

 

UpCity’s proprietary algorithm utilizes a variety of digital signals to measure the credibility, trustworthiness, and recommendability of B2B service providers across the U.S. and Canada. These digital data points like reviews (both on UpCity and other third-party review sites), presence in relevant search results, domain authority, website speed, and experience help UpCity connect businesses with outstanding service providers like Nick France Design. 

We are proud to be listed in this vibrant and growing community and want to thank our clients for all of the love and support you have shown our business. 



Nick France Design, located in Brooksville, FL is a full service web design and graphic design firm. We specialize in web design and development for small business and non-profit organizations. We also offer Social Media consulting and services, as well as branding and print design services.

There are many types of problems bad websites can suffer from and they don’t always stand out on the surface but they can hurt your business in the background. Bad websites don’t always start out bad, but evolve as such over time and they usually result in these three categories: user experience (UX) issues, content issues or problems with design issues.

Let’s break down the top 10 bad website issues by category.

 

Bad website UX issues

 

1. Too Many Menu Options

Studies show that when confronted with too many options, the brain gets anxious and won’t select any. The old saying, “less is more” is true and never more true than in a website’s menu navigation or architecture. Menus and options all over the page will cause the eyes to glaze over and shut down causing the user to likely bounce from your site.

2. Can’t Find Most Important Information

Just as too many menu options are a problem, not being able to find options, or key links, are a problem as well and will kill your bottom line. Don’t bury key information behind too many clicks or in odd locations. That’s a sure way to have your visitors hightail it straight to your competition.

3. Lack Of Next Steps Or Lateral Opportunities

One of the biggest “bad website mistakes” when it comes to UX is when the user comes to the end of a post or page and it the lacks more enticing or related content. Not allowing the user to discover more related content will cause a dead end or the end of the journey without a conversion.

Bad website content issues

4. Purpose Is Unclearly Defined

When a user comes to your site, they should be able to easily understand who you are and what services or products you offer. Don’t make them have to sift through unclear jargon, acronyms they don’t understand or words that don’t say anything or speak to them. Have clear and visible content so they don’t have to hunt around to learn what it is you offer. Make your offer easy to understand and have concise details that convert into sales.

It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05 seconds) for users to form an opinion about your website that determines whether they’ll stay or leave. Make that impression impressive and clear.

5. Bad Grammar

Conversational language on your website is fine, but unintentional bad grammar is not. Make no mistake about it, there’s no excuse for it with all the online tools available today. 

A couple of mistakes won’t hurt your search ranking. However, grammar and spelling are quality signals among Google’s 200+ ranking factors. If users often exit your website due to bad grammar giving a negative impression of your attention to detail, Google picks up on those signals.

6. Poor Visual Content

Outdated and inconsistent styling, low-quality stock photography, images or videos and mismatched typography are huge huge telltale signs of a bad website. Outdated or low quality visual content are often the reason we end up redesigning a new or existing client’s website. They may be great companies with great products or services but they’ve fallen victim to a bad website because they have missing key content or feel unprofessional due to an outdated design.

Your website needs to have visual impact with compelling imagery, one that’s  easily readable, and evokes a sense of trust and says you’re a leader in your industry.

7. Incorrect Or Ignored Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Content plays a significant role when it comes to SEO. You can invest in a well designed, well planned website, but it will all be for naught if no-one finds it and doesn’t rank well by neglecting SEO. And that will hurt your business. Google doesn’t care about your business, so you have to play by their rules to rank well and rank for the right searches. SEO is an on-going strategy and discipline so you have to keep up and adapt to all the changes. It’s not a “do-it-once” and never re-optimize again situation. You also must optimize for the correct search intent.

Incorrect optimization brings in the wrong traffic, and that results in negative engagement signaling Google to rank you lower, and that will only result in lower conversions. Ignoring SEO takes the control out of your hands and places it entirely up to chance that users will find your website.

Bad website design issues

8. Not Mobile Friendly

More than 50% of your web traffic is likely coming from mobile so not having a website optimized for mobile is one of the worst web design mistakes you can make. Your users are experiencing great websites all day long. If they come to your site and the images and copy aren’t scaled down for a small screen, or some content doesn’t display properly, they’re gone. Besides, Google has shifted the playing field towards mobile, so it’s paramount that you have a mobile friendly website to rank according to Google’s mobile-first indexing.

9. Too Slow

We’ve all been to the site that takes forever to load and let’s face it, no one likes it, including Google and it affects your search ranking, big time. Google makes it clear that page experience plays an absolutely essential role in Google Search ranking. This new page experience signal is a combination of Core Web Vitals. Website load time is vital from a UX and SEO standpoint. Google demands it, your users demand it, and you can’t afford not to bring it.

Slow page loads can be due to the server where your site is hosted, and you may need to run updates or get technical support. It could also be that you have large images or video slowing it down. Your site’s code can also impact speed. We can monitor and correct issues with our SEO maintenance plan. Whatever the reason, a slow website costs you visitors.

10. Not Secure

If your page URLs start with http rather than https, your site isn’t securely hosted. This sends out warning signals to your customers. Plus, Google favors secure websites, so you’re sending negative ranking signals. Chrome and other browsers also warn your users if they’re about to visit a non-secure site. If your audience cares about their privacy and data (and who doesn’t?), this warning can drive them away. 

Site security extends beyond your hosting, and includes all aspects of your website. Learn how to protect your WordPress website in this article from Best VPN.

 


Ready to take the next step? Learn all about what makes a great website!

 

About the author:
Nick France has been designing everything from ads to websites for over thirty-five years and it’s obviously engrained in his DNA at this point. When he’s not designing or writing he’s usually found loving on his family or strapped to a guitar, singing his heart out. 

Top 30 Florida Web DesignNick France Design has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Florida Web Design companies for 2021 by DesignRush.

DesignRush is a B2B marketplace that connects brands with professional full-service agencies, web design companies, digital marketing firms, and top technology companies.

Their platform lists over 9,300 agencies from over 50 different countries and is consulted by thousands of decision-makers looking to start a project.

“It’s genuinely an honor for our agency to be acknowledged for our website design skills and being one of the Top 30 Web Design companies in Florida. This is especially notable since we are in such a competitive market in growing Hernando County that serves clients all across the Tampa Bay Area.”  – Nick France, Founder of Nick France Design

Expectations Exceeded for Nick France Design

Nick France Design has continued to steadily expand its business, mainly due to the shift of local businesses across our local area increasingly pivoting to digital channels. During this time, Nick France Design has grown its committment to accommodate the additional client workload while maintaining a stellar 5.0 out of five stars on Google My Business’ review network.


Nick France Design, located in Brooksville, FL is a full service web and graphic design firm. We specialize in web design and development for small business and non-profit organizations. We also offer Social Media consulting and services, as well as branding and print design services.

Free stock photos are a great resource, especially when you’re bootstrapping a new business or starting a new blog. Whether it’s for your website, Keynote or PowerPoint presentations, your blog or social media; free stock photos drive home your message far better than content without photos. In fact, all content should always have photos. And remember, graphics and photos will not only enhance your content but they will boost your search engine optimization (SEO) ranking. Always remember to use alt tags with your photos for accessibility.

I’ve put together a list of sites with free stock photos that are not only 100% free, royalty free, but they offer photos that are under the Public Domain or the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

Here’s a brief overview of the three main types of copyright categories:

Public Domain – Photos in the public domain either have expired copyrights or their creators have relinquished all their rights. These photos are free for personal or commercial use.

Royalty Free – This simply means that you pay a fee and then use the photo without paying additional royalties or licensing fees. This also means you don’t have to give attribution.

Creative Commons ­– By specifying a particular Creative Commons (CC) license, you can use photos that are licensed CC. Photos with a CC0 license means the photographer has relinquished all rights, and a CC 2.0 requires the user to provide attribution.

Here’s the list of websites with 100% free stock photos … you can thank me later.

Pexels – Searchable CC0 images. (By far the best on this list)

Pixabay – Public domain images

SplitShire – Free photos with no copyright restrictions.

Unsplash – New photos released every 10 days. CC0 license.

Burst – By Shopify, free stock photos for entrepreneurs. CC0 licence.

Stockpic – Beautiful free stock photos

Barn Images – Free for personal or commercial use.

FreeRange Stock – Free high-res images, registration required.

KaboomPics – Free for personal or commercial use.

Freestocks – Free and licensed under CC0.

Good Free Photos – Public domain.

Negative Space – Free for personal or commercial use.

StockSnap – Beautiful free stock photos

Jay Mantri – Free and licensed under CC0.

ISO Republic – Free to use.

PicJumbo – Free for personal or commercial use.

Life of Pix – Public domain images.

MMT Stock – Free to use under CC0.

Shot Stash – Free stock photos for all your projects.

Foodie’s Feed – High-res food images.

Pickup Image – Searchable database of public domain images.

Photogen – Free for personal or commercial use.

Gratisography – Free images by Ryan McGuire. CC0.

Death to the Stock Photo – Delivered monthly to your inbox.

Skitterphoto – License-free photos, free to use under CC0.

Morgue File – A huge repository of free photos.

pdpics – Public domain images.

New Old Stock – Vintage photos


Newly added free stock photos:

Rawpixel – Changing the way people see stock photos. Premium and free stock photos available – our link goes right to free.

FancyCrave – An online resource providing free public domain photo packs.

stockvault – A free stock photo community where photographers & artists share their photos and artwork.

BURST – Stunning stock images, perfect for blogs and websites. Free stock photos for websites and commercial use.

IM FREE – Free stock photos and templates. A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.

Startup Stock Photos – Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else.

jay mantri – Free pics. Do anything (CCO). Make Magic.

PIKWIZZARD – Free stock photos for all your creative needs. Free for personal and commercial use.

Magdeleine – Photographer – A free hi-resolution photo every day.

Travel Coffee Book – Sharing beautiful travel moments. All photos are listed under CCO.

Visual Hunt – We hunt free high quality stock photos. CCO 100% free.

Get Refe – Get free ref real life photos. Royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos.


New in 2021:

Reshot – Authentic free stock photos. Curated for you to use in your next creative project, for free!

Nappy – Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free.

PICoGRAPHY – Gorgeous, High-Resolution, Free Photos that you can use however you like with their free license.


Free stock photos samples

Conclusion

Be sure to check the licensing on each website as they are always subject to change. It’s important to use photos that are legal. If at all possible, mention the source or the photographer.

Please feel free to reference this article when you need a photo for your project and share this awesome resource with others that are in need of quality, free stock photos for their projects. Remember when I said, “you can thank me later”?

It’s later. 🙂


About the author:
Nick France has been designing everything from ads to websites for over thirty-five years and it’s obviously engrained in his DNA at this point. When he’s not designing or writing he’s usually found loving on his family or strapped to a guitar, singing his heart out.

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Nick France Design is thrilled to officially announce that we are a part of the UpCity community of top B2B service providers! At Nick France Design, we create a social media strategy to optimize social engagement to foster a relationship with your customers and promote trust, thought leadership, and most importantly, confidence for our clients. […]
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