Here are 10 sure signs of an amateurish website. Don't let this happen to you by letting someone inexperienced design your website or by hiring a "Web Designer":

   1. Little or no useful content. Visitors won't stick around unless there is real content and not just a simple sales pitch.

   2. Misspelled words, typos, and bad grammar. There is nothing more unprofessional than having spelling and other language errors on a website.

   3. The "too many" syndrome. Too many colors. Too many font sizes. Too many "cute" graphics that don't add value and increase download time.

   4. Gratuitous Flash or animations. Many animations are put on websites for no reason than to impress other web designers. An uncluttered, well-organized website will have a greater impact than one that uses intrusive animations that distract from your message.

   5. Huge graphics or photos that take forever to download. All graphics should be compressed and optimized for the Web.

   6. Tacky clip art. We either modify stock clip art as needed or create graphics from scratch to ensure your website has a professional and distinctive look.

   7. Text too big or all upper-case. Upper-case text should be used sparingly for emphasis only.

   8. Bad color combination that make you dizzy or background graphics that make it difficult to read text on a page.

   9. No apparent means to navigate through the website or to return to a previous page. Easy-to-use websites have a logical structure and use navigational elements in a consistent manner.

  10. Not optimized for search engines. Many websites are not using titles and keywords correctly, or contain code that penalize their rankings in the search engines. Search engine optimization is extremely important if you want anyone to find your website.

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