In the 1990s, website design was in its infancy and no one really knew the difference between right and wrong. Instead, everyone simply used the coolest features they could find from reading their HTML books.
As a result, some of the most annoying and slow-loading websites were created. Thankfully, website design has changed for the better, but some websites still feature some of the most annoying features of a nineties website and, unfortunately, that is really bad for business.
One of the most annoying 1990s trends is the flashing .gif image, which is an epileptic fit-inducing image that flashes bright colors every other second for no apparent reason.
Some websites still have them all over, or have a big row of them. They were annoying, ridiculous and pointless then, and they still are now.
A hit counter is another dinosaur element that has no place in the modern design world either.
Hit counters offer insight into how many times the web page was loaded. They are easily manipulated and go up with every page refresh, making a website look more popular than it actually is. They are silly and can really make a website look very amateurish.
If a small business website features either of these elements, it may be time to consult a professional website designer.
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