To start off, keep in mind that web development, like any other 'craft', is a subjective process, and that any one opinion may differ from the next. The idea is not to establish what is right or wrong, but to try to lay down some ground rules and to give you a place to start. Everything has its place, but try to use tools when they enhance what you're trying to get across, instead of just downloading things and throwing them in because they look neat.
Try to avoid things that have been done a million times before, and are getting a little tired. These might include:
excessive animated .GIF's
under construction signs
page fade-ins, etc.
You are so right for the animated gifs... but as for a Under Construction image, it is informative and mandatory if you want to keep maximum visitors when your site is down.
hey dont forget that marquee effect which is really irritating but of course if you use some effects over marquee, like which can scroll up and down using your mouse.... and all that.
plain marquee effect is the best to be avoided.
I agree with the marquee...that gets very annoying after awhile. I also want to add Blinking text....which i suppose could go along with .gif....unless your site is very popular and visited often leave that out. on occassions you need some things to stick out at people....but make sure its neat and not terribly ugly.
oh ya...one more thing...Alert messeges and popups. they can be distracting...and may slow or freeze your viewers PC. which will cause them to take there bussiness elsewhere.
nice tipps, i also design,
and i really could use these tips
Another bad thing to add is the constant fixed at the location navigation that keep following you everywhere.
And most of all, I hate it when your mouse has a little banner attached to it that animates everytime you move it. You know, the one where little words follow it, or your mouse cursor is a F@cking smiley face or something. That is just annoying and makes me want to leave the site.
that marquee isnt bad at all....but how do you use the images like that to make the template? can you explain that to me please ive always wanted to know! lol