Since Heal Your Church Website has everything to do with churches and web design, I thought it fun to compile a list of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design.’ However, being such a catchy phrase, I figured surely there would be one or two sites out there bearing the same title and simlar content. So to avoid confusion and accusations of plagiarism I decided to check it out. WOW. I was wrong. There aren’t one or two, but dozen such sites. Each unique, each having something useful to say.
While I have every good intention of developing my own list sometime in the future, I figured I would give you some of these links on order of preference (on my part). Most are useful. Some are ironic. I’ve found most, if not all, the regular readers here to be really, really smart people. So I figure … well … you’ll figure it out which end is what and what end is up:
- Seven Deadly Sins of Information Design – By Drue Miller – “Gluttony, sloth, and lust are fine sins for most real-world interactions, but sinning on the Web requires special skills. To help you avoid an eternity in the fiery pits, here’s a handy guide to the Seven Deadly Sins of Information Design.” – What she said, times x 70!
- Story: Seven Deadly Web Site Sins (And Why You Must Avoid Them at All Costs) – Posted over 4 years ago (that’s gotta be at least 280 in computer years), yet most of what this article says applies to church web sites. How sad.
- Seven Deadly Sins of Web Design – not only does this include some title attribution to St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope Gregory the Great, but it has as one of it’s sins something I really hate: Pages that trap you. Amen brother!
- perl.com: Seven Deadly Sins of Perl [Nov. 01, 1996] – a really old list, compiled by that advocatus diaboli, Tom Christiansen, much of what is said here can still be interpolated as things to avoid while coding your CGI.
- Avoiding Seven Deadl MultiMedia Design and Presentation SinsThomas H. Cunningham, Ph.D poses this list after posing the following question: “Have you ever attended a lecture or conference presentation where the presenter projected text material that was unreadable to all but the people in the first few rows? Have you ever seen a World Wide Web page where the color combinations made your eyes cross? As I attend various professional conferences or browse through web pages, I pay attention to not only what is being presented but also how it is presented.”
- Seven Deadly Sins Of Affiliate Programs – we’ve all seen them. Usually in the form of selling a book on Amazon. However, the author of this article asserts that the question is no longer whether or not you should have an affiliate program. The question now is how to set up a successful affiliate program.
- ThinkQuest Competitors: Avoiding the Seven Deadly sins – While this this page specifically aims its advice advice at those participating in the ThinkQuest competition, an open competition for students and coaches to create both a usable and creative Web sites on an educational topic, I think it is applicable to the rest of us.
- The Seven Sins of Deadly Meetings – If you’ve ever suffered through a church committee or business meeting to get your site online or maintained, then you need to read this.
- Seven ( ) Deadly Sins of Web Design – practice what you preach.
- Business Web Site design and updates from Custom Internet Limited physician, heal thy page – short, sweet – but ugh, the color selection.
- 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Heavenly Virtues – nothing to do with design, but where else can you find seven deadly sin swag? Some good informational links here about the original list as well.