7 outdated web design trends

7 outdated web design trends

Find out which are the 7 most outdated web design trends. We all evolve as designers and likewise, the market evolves, as well as the trends in web design do.

So that things, which were valid previously, are not anymore. Besides being not “stylish” it causes more rejection than builds up a wish of customers to buy something from your business. That is why we wanted to mention some of them, and please, if you have it on a website... Change it!

Too many social networks

This is undoubtedly one of the trends in web design that hinders us the most. Yes, we got it: you are online. You have a Facebook page, you know what Reddit is, you got Pinterest and could be found on pretty much any social network, and even have a TikTok where you and your team dance a cooperative choreography. But... Do I really care? It is essential to establish the means for your content to be shared but it should not be massively distributed. For example, can I share your website on Instagram? Surely you could but does it make any sense? Does anyone really use Google+ in addition to a positioning strategy? So, we are going to reduce the links to social networks to a few, those that interest us and those that project a beautiful image of your brand. Many people open all kinds of profiles on social networks when creating a website to have all the possible icons. The truth is, we think it is a serious mistake since the icons take you somewhere and that "somewhere" will not have anything updated, it is worse. Let's focus on what we are going to promote and what is feasible for us to be able to keep it alive, updated, and with quality information.

Using Flash trends in web design 

Let's remember when the designers worked around Internet Explorer because it was the largest browser. Well, without going into statistics, we can bet that a lot of the visitors go to your website using an iOS device, and you know what doesn't work on their devices? Flash.

It is no longer an as big problem as it used to be but still, there are websites out there that have Flash videos and that means that any users trying to see your content from an iOS device are bogged down. Let's not forget that it has several security problems and sometimes the only solution, for Adobe, is to remove Flash.

Bevel and Emboss Photoshop effects 

Remember when you landed in front of Photoshop and loved to double click on a layer and see all that could be done? There was an excess of Bevel and Emboss (Photoshop effects that intervene in the relief of the image) and no object escaped from the exterior, interior, sparkles, combos, and others. Of course, these effects currently have their place… On the shelf of unnecessary things. So they should no longer be everywhere, especially because the trend in image design is much flatter, bichromate, and clean images. Avoid buttons with gradual effects of color, reliefs, etc ... You will see that they convert (make the client click) much better in a simpler and cleaner version.

Horrible Stock Photos

We've all been in a position to use stock photos for low budgets or some other reason, and you did what you can with whatever means you had. But the secret is that not everyone does their best. Choosing the right photos is the success or failure of a website. It is an uncountable amount of time to come up with the appropriate images that can give the impression that this image was made especially for that project but trust us, it is worth investing in it.


This trend in web design is very useful but it also creates a lot of rejection and should be used with great care. There is nothing more overwhelming than going to read a super-interesting article and pass the obstacle course of popups blocking your way. If it is already horrible on a desktop (desktop computer) imagine how it is on a phone, where you cannot close it.

Popups also have their place and their effectiveness on many occasions but approach them with great care with testing the users' behavior and measuring their behavior on mobile devices. Anyway, a lot of people are thrilled to have that 5% discount popup on their next purchase when they've just opened one of those windows, but the most? They hate it.

Background music

Some web designers want to delight all the senses of surfers. If you are considering this option, keep two things in mind:

Many of your visitors mute the sound and will miss out on what you want to offer them.

Those with sound enabled could be listening to something else apart of getting their ears ready for the amazing symphony which you’ve prepared for them.

That's without considering potential issues like web loading speed, audio license, user experience, etc.

While a few years ago this was a trend in web design, now it has expired.

So, in conclusion, unless it is the website of a DJ or radio station, avoid music.

Web design from Desktop

Forget starting your project from the vision of the desktop computer, and let's move on to the opposite. Let's start the design starting from mobile devices that are the ones that take the cake in navigation use.

It is not enough to make a "responsive" web adaptable to all mobile devices, that is, of course, something so basic that if your website is not responsive you are really out of date and also with a disastrous positioning. Rather, we deploy our talents in an appearance on mobile and consider use and navigation. Many of the elements that we include in the desktop version would have to disappear on the mobile to give priority to clarity, easy navigation, and quick access to information. Also bear in mind that many people who browse with their mobile phones are more limited to the use of the gigabytes of their contract and that those sliders and large images that we display in the desktop version are hindering mobile devices.