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Your actor website should load fast

Actor Website sin #29

Thy site should load sometime this century

Listen, I understand the phrase "less is more", but this ain't it. Google's homepage may have just a big search bar and nothing else, but this shouldn't be true of your website showcasing your work....

If your website is not ready for people to see it, it's just not ready

Actor Website sin #28

Thou shalt not confuse me on how to sin your website

What-a-what? I just gotta say, if your website is not there yet, don't share it with the world. Then again... who knows, maybe you're okay with misspelling of menu items. Maybe you're okay with...

Mislabeling your main menu

Actor Website sin #27

Thou shalt know definition of the word "News"

Imagine going to an ice cream store and requesting a scoop of frosty delight below the cover clearly labeled "blueberry". How would you feel if the salesperson reached beneath the cover and handed you...

Using 3rd party plugins might break your pages

Actor Website sin #26

Thy shalt be careful with thy 3rd party plugins

Another acting website hosting company giant has taken a "break"... the best part - it's on the website they use as a main example of their actors website, and it's been there for at least a week. ...

List titles of your videos

Actor Website sin #25

Thou shalt use words

When I came to this website, I was so glad that " Video #1 " was listed first. It's a huge pet peeve of mine when " Video #71 " is listed first. What happened to the first 70 videos? Were they...

Be careful what you put on your image backgrounds

Actor Website sin #24

Thou shalt not make me squint

I visited a virtual mountain. While there, among other things, I found a teal bird, a teal square-circle, and some other teal objects. I can't really teal what they are, because of how teal they...

Lose the visitor counter on your actor website

Actor Website sin #23

Thou shalt stop counting visitors

Besides the big gap between this counter and the huge ad for Wix on this page, I'm curious about the message that is hidden underneath the counter itself. If it's hidden, it must be great, right? It's...

Be careful with your actor website menu

Actor Website sin #22

Thou shalt not let thy menu collide with thy message

I came. I saw. I serevvieceeys. I scrolled through this page and I saw a hidden message in the menu. I think it was put there by Satan himself, or maybe it was a lazy developer? Not sure, in either...

Endless scrolling on your actor website

Actor Website sin #21

Thou shalt stop thy website from endless scrolling

Now, I understand that some of you love the clicking sound of your mouse wheel as you scroll through the endless blank space of your website, or better yet, you might be an enthusiast of upward...

Don't ever autoplay your actor reel

Actor Website sin #20

Thou shalt not force thy actor reel onto thy neighbor

While doing some late night browsing, my speakers were possessed by not one, not two, but three voice-over actors. One spoke about his past cartoons he was involved in, another mentioned a film...

Too many ADS take focus from YOU

Actor Website sin #19

Thou shalt not have any ads on thy website

This WIX website is brought to you by some actor, but pay no attention to him, because for only $5 you can get a professional log! #professionallog Oh and did we say it was a WIX website, yes...

Not optimizing your website for a mobile experience

Actor Website sin #18

Thou shalt use font large enough to read

Somebody get me a magnifying glass, pronto! I need to read this actor's bio. This website was in Flash, so of course I right clicked it and clicked "zoom in" and it was all broken. So I decided to...

Unpublished SquareSpace website

Actor Website sin #17

Thou shalt not link to unpublished website

WARNING: this website exploded into a million little pieces. If you'd like to view it's actual content click refresh 27 times at the rate of 3 refreshes per second. Not slower! Not faster! We dig it...

List your actual name in titles on all of your pages

Actor Website sin #16

Thou shalt optimize thy keywords

I searched for "I <3 NY" and I found this actor website. The least you can do is list your name in all your titles. If people are looking for you, there's a chance they won't find you if your...

Clashing colors, ads and more

Actor Website sin #15

Thou shalt not use clashing colors on thy outdated actor website

1990s called. They want their website back. Oh wait, they couldn't call, they were using the phone line for the dial-up. Maybe they faxed? Yes, they faxed. This one is all squished in the upper left...

Picking a horrid design

Actor Website sin #14

Thou shalt spare my eyes from further suffering

Lights! Shiny things! Dots! Sparkly! Where are my sunglasses? This design just screams "GO ELSEWHERE". I had to tone my blur way down, because things are barely readable as it is. The horrible...

Add an overlay to make text visible on your actor website

Actor Website sin #13

Thou shalt use overlays for thy headings

We interrupt this website to bring you a breaking headline. Get it? Headline? Breaking? Ahh, never mind. Here's a great example of a good design, nice menu, great photo, but wait, did you see that...

Fonts. Fonts. Fonts.

Actor Website sin #12

Thou shalt use a font designed within the last 4 score and 7 years

My fair lady, thy website wast clearly not design'd in this century. Thou shalt hire a new e-scribe! There's absolutely no reason for anyone to pick a funky font for the bio on your actor website....

Invisible links

Actor Website sin #11

Thou shalt fill in the blanks thyself

Something, something, A VERB, something something A NOUN. Am I reading an actor bio or playing Mad Libs? Believe it or not, this is an example of a website one of my competitors is using. That's...

Your actor website should look professional.

Actor Website sin #10

Thou shalt not scare thy visitors

What in the world am I looking at? I'm actually a little scared right now. Did your website just hex me?!! Your actor website should look professional, yet, I have no clue what in the world I'm...

Outdated look on your actor website

Actor Website sin #9

Thou shalt not repeat thyself

This website was probably built at the same time this photo was taken, but can you spot another issue here? Does this actor website look outdated? Yes. Does it feel I could print it and use it as...

Incomplete designs on your actor website.

Actor Website sin #8

Thou shalt follow through with thy designs

Incomplete designs on your actor website look unprofessional, and if people see anything like that it will be hard to unsee it. Let's take a look. There's a border on the right hand side of the menu,...

Improperly cropped images and empty sidebars

Actor Website sin #7

Thou shalt not lose thy head

Here's the last example from this particular competitor. The image that is cropped improperly with the head cut off demonstrating that you will be beheaded after you get that website. The sidebar...

Add some personality to your actor website

Actor Website sin #6

Thou shalt add content to thy website

No shoes, no service. No text, no search engines Simple is good, but sometimes you need more than just 2 videos. I actually like the design a bit. Not sure what clouds have to do with acting, but...

Warning! Plugin overload!!!!

Actor Website sin #5

Thou shalt not overwhelm thy visitors

Wow. The only plugin missing here is the big abort button. I know you want people to find you on your social media, but don't just stick all the plugins on one page and expect everything to look...

Be careful with the background usage

Actor Website sin #4

Thou shalt be careful about thy bio placement

Disclaimer: I normally don't do this, but I reached out to this girl and let her know that this is happening, because... well, you can see why. I didn't even have to manipulate and blur the bio,...

Contact a who?

Actor Website sin #3

Thou shalt be more specific

If you don't have a contact form at least list the full name of your talent agencies. Contact a who? I swear that I did not edit the names of the companies I need to contact to book this lady. NTA...

Disappearing menu

Actor Website sin #2

Thou shalt offer clearer guidance

Now you see me, now you don't. The magic trick of a disappearing menu. When I first landed on this actor website I thought there was no menu, just a slideshow. Then I saw the menu. Then I didn't see...

The sneaky Weebly

Actor Website sin #1

Thou shalt not allow Weebly to take advantage of thou

Most attractive thing on your actor website shouldn't be a form to register for a website! I was going to pick on the menu on this website which wasn't very visible. Then I saw that on mobile...

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