The Star Wars saga contains wisdom and advice for almost every sphere of human life. It is hard to find someone who has never heard about it; the story of Jedi and Sith confrontation is like modern mythology. I had a Star Wars weekend recently, and I watched all the consecutive movies of the original George Lukas masterpiece (no, not the 7th and 8th film; they are horrible; Extended Universe abandonment is a very BAD Disney idea).
While watching, I suddenly noticed that the way Darth Vader behaved sometimes was vaguely familiar to me. Only a few days later I finally realized what was that – some of the Sith Lord actions could be easily extrapolated to some web developers' common mistakes.
Let’s be sincere; former Anakin Skywalker did a bunch of things wrong. He was a terrible father, flimsy Jedi and mediocre Sith. However, still, he was one of the biggest threats to the galaxy far, far away.
It would be wise to learn from the mistakes of a figure of such scale, especially if you can use it for your website creation and maintenance services process.
Did you create a breathtaking slider but didn’t think carefully about creating a good call to action? You wrote an interesting article, but haven’t added sharp and witty pictures in it? You put a contact form to the page, but set the wrong e-mail the requests have to be sent to? Congratulations! If you answered “yes” to those questions – you are now repeating the Sith Lord’s way.
Don’t do that; I’m serious. Keep an eye on detail, and they will preserve you from falling to the Dark Side.
Your website is vulnerable, and even the best defense apps won’t save it if a nasty hacker goes for it. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to install defense software – oh, no, you should. They will protect your website from common attacks. However, don’t feel too confident and do the regular backups. A saved copy of the website will save you if everything goes wrong.
Don’t believe blindly to anyone. Don’t believe me, or any other source you read. One way or another – it is your website that could be harmed if an advisor is wrong or doesn’t fit your case. That’s why it would be wise to check the sources and pieces of advice before using them; this will save you lots of work and tones of nerves (and a cunning Sith won't fool you).
You can’t afford to ignore your website's visitors and clients. They want to be able to contact you fast and get the answer to their questions not later that in an hour (if not immediately). You will have to work on that and create some way for your customers to talk to you without delays. Besides that, it is useful to ask for feedback sometimes. Who can better evaluate your service or website functionality then direct users?
You can make mistakes - deal with it. We are all imperfect beings, and so are most of our actions. Don’t be too arrogant and check your work from time to time. You even can ask for someone’s help – it is always a better view from aside. And as I mentioned before – customers’ feedback is a precious gem, not a stone they throw at you (well, sometimes it is a rock, but to understand it you will have to look at that rock closely).
Look, I understand that making parallels between Star Wars and web design is a little weird. But there are examples everywhere in our surrounding – in animal life, in books, even in ads. So, why not learn from movies, especially if they are part of one of the best sagas ever shot.
Do you think Darth Vader was wrong in that case? Maybe I missed some logic in his deeds, which you noticed. Please, feel free to discuss it in the comment section below - I’m always happy to talk about the Star Wars universe.
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