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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

Body Jewellery Shop – Labret Studs Page – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 29, 2015

June 29th, 2015 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments: Found this on reddit. Try to scroll – it doesn’t work! You have to use the arrow keys.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Hmm. The arrow keys don’t do anything when I try to use them. This no-scroll mistake is easily fixed – and should have been easily avoided in the first place. A much bigger issue involves the fact that the page fails Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test. And WebPageTest.org isn’t thrilled with the page. It gets a grade of “C” for “First Byte Time” for the 1.472Mb page size and 8.66 second total load time. It’s interestng that the word “jewellery” has two “l’s” in it.

Body Jewellery Shop – Labret Studs Page

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Irish Self Builder – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 18, 2015

June 17th, 2015 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments: I was gathering some info on the topic of buying vs building a house when I came across this monstrosity. Seriously! Animated GIFs, tables for layout! Jeez! My eyes hurt!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, Google is going to hate this site. It’s not mobile friendly, its PageSpeed score is 65/100 for Mobile User Experience and 70/100 for mobile speed. Hasn’t the owner of the site ever seen another website? Ever?

Irish Self Builder

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Tradewise 64 – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 16, 2015

June 15th, 2015 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitters’ comments: A nauseous slideshow of giant images – my favourite is the filthy hand grabbing the chess piece.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: My major confusion was over trying to figure out what the page was about. Once I understood it was about auto insurance for chess players, it all made sense – except for the need for the background images. They don’t show up on iPad or iPhone version – just the desktop. Lose them. I also don’t understand the controls at the bottom right of the screen. The sound icon seems to have no function.

The iPhone version seems to be acceptable. I’d like it if the tagline about being the insurer of the chess federation were more readable.

Tradewise64

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Advertising That Sucks – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 9, 2015

June 8th, 2015 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: Today’s Lesson: It’s important to make sure the ads that run on your website are appropriate. I was relaxing with my iPad and decided to search for “dead marine pictures.” An important fact: I was signed in to my Google account and I was using the Chrome browser. It wasn’t the results that disturbed me (and the pictures are disturbing) so much as the ad that appeared above the pictures. Google knows me better and more intimately than my wife. Google knows that I’m not the target (sorry) demographic. They know my age, height, weight, skin tone, whatever else. This is the wrong ad. Now, of course, the clincher is “You Don’t Show Dead Bodies of Past Employees to Future Employees.”

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Touch of Modern – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 18, 2015

May 17th, 2015 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: There was a targeted ad on a site I was visiting (I think BBC). The image looked cool, so I figured I’d check out the site.

You can’t even browse the site unless you create an account.

Let me repeat that:

This is a site that sells stuff. You can’t even look at what they have to sell, unless you give up your email or Facebook account first. Needless to say, I just navigated away, and have no plans to return.

Oh, I’m also exactly the kind of customer they want; with one exception. I don’t feel like giving some hipster my private info on the off chance they might have something I want to buy (which, I imagine, requires a DNA sample). PLONK

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Fab—remember the jerkoff Fab website? They also made you register before you could see anything but even hipster-douchebag Fab stopped using this stupid technique. What kind of idiot do The Touch of Modern folks think I am? Do they think I’m going to register just to see fucking furniture?

Hitler hated the Jews. The KKK hates blacks (and a lot of other types). I hate STOOPID people. Not people who are born with low intelligence; I hate really smart people who do stupid shit like make you register to see your website.

As I’ve said since 1996, people will only wait for a website to load or will register if they can see pictures of naked and/or dead bodies.

It’s entirely possible I’ve used this site before. I think I’ve used three other sites who make you register before you can see the website.

Touch of Modern

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