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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.

Manzella’s Fruit Market – Example of Bad Web Design for February 21, 2011

February 21st, 2011 6:06 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Maybe it’s not a Daily Sucker, but it’s not good. This is for a local green grocer. It’s all Flash and the landing page is not the Home page. Finding the weekly ad or business hours requires more clicking around than necessary. That info should be front and center for customers. There is a lot of clickable stuff that simply does nothing. For some reason the weekly ad is almost always an overly large PDF. The music can’t be shut off. It’s a good store but a bad site.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: You’re wrong, it is the Daily Sucker, and a quite worthy addition.

The site was created back in 2008 when Flash websites were still relevant (that’s a lie on my part, but I’m trying to be nice). There’s nothing on this website that can’t be done in HTML. They could still keep the fruit and vegetable animations if they wanted. If you can do it in HTML, then do it. You can get a better, more easily edited and less expensive website with HTML.

I’ve seen so many sucky sites that I know to look for business hours and phone numbers under the “Contact” link. You’re right. It should be front and center.  I never did find any weekly ads, but I did find dead links. If you go to the “Other Goods” page and look under the second column heading (“Our staff is here to help”), you’ll see what looks like links (“Lottery Tickets”, etc.), but they’re not. Also, on the “Gift Baskets” page there’s not enough contrast between the text and the background.

At first glance, the site appears to be OK, but it sucks.

Manzella’s Fruit Market

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