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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.

Pine-Sol – Example #2 of Bad Web Design for June 1, 2011

June 1st, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Ohdeargod this site is abysmal. Impossible to navigate, overwhelming to look at, a fondness for orange-on-white text (in Flash, can’t be selected to copy/paste). Easily one of the worst product websites I’ve ever had the displeasure of visiting.

I just wanted to know if we could use Pine Sol on wood…

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If you know where to look, or if you get lucky, it isn’t hard to find the answer to your question. Unfortunately, it’s not good to base your navigation on your visitors’ luck or prior knowledge of a site they’ve never visited.

Initially, I was overwhelmed by all the choices. Since my monitor is set up in portrait mode, as soon as the page loads it starts scrolling. Not only is there some vertical scrolling, there is lots of horizontal scrolling. The key to finding out what to do is focus on the middle green square—”WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PINE-SOL.” The trick is to notice the small type that says, “Or click on”, which is followed by TABLE OF CONTENTS. That’s the secret square. “Cleaning wood” is one of the menu choices.

Too confusing. On the other hand, someone did a nice job of making the 2 billion different colors work harmoniously with each other.


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