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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.

Ad meiorum Dei Gloriam – St. Louise Catholic Church – Bad Web Design Example for August 19, 2011

August 19th, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Since you are or were Catholic I thought you might “like” this site. It’s seriously sucky!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: This church is located in Bellevue, Washington and I used to live in the slums of Bellevue. (Seattle area folks will get the joke. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $544,900. But not in the slums of Bellevue <sigh>.)

The home page is frame-based, which displays the page “correctly” only if you have a large monitor. If your monitor is smaller, you’ll see both sets of frames. The text is way too small and hard to read unless you’re close to the monitor. Sum/many of the subpages have completely different looks like the Confirmation and the Music Ministry pages. Some of the pictures are incorrectly scaled. There’s one 1.4Mb picture that’s 1,500px × 2,10px (scaled to 214px × 299px). Another is 1,024px × 683px (scaled to 700px × 466px). Some of the links open PDFs, but the links don’t identify them as PDFs.

As to the submitter’s comments: yes, I’m a pre-Vatican II, lapsed Catholic. The Latin at the beginning is a remnant from my days at a Jesuit high school. We had to put A.M.D.G. at the top of all our work. It means “For the Greater Glory of God.” That holy thought comes from the same folks who helped bring us the Spanish Inquisition.

St. Louise Catholic Church

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