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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.

Village of Crestwood – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 26, 2012

September 26th, 2012 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Found a website that I thought could be a strong contender. Love the gear shaped “oo”s in the name “Crestwood.”

I don’t know why a minivan is for sale on the front of a municipal website. Additionally, the bottom of the page says ” NOTE: This site is not officially associated with the Village of Crestwood. DJM Technologies is funding this project independently…” They are, however, soliciting new ideas for the village’s website and “If you would like to support my efforts in creating the Village of Crestwood web site feel free to make a contribution.”

To make matters even better, I called the village (for a work-related matter) and was told by the person who answered the phone that the offices were closed and that I couldn’t speak to anyone during non-business hours. Why she answered the phone, I don’t know.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: There’s a lack of contrast between the text and the background, which makes the text hard to read; however, the real problem is the “site” is just a bunch of links to other community websites. Speaking of community websites, if you want to see a site that really sucks, try the Crestwood Fire Department.

Village of Crestwood

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rollingpet.net – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 25, 2012

September 25th, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: It’s a catalog! Another case of a company that doesn’t know what a website is FOR. I’m not about to download some stinking huge PDF file just to see what they’ve got.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The web is not about putting your catalogs online. I like dogs—other people’s dogs. Even when I owned a dog, I would never ever visit a site like this because it’s too much trouble to find out what they could offer my dog.

I couldn’t read yesterday’s Daily Sucker, Carol House Furniture, because there wasn’t enough contrast between the text and the background. Today, I can’t read the text on the site because it’s too small. Didn’t anybody notice that no matter how big/small you resize the window YOU STILL CAN’T READ THE TEXT?

When it comes to websites, If I can’t read it, I’m gonna leave it.


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Carol House Furniture – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 24, 2012

September 24th, 2012 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: I’ve been into Carol House Furniture before and they have really nice stuff. In fact, their slogan is “because you like nice things.” Their website, though…well, let’s just say that it’s “because we like web pages that suck” and lemme tell ya, it does!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: When I went to their home page I discovered it was really a splash page–a splash page I couldn’t read because there wasn’t enough contrast between the text (#999) and the background (#FFF). Clicking the “Enter” button opens a new window and takes you to their Flash-based website. When it comes to websites, Flash is dead, dead, dead. The page also has two people talking at me. Nobody goes to a web page to have people talk at you. The top menu is not easy to read because the first line also lacks contrast.

If you click “Furniture Selection” and click “Bedrooms” and then “Bedspreads” and finally click “California Kids,” a new window opens and you’re taken to the California Kids website. The navigation is confusing.

Carol House Furniture

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The Pickled Ploughman – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 14, 2012

September 14th, 2012 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: This one is a total shocker. Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) here is taken to a whole new level.  Once you delve into one level, you have to spot the little ‘trap door’ icon to get out again.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: An example that shows that using the latest and greatest (HTML5) doesn’t guarantee you a great looking website. The MMN is pretty bad, although they think that periodically showing the subpage names gets them off the hook. No. People have to wait and waiting is not what the Internet is about.

The worst part about the MMN is the text in the middle says “Hover over the images to navigate our site.” Only 5 of the 12 images are navigational links.

The Pickled Ploughman

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Beyond Debt – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 11, 2012

September 11th, 2012 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: This bunch were advertising on TV, and I looked them up to see if they were providing a genuine service. It seems they are, but I was intrigued by the Latin tagline on their home page:

Ut a nunc ornare velit ornare ullamcorper sed eu magna.

So I used Google search and it presented several unrelated sites, but they all seemed to have a similar layout — a WordPress theme, it seems. The text is placeholder text, but possibly with an actual meaning relating to the theme; my Latin is extremely rusty and I’m not certain either way. It’s fine that some of the pages appear to be works in progress, and are full of Lorem Ipsum.

But beyonddebt.com.au is advertising on TV. And they have meaningless, at least to them, text on their home page.


Vincent Flanders’ comments: I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are many Latin-speaking Australians. I also don’t think the phrase “Ut a nunc ornare velit…” translates to “Are you struggling with debt.” A more likely translation would be “Es vos nixor per debitum?”

When viewed under IE8, you can’t view the phone number in the upper-right corner of the home page. You can view it in Google Chrome. They need to use a service like BrowserCam to test their site.

My best guess is the site is “nearing completion,” but since they’re advertising on TV, they need to have the site fully functional. Serious mistake.

Beyond Debt

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