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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.

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

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

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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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