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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.

Chilango Restaurants – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 19, 2013

June 19th, 2013 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: I’m just back from a trip to San Francisco, which is Coolness Central. But as we both know, suckiness is too strong a force to stop, even there!

We had heard about a particular restaurant and went online to find out hours and such. My wife said, “Come look at this, something’s very wrong!” So I looked at the site and I was thrilled to watch 30 zillion images slowly loading per page. Hilarious!

I soon realized that we had the epitome of a right-brain website with no left-brain function whatsoever! It is pretty looking, which fits this type of site. It’s all HTML tables, duh, of course! As far as I can tell, it’s made with Photoshop slices, which Photoshop then cuts up the main image and barfs out HTML that includes every separate layer of Photoshop.

A mystery remains, because you could just use maybe 1 or 2 giant images per page – what they’re doing is totally the hard way. My thought is that maybe the client called and said, “Whaaaa! My precious site is loading too slow!!!” So the designer somehow broke it up into a million pieces, and now you have an extremely crude “parallel loading scheme”.

Final bonus: on the menu page, zero SEO because it’s all images! Hooray! It’s simply unbelievable, and I hope you “enjoy” it as much as I did!

P.S. We did have lunch there and the food was great! :-)

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It doesn’t surprise me that the quality of the food is in inverse proportion to the quality of the website. That’s very common with restaurant sites.

Initially, I thought I was looking at a Splash page with no links. I couldn’t find any. I went and ran an errand and when I came back I accidentally clicked what turned out to be the link to what was the “home” page. The link was the word “Enter” but its color blended in with the background and I didn’t see it.

From a cursory examination, it looks like every page is comprised of nothing but images. Not helpful for SEO. The text on the menus was also very small and hard to read and needed leading between the menu items.

Another very suckily designed website.

Chilango Restaurants

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Chermac Energy Corporation – An Example of Bad Web Design for June 12, 2013

June 11th, 2013 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Sucky.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Yeah, it’s pretty bad. My monitor has a screen that’s 1200 pixels wide—and the text is still cut off. Splash pages, for the most part, are dead; however, this site thinks we all wet our pants just to see what’s basically a logo. A big, fat logo and nothing else. Waste.

Click anywhere on the “home” page and you’ll be taken to the “Our History” page. This site fails to realize people don’t like to read that much text. (Yes, it’s a problem here at WPTS, but at least I’m providing instructions.) The text on the left is also too close to the edge of the screen. A little CSS padding wouldn’t hurt.

Here’s the fun part. Once you’re on a subpage (like “Our History”) and click the Home button, you’re taken to the all-logo “Home” page where’s there’s no navigation except to click and go to the Our History page. This is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Chermac Energy Corporation

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