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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.

Bath Magic – An Example of Bad Web Design for August 26, 2013

August 25th, 2013 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Got an ugly tub – er, website?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I love the URL—UglyTub.com—it’s just wonderful. What isn’t wonderful is the design.

I haven’t seen a lot of frames being used on websites today. Very few designers like them and Google doesn’t seem fond of them. What I’m seeing more of on websites is using JavaScript to disable the right mouse button. Usually, it’s to protect content, but I swear I don’t see any content worth taking from this site. Besides, everyone whose IQ is higher than an ice cube knows how to bypass this hack.

More concerning is the hidden text. The following is what visitors see:

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And this is what I see because I’m clever enough <grin> to pull off some HTML tricks:

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I suspect search engines see the same thing.

Bath Magic

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Agencia de Noticias Uruguaya – An Example of Bad Web Design for August 19, 2013

August 18th, 2013 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Pretty bad.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Saying this website is pretty bad is like saying Penelope Cruz is a pretty woman. Neither comment does the subject justice.

You can’t tell by the screenshot, but the home page gets worse. Much worse. My first reaction was to call this just another Over-The-Top Website, but the site isn’t for a fringe organization, political party, conspiracy spouter, or espouses cultish spiritual / religious beliefs. At least I didn’t get that impression when Google translated the page.

Ironically, this wasn’t the page that was suggested. It was the Journalistic Awards page. If you look closely, this is where the original Internet graphics went to retire. Just seeing them brought back wonderful memories of 1995-96—the 2400 baud modems, Internet-in-a-Box software and pages taking minutes to load. Ah, the golden days before the Internet became obsessed with accumulating gold.

Oh, yeah. Parts of the page may be mildly NSFW, depending on the weirdness of your company.

Agencia de Noticias Uruguaya Parts of the page may be mildly NSFW.

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Abseiling Services – An Example of Bad Web Design for August 8, 2013

August 8th, 2013 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: It’s almost impossible to read anything on this site, due to the huge amount of grammatical (just try counting them and tell me you don’t lose track) and spelling mistakes (how many times can you misspell “people”). And really, a huge picture for the background?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: What scares me most about this website is the copyright notice:

This site from the future scares me.

If this website is really from the future, I’m scared sh*tless.

On the other hand, if this is just another of the ungodly number of typos and grammatical mistakes on the page, there’s hope for the Internet.

This website shows us the importance of having an editor. I’ve been very, very lucky in my writing career to have three really great editors — David Morgan Jones, Lee Ann Pickrell and Willem Knibbe. Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone editing my material now . English is my first language and I suspect that isn’t the case for whoever wrote the text for this site. If they speak English, then they don’t speak typing.

On the home page we have such amazing typos as:

soloution (2x)- peaple (2x) – withought – comparrison – transparrent – variarty – Sheme – efficant – uneeded – absoloute – may buissness – priciples (they also spelled it correctly) – Companys – emplees – sub contracters – dont

You’re welcome for the free proofreading. I’m not providing grammar checking because I’m not getting paid (and you can’t pay me because that’s a conflict of interest). I have a question. Did all the spelling checkers in all the million computer programs out there just die? Why didn’t anybody run this site through one of them?

There are at least 18 typos on the home page and God knows how many grammatical mistakes. Why would anyone do business with a company whose website is a joke? The only people who will be impressed by the home page are illiterate and that’s only because they can’t read.

Visit the site quickly. I’m sure it will be fixed. Of course, I have photos .

UPDATE: It was fixed over the weekend.

Screenshot of original home page
Screenshot of original “Services” page
Screenshot of original “About” page

Abseiling Services (The site is currently “fixed.”)

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Eduworks-UK Ltd.- An Example of Bad Web Design for August 5, 2013

August 5th, 2013 6:06 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This site sucks. The graphics are not optimized, they have enormous drop down menus, and their flashy slider graphic bogs my entire system down.

On top of that, it is ugly and looks poorly put together.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It could have been a nice looking and functional website. It’s still nice looking, but the flaws ruin the experience.

We have contrast severe contrast issues—the dark text is difficult to read over the black/blackish background. Eduworks needs to get rid of their graphics carousel (slider). Everybody needs to get rid of their carousels. Why? Because carousels are bad for Search Engine Optimization and for usability. I’m not just blowing smoke out of my rear end (although I do have that ability). The highly regarded Search Engine Land wrote up some research that said carousels suck—or words to that effect. Oh, they’re not alone. Google has about a million articles on the topic.

Allegedly the site is constructed so it works on mobile devices. I base this conclusion on the following source code:

 Mobile Specific Metas
meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1″

Did anybody use an iPhone and look at the Eduworks website? NFW (No Way). FAIL.

There are some serious problems that aren’t obvious. No, the lack of contrast on the drop-down menus is obvious. PageSpeed are tools by Google to “Analyze and optimize your website…to implement the web performance best practices.” In the beginning, PageSpeed gave out fairly low scores, but people made a ruckus and it now appears to me that PageSpeed’s scores are like American college report cards where grades are inflated. Well, not Eduworks’ PageSpeed score. It’s an unbelievable 28 out of 100. I haven’t seen that low of a score in…well…a very, very long time. I know Google doesn’t want us to use PageSpeed scores as a rating mechanism, but a 28?

Eduworks-UK Ltd.

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