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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.

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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