August 13th, 2014 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders
Submitter’s comments: I would like to submit a local university. For a technology and design school, it’s terrible.
If you open it up with most IE browsers you can barely navigate it. Once in the website you’re brought to another website that, on occasion, doesn’t look like the one you started with. These are remnants of our old site they have yet to change. Just click on Admissions > How to Apply from the main site for an example.
Not only is the home page terrible to navigate (floaty degrees above the head are hard to see), but once inside you can barely find the information or forms you need. Then there are multiple pages with outdated information or just different information from other pages.
Vincent Flanders’ comments: The best thing I can say about the website is it doesn’t use Flash, but that’s like saying “Vincent, for a fat boy you don’t sweat much.” I agree, of course, with our submitter it’s pretty horrendous. But I want to talk about what’s under hood—a festering pile of crap that’s screwing up the visitor’s experience. When I ran the Web Design Degree page through WebPageTest.org, I got the waterfall from hell. It took almost 4 seconds for the page to start loading. (If the page isn’t cached, here’s a screenshot) Oh, it’s also 21mb!!!! The home page, I believe, is ~30Mb. That’s right 30Mb. It gets better. I ran the Web Design Degree through Google’s PageSpeed Insights program and the page scored 7/100 on mobile and 12/100 on desktop.
BTW, I hate the name. “Advancing” Technology? WTF? You don’t need “Advancing” because it’s implied. What it implies is there must be a University of Retreating Technology and that’s why there’s a need for a University of Advancing Technology—or UAT, as in “Where U AT?” (Forgive me.)
It’s a pretty messed up site. Reminds me of my site except they have squandered a lot of design talent.