August 28th, 2014 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders
Submitter’s comments: My eyes are still burning from the site AND content … let’s teach police increased brutality!
Vincent Flanders’ comments: This website definitely constitute bad web design brutality. Cop and cop-related websites have always been a staple here at WPTS. Heck, back in 2008 cop sites were featured in Worst Old School Web Sites of 2008: Cops and Chiropractors. If you were a cop, would you want to use this site’s services? It doesn’t look professional and cops like to be professional (at least I hope so).
The home page is 1.4Mb, which is problematic. The TITLE tag is “Home Page” and everybody but the site owner knows search engines put a lot of weight on the contents of the TITLE tag. The registration form for the 2014 Arrestling Officer Safety Conference is a PDF you have to fill out and mail in unless you pay by credit card. Oh, credit card payment is done over the phone. Yeah, they’re up-to-date on ecommerce.
The home page has this code: @import url(file:///C|/Program Files/Macromedia/Contribute 2 for Affinity/ My first WTF? is why are you using Macromedia Contribute 2? It’s more dead than Stevie Ray Vaughn (yesterday was the 24th anniversary of his death). If it exists, it’s up to Release 6.5. My second WTF? is the home page is using @import. HTML performance experts say it’s best not to use it. Obviously, the page isn’t really using it because web visitors can’t access the designer’s Drive C.
This website is a classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015 — “Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it.“ I call this type of design the “I haven’t taken my anti-psychotics in a while school of web design.”