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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.

Ferti*lome – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 11, 2015

May 10th, 2015 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: I hope to God Google slaps the Ferti*lome people in the face. Yes, their site fails to be mobile-friendly and it fails Google’s PageSpeed Insights test, but what’s worse is the navigation doesn’t work on an iPad. The iPad is bigger than any phone and many websites’ navigation looks fine on it, but Ferti*lome’s doesn’t.

Instead of giving you text commentary, I’m giving you a video. Haven’t done one in a while and I’m going to start doing them. I did this one on a Mac and I spent zero time on the video – didn’t use an external mike, didn’t try to make the wipe motions sync up with the screen, etc. One take. Because why spend more time making a video about crappy web design than the designers spent thinking about their navigation?

Oh, as the picture below demonstrates, the menu looks fine on my desktop machine; however, using side navigation is wrong. Who wants to strain their neck looking at a menu?

looks ok on the desktop

My YouTube video discussing the problems

Ferti*lome home page

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Sherman Indian High School – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 6, 2015

May 5th, 2015 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Today in Federal Indian Law, we were having a short discussion on Indian Boarding schools and it turns out they still exist. The professor then brought this gem to the projector and we all shuddered in horror at this atrocious attempt at web design—pictures protruding into other segments, over-use of gradients, a random white bar, etc.. I can’t even describe how horrid this site is.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I don’t know, I think you’ve done a nice job of describing the horrors.

On the Programs page, among other pages, you can see how difficult it is to read the black text on the purple background. Speaking of pages why, in the name of all that’s holy, is the Programs page called “Page758.htm”? That’s not going to help the search engines determine how to handle the page. Speaking of handling the page, the page doesn’t handle mobile at all. At least according to Google’s Mobile Friendly Test. Oh, it’s not just the pages that are named incorrectly, the graphics are too. I’m sure we can all figure out what “image621.jpg” looks like.

Sherman Indian High School

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Strategic Plan – Bournemouth University – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 29, 2015

April 28th, 2015 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This is a truly terrible website. Every thing is wrong. There are buttons that look like they might be links, but don’t do anything, a difficult to read color scheme, pop out windows and a sort of trail thing you are supposed to follow. The navigation is so bad that they have included instructions on how to use the site. Even worse on a mobile phone.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Holy Mother of God! There is crap and there is horrible, stinking crap. There’s bad web design and there’s web design that makes you want to take foot-long knitting needles and poke out your eyes in an Oedipal fit so you don’t have to ever – and I mean ever – see such disturbing web design again.

WTF were these people thinking? Oh, we should take Mystery Meat Navigation and put it on a black background with silver text (so it’s difficult to read) and we need pop-ups – but we shouldn’t mark them so people can figure out what we’re doing.

For a website that’s not some loon ranting about government or religion or whatever else loons rant about, this website is AWFUL. The first sign something is seriously wrong is they try to explain the navigation. If you have to explain how your website works, it doesn’t.

Strategic Plan – Bournemouth University

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The Alabama State Legislature – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 30, 2015

March 29th, 2015 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: So, the Alabama Legislature overhauled their old website to the “new and improved mobile-friendly” site you’ll see once you go to their site.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Mobile friendly? That’s like saying the Ferguson, Missouri, police are friendly to African-Americans. Here’s what Google says this page looks like on a mobile device.

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The local newspaper gave it a crappy review too. It’s well-written and touches on many design points. Read it.

The Alabama State Legislature

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U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 25, 2015

March 24th, 2015 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This is so full of fail – animated GIFs combined with a partisan . . . oh, never mind. I am sure it will vanish down the memory hole. Who ever thought this would come across as a mature, responsible, adult expression rather than a failed “We’re cool, too, and know how to use the web, just like you, including copyright violations”? My guess, some staff member will get blamed or the members will double down.

If it qualifies for suckiness (at least this page, not really the site), better move quickly or copy it.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: “If it qualifies for suckiness”? This is the essence of fail. This 6Mb page is a waste of bandwidth. As far as copyright violations go, Congress is immune.

I hate politics the way Hitler hated Jews. Republicans run this committee, but I’m sure Democrats would be just as stupid and put something similar up. What this page says to me is, “We’re fat, ugly, boring (mostly) white males who are desperately trying to appear hip. I should know. I’m also a fat, ugly, (rarely) boring white male who doesn’t care about whether I’m hip or not.

Web design is not the place to try to appear hip or cool or anything but helpful to your visitors.

U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

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