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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.

Worst Websites of 2012 – Contenders for the Period January Through August

September 5th, 2012 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

It’s that time again. Actually, it’s way past time.

The year 2012 is shaping up to be one of the worst years for web design since…well, since last year. Maybe we should blame it on the Mayans. According to their calendar the world is supposed to end this December so maybe bad web design will end with it <grin>. I doubt it.

Worst Websites of 2012: January to March Contenders

I fixed the link below. Stupid freaking mistake. Worst Websites of 2012: April to August Contenders

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Techniche 2012 – An Example of Bad Web Design For September 4, 2012

September 4th, 2012 4:04 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Suggested sucky website.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I’ve never seen anything like the home page. Actually, it’s the strangest Splash Page I’ve ever seen. Scroll over the word “Techniche” and tell me you’ve seen this technique before today. The strangest part of this technique is that nothing is clickable. You have to click “Skip to the Main Website” to go to the content.

On the left side there’s a Mystery Meat Navigation menu and none of the symbols has, as far as I can tell, any relation to the topic. Oh. There’s more Mystery Meat at the top of the page.

The site is totally fouled up. By “totally fouled up” I mean…you know what I mean.


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The Wedding Collective – An Example of Bad Web Design For August 30, 2012

August 30th, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Right away from the pointless start page with music that takes ages to load, I knew I was being transported back in time…to maybe before 2004, when the trend was to unrelentingly do everything in Flash, for no good reason. (Maybe designers gave up trying to make sites work in a variety of different broken browsers and Flash was seen as a quick way out of browser hell… only to inflict us with another kind of hell.)

Enter the site and the first thing I see is a lot of badly formatted, nonsense text to read, which tells me nothing.

I Almost failed to spot the very dark navigation on the left that only appears when the mouse is over each one.

The annoying noisy headings that take ages to appear… weird navigation…
some pages have that horrible “make you read everything through a tiny letterbox with awkward scroll thingy” that was so popular back in the day.

This site needs to be put out of its misery.. Sadly I’m not a web designer, otherwise I’d quote them to redo it.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Nicely reviewed.

Flash for websites is as dead as Steve Jobs. To make a Flash website even “deader” than it is requires a Splash Page. This site has one. After that, I’m taken to a page I can’t read, with symbols I didn’t even notice without the help of the submitter’s comments and such a confusing mish-mash of I-don’t-know-what that I don’t have the slightest idea what the site is about except that it’s not about weddings. I don’t care about the site so I leave. After taking a cursory examination, I suggest you do the same.

The Wedding Collective

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Corruption on the Border – An Example of Bad Web Design For August 24, 2012

August 23rd, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Ever heard of site navigation?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Another Over-the-top Website dedicated to whatever is running around someone’s head. Unfortunately, the stuff running around the site’s designer isn’t good web design. Keeping the site current isn’t running around someone’s head either. I used the wonderful tool redbot to discover that the last time the home page was modified was February 21, 2010.

The navigation is consistent with other sites of this ilk—it’s all over the place.

If you’re into over-the-top belief systems, at least make your website look good. I can’t imagine anyone looking at the Corruption on the Border website and saying, “Oh, I trust what this guy is saying.” On the other hand, an over-the-top site like BOND looks great—for someone outside the mainstream. You’re initial reaction is very positive. You initially feel like you can trust the content. That’s what it’s all about.

Corruption on the Border

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Jamet – An Example of Bad Web Design For August 20, 2012

August 20th, 2012 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: I would like to nominate the Jamet website as an example of poor navigation.

The company is a well established tent manufacturer, so I visited the site to get some details of a particular model, but 10 minutes later, I was still wrestling with graphics that rotated as they wandered about the screen, when all I wanted was the size and weight. Total fail!!  I shopped elsewhere.

By the way, the entry screen invites the user to navigate using the left/right arrows and the spacebar.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Google Chrome was nice enough to automatically translate this page’s text for me. I can’t remember when I’ve seen sillier navigation. Oh. This site was built using HTML 5, which proves you can create sucky websites using the latest technology and shows why this site will never run out of examples.


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