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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.

NVEnergize – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 15, 2012

April 15th, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

NVEnergize – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 15, 2012

A bad website

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Submitter’s comments: AHHHHHH!

What rule doesn’t this website break? Constant scrolling whilst you move your mouse, plus the loading page just looks like the whole website (because who’s going to think that a barometer {I think it is} going upward SLOOOOOOOOWLY is a loading page?)

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Initially, I wasn’t sure if this qualified. Then I started scrolling and ran into a bunch of Mystery Meat Navigation. The worst culprit is “Renewable Generation.” You have to mouse over the first solar panel to bring up the tooltip. You would think that it would be enough to mouse over any other part of the building. Nope. That seems like an incredible oversight and I can’t believe someone at NVEnergy didn’t notice. When you mouse over the house to the right, there’s no link. You have to go up to the top of the hill for “Traditional Generation.”

Finally, why are they using the secure https protocol?


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Voodoo Doughnuts – An Example of Bad Web Design for April 11, 2012

April 10th, 2012 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

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Vincent Flanders’ comments: My daughter said, “One of my friends posted on Facebook, ‘Two gay men just brought VD into my house.'” Naturally, my interest was piqued. The “VD” turned out to be “Voodoo Doughnuts” instead of something more salacious. Of course, I went to the VD website and immediately decided they were using Mystery Meat Navigation because I didn’t see a normal menu. Wrong. I use a portrait monitor and, as you can see from this screen capture, the menu is at the bottom of a very long page. The page isn’t so long on a monitor in landscape mode, but the menu is not on the first screen. Like every normal user, I don’t want to figure out where the navigation is located. I just want to find it now.

VD is using a technique I haven’t seen in a long time—they’re disabling the right mouse click. I realize their images should be protected, but they are using watermarks. Anybody who really wants the images knows how to get them, so I’m not sure why they’re disabling the right click.

As someone who knows his way around doughnuts, their menu looks exciting and I’m sure their doughnuts are just as great as their names (Cock-N-Balls is my favorite name for a doughnut). All VD really haa to do is make it easier to enter the site. I can overlook the rest of the design because this is the type of business that can have a fun website. Dunkin’ Donuts can’t and doesn’t.

Voodoo Donuts

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The Afterlife – The Worst Website of 2012? Worst Website Ever? for April 5, 2012

April 5th, 2012 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

This is the Daily SuckerSubmitter’s comments: I don’t know what to say about this god-awful abomination of a website.

It has:

  • Ungodly amounts of animated gifs.
  • It disables user scrolling and continuously scrolls upwards.
  • Has an excess of excess of angels.
  • There’s a golden Jesus thing.
  • And more.


Vincent Flanders’ comments: I think I’ve found the bottom of web design. The Web of Trust doesn’t like this site at all, but for reasons of trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy and child safety. I don’t like it because it sucks more than any other site has ever sucked. Jesus didn’t weep when he saw this site. You can’t weep when you’re eyes are burned out of your head.

The Afterlife

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Police Fire Crime Line (pfcl.org) – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 29, 2012

March 29th, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

This is the Daily SuckerSubmitter’s comments: Two great tastes in one- protection from fraud and a ministry. At least, I think that’s what it is. They are on patrol to protect people from scammers claiming to represent police and firefighters’ organizations and other charity groups. Their web site could use some re-organizing and focus.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: These two disconnected concepts reminds me of a joke home page I once created for the “Bakesfield School of Law and Auto Body Repair.” I’ve heard of people receiving a calling to save the sick and dying children in India but, hey, why not save Americans from scammers. It’s not like we’re doing a good job of protecting ourselves.

Speaking of bad jobs, this website is a jumble. We’ve got a small logo, large graphic that doesn’t really represent anything, multiple text sizes, multiple colors, centered text along with flush-left text, colored divider bars, a home page that goes on forever and other types of mistakes found on Over-the-top Websites. I’m sure they provide a wonderful service, but their site doesn’t reflect this fact.

Police Fire Crime Line (pfcl.org)

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Elegance With Style – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 28, 2012

March 27th, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

This is the Daily SuckerSubmitter’s comments: This one really HIT HIT HIT me in the face!! It still hurts and my eyes are still twirling around…LOL

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The page submitted is for chocolate bouquets.

At least you can read the text. In many ways it looks like you’d think a gift website would look. It’s not spectacularly sucky, just a little tacky and inelegant.

Elegance With Style

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