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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.

Tito’s Peruvian Restaurant – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 6, 2013

March 6th, 2013 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: Please take a look at this site for an example of how not to market a restaurant. You have to go through two pages before you get to Enter the website proper, but on the way you see that it was voted Nightclub of the Year, then go to the Welcome page before getting to the Home page. The gallery of food pictures isn’t boosting Tito’s gastronomic reputation either.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The fact the website has two different Splash pages before you get to the real home page is bad design. Obviously, they want to get you to vote for their restaurant in the Latin UK awards. This is a great example of Mistake #1 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Believing people care about you and your website. Your website is about meeting your visitors’ needs. Your visitors don’t give a left-handed flying farkle that you want to win awards. Your visitors are looking for food. You’re keeping food from them.

I found it difficult to figure out how to get to the next page. The itty-bitty “Home” link is not intuitive. The next Splash page at least has the hours of operation, but that’s it. Clicking the “Enter” button actually takes you to the “Info” page, which is the real home page. We have navigation at the top. Clicking the links takes you to the appropriate pages.

Tito’s mobile version of this site is much easier to use, to wit (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase):

It’s all about your visitors. It’s not about you.

Tito’s Peruvian Restaurant

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Calderwood Books – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 5, 2013

March 5th, 2013 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This site sucks.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Well, it sucks in Google Chrome, but looks “fine” (OK, the text is legible) in IE 10 and Firefox. If you look at the source code, it’s some very squirrelly JavaScript. They also don’t understand the concept of DNS. If you leave off the “www”, the page won’t load. Dumb. Dumber. Dumbest.

Calderwood Books

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design, Worst Web Sites |

Billerica.org – An Example of Bad Web Design for March 1, 2013

March 1st, 2013 3:03 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: A pretty bad site.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Yes, it’s true, but I have a lot of sympathy for newspaper-type sites. Too much information, too many ads (that’s a good thing) and, in this case, too little of the stories. The site seems like it’s just gathering pieces of content and then sending you to other sites. That’s not helpful.


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KeelyNet – An Example of Bad Web Design for February 25, 2013

February 25th, 2013 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: The only thing that helps(?) in figuring this one out is the header: “Free Energy. Gravity Control. Alternative Science.” The “about” page is only 20 screens, as opposed the home page’s nearly 100. I think I’ll follow the advice about three screens down  – “…No Like? Just skip what you aren’t interested in…” – and skip the whole website.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It’s another in a long line of Over the top Websites (OTT). Over the Top sites generally deal with philosophy, religion, politics, end times, etc., but they’re generally not mainstream. Most often, they’re the creations of liberal loons or raving right-wingers.

What drives me crazy is there are plenty of over-the-top types who have nice looking websites. MemoryHole, by Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Professor James Tracy‘s website looks infinitely better than the run-of-the-mill OTT site featured on WebPagesThatSuck. An even better example of a good-looking OTT website is InfoWars, which is run by Alex Jones.

C’mon guys, you’ve got Internet connections in your bunkers. Use some of your comrades’ design techniques and de-suck your websites.


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Natural Grocers – An Example of Bad Web Design for February 20, 2013

February 21st, 2013 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

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Submitter’s comments: This is a regional store that has been in business for at least 30 years. Every incarnation of their web page is the absolute worst. Their stores are great and their service is good too, but you can’t find anything on their web pages.

I’ve tried different browsers and written to them – nothing seems to work. You used to be able to see some of what is in their stores with pictures and prices to match, but now I can’t figure out anything. I’ve used other national vitamin sites and they work just fine; granted they have more money to spend, but this company just keeps expanding its stores and says it wants you to buy from its online store, but how can you? Is it just me or does it really suck?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It really sucks. I spent 10 minutes looking for something organic. No luck. Finally, I found a link called “Online Store.” Online Store my fat, white ass. Access Denied? What?

Natural Grocers

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