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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.

Carol House Furniture – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 24, 2012

September 24th, 2012 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: I’ve been into Carol House Furniture before and they have really nice stuff. In fact, their slogan is “because you like nice things.” Their website, though…well, let’s just say that it’s “because we like web pages that suck” and lemme tell ya, it does!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: When I went to their home page I discovered it was really a splash page–a splash page I couldn’t read because there wasn’t enough contrast between the text (#999) and the background (#FFF). Clicking the “Enter” button opens a new window and takes you to their Flash-based website. When it comes to websites, Flash is dead, dead, dead. The page also has two people talking at me. Nobody goes to a web page to have people talk at you. The top menu is not easy to read because the first line also lacks contrast.

If you click “Furniture Selection” and click “Bedrooms” and then “Bedspreads” and finally click “California Kids,” a new window opens and you’re taken to the California Kids website. The navigation is confusing.

Carol House Furniture

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The Pickled Ploughman – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 14, 2012

September 14th, 2012 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: This one is a total shocker. Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) here is taken to a whole new level.  Once you delve into one level, you have to spot the little ‘trap door’ icon to get out again.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: An example that shows that using the latest and greatest (HTML5) doesn’t guarantee you a great looking website. The MMN is pretty bad, although they think that periodically showing the subpage names gets them off the hook. No. People have to wait and waiting is not what the Internet is about.

The worst part about the MMN is the text in the middle says “Hover over the images to navigate our site.” Only 5 of the 12 images are navigational links.

The Pickled Ploughman

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Beyond Debt – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 11, 2012

September 11th, 2012 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: This bunch were advertising on TV, and I looked them up to see if they were providing a genuine service. It seems they are, but I was intrigued by the Latin tagline on their home page:

Ut a nunc ornare velit ornare ullamcorper sed eu magna.

So I used Google search and it presented several unrelated sites, but they all seemed to have a similar layout — a WordPress theme, it seems. The text is placeholder text, but possibly with an actual meaning relating to the theme; my Latin is extremely rusty and I’m not certain either way. It’s fine that some of the pages appear to be works in progress, and are full of Lorem Ipsum.

But beyonddebt.com.au is advertising on TV. And they have meaningless, at least to them, text on their home page.


Vincent Flanders’ comments: I could be wrong, but I don’t think there are many Latin-speaking Australians. I also don’t think the phrase “Ut a nunc ornare velit…” translates to “Are you struggling with debt.” A more likely translation would be “Es vos nixor per debitum?”

When viewed under IE8, you can’t view the phone number in the upper-right corner of the home page. You can view it in Google Chrome. They need to use a service like BrowserCam to test their site.

My best guess is the site is “nearing completion,” but since they’re advertising on TV, they need to have the site fully functional. Serious mistake.

Beyond Debt

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The Bombshell Manual of Style – MAY BE NSFW – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 10, 2012

September 10th, 2012 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website


Submitter’s comments: This website is for Laren Stover’s book, “The Bombshell Manual of Style,” and what a bomb it is. There is no navigation to speak of, you only progress forward through an incredibly annoying Flash with low-res graphics, and god help you if you need to return to a previous section because you’re going to need to drag all those panties off the screen and “walk” the little dog again.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I took the site’s Bombshell Test and answered 9 questions correctly, which makes me a bombshell with va-va voom to spare.

Flash is as dead as Steve Jobs

The above graphic demonstrates the major flaw of this site. It’s created in Flash. Flash is as dead as Steve Jobs. The graphics are poorly constructed and the site does nothing to make me want to explore further. If the site were created using HTML5 Canvas, we’d have designers wetting themselves over its brilliance. In Flash it sucks. Timing is everything.

The Bombshell Manual of Style

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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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