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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.

Selah Days – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 21, 2012

May 20th, 2012 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Suggestion for worst website design.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: It took a long time before I could figure out where this festival was being held. Turns out it’s located in my very own Washington state. There’s a lot wrong with the site. A lot. It’s a classic example of Mistake #6 from Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn’t look like it.

The only good thing about this website is that it doesn’t keep my browser’s Back button from working. In keeping with the theme of the site and to misuse a hackneyed quote, “Create websites like this and the terrorists win.”

Selah Community Days

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The Times-Picayune – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 13, 2012

May 13th, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

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Submitter’s comments: Three days ago our local New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, decided to launch a “new and improved” website. There was nothing wrong with the previous design. While it was not flashy, it was very readable, easy to navigate and worked with all browsers, operating systems and platforms. It’s replacement is nothing short of horrendous!

The primary color is now a garish “seizure-inducing yellow”. The header now takes up the top third of the screen. The formerly user-friendly home page, where one could get all the news at glance, has been replaced by an “always on top” bar with flyouts that follows the user everywhere and pops out, seemingly at random, obscuring whatever one is attempting to read. The JavaScript that this bar uses causes the scrolling to be very jerky. The fonts look like they were chosen by a third-grader. Content, which used to be easily accessible, is now buried so deep that much of it is nearly impossible to find. The site no longer works on a iPad because flyouts are not supported. Several people have also reported that it no longer works with other browsers, such as Opera. I could go on, but you simply must see it for yourself!

The readers are outraged and are deserting nola.com like rats from a sinking ship. This change has generated over 350 comments so far (even more than when the Saints won the Super Bowl) begging The Times-Picayune to make it go away. Most, like myself, have clearly stated our intention to get our local news elsewhere. Several of the commentators are professional web designers themselves, and have made the observation that if they were to deliver such a product to a client they would promptly be fired. Unfortunately, all of our pleas are falling on deaf ears.

Below are links to the current site. For the sake of comparison, I’ve included a link to an Alabama news site which uses the old template. I am also including a link to the reader comments, some of which are quite funny! I hope you will have a look at this and consider my nomination of nola.com to be included in your gallery of “worst websites”.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I first went to this site with my Chrome browser and it was a disaster, as this screen capture demonstrates. I was using Windows 7 with a portrait monitor. The home page was just as bad in Internet Explorer 9. This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

I loaded the page on my XP machine with IE 7 and everything looked worked just fine. The site worked fine on my iPad and the mobile version worked fine on my iPhone. The home page takes too long to load and the page feels like it is held together with wire and glue and could fly apart at any second. Oh, it did fall apart.

When it’s working, I think the site looks fine; however, I’m not the target audience. I’m coming to it without a history. Hopefully, they tested this site with current users. I think the old site looks terrible. It’s cluttered like so many other newspaper sites, but it’s a comforting and familiar site to its old audience. Once the kinks are worked out, I think people will like the site.

The Times-Picayune

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FU Military Academy – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 10, 2012

May 9th, 2012 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

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Submitter’s comments: It sucks.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Ah, this site brings back those wonderful childhood memories of my mother yelling, “If you don’t shape up I’m going to send you to Culver Military Academy!” Culver, by the way, is a much better looking website than FU.

The FU site reminds me a lot of this site (WPTS). It’s basically mediocre; however, they have committed two interesting mortal sins: the link for their mobile site is not at the top of the page, but toward the bottom. This doesn’t even take into account they should be using media queries to send people to the mobile site. The second mortal sin is that the mobile site is really just a text site and not a site made for mobile. They’re using Un Responsive Web Design instead of Responsive Web Design.

FU Military Academy

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Thunder Island – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 8, 2012

May 7th, 2012 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

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Submitter’s comments: The home page is merely the beginning. Different backgrounds for each page? Check. Text that doesn’t fit inside the table cells? Check. Text as logo? Double check. Text as logo that doesn’t fit in the header, and ends up covering over most of the first set of links? Triple check. Eye-hurting backgrounds on some pages? Check again.


Animated GIFs that serve no purpose? Check. Boring page? Check. Pick a font and stick with it please dear benevolent God why me? Check.

Anything else? Probably check.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I noticed that the ZIP LINE page states this attraction is coming in the 2012 season and that we should “(Check our website and Facebook for updates)” Uh…I’m on your web page.

We also have underscored text that isn’t actually a link and some pages mix flush-left and centered text. On the plus side, the text is large enough you can read it, unless the page color is too bright, like the Prices page.

The site gets a FAIL for mobile.

Thunder Island

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Stinger Penguns – An Example of Bad Web Design for May 4, 2012

May 3rd, 2012 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

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Submitter’s comments: You don’t hear from me often, but when you do you can bet it’s because I’ve found something worthy of mention. To be honest, I find lots of sucky sites on the web, but I only send you the ones that truly, inarguably and inexcusably suck.

My nomination for the Daily Sucker is PenGun.com. It is abusive to the mind on so many levels. Everything from the color scheme to the background to the HR tag use just makes me cringe. Still, even with all of that I might have let it go, were it not for the Mystery Meat Navigation. That is where I draw the line.

The navigation on PenGun.com is flash-based, which is bad enough, but on top of that you can barely tell it is navigation because… there are no words in the default view, and all of the graphic links look exactly the same. You don’t get the privilege of seeing where you’re headed until you hover the mouse over each link. And, the descriptions promptly hide themselves after your mouse leaves the area. For further proof that we’re dealing with a Mystery Meat Navigation issue, you’ll find written instructions right below the navigation area telling you how to use it.

And just to add insult to injury, there is a sound when you hover over the navigation.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: ou need a monitor with 1600×1200 pixels before you can see the menu at the bottom. Why it’s there I just don’t understand.

Yes, it says the page is a personal page, but a personal page is a page about you and your life. Heck, even Vincent Flanders.com isn’t personal.

Stinger Penguns

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