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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.

The Website With the Worst Performance Score – Jack Laurie – Bad Web Design Example for September 1 , 2011

August 31st, 2011 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Enjoy.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: Personally, I prefer more commentary when submitters send in a site; however, I’ll overlook the dearth of analysis because I’ve finally been shown a website that reaches zero on the Page Speed performance index. Briefly, Page Speed “evaluates the performance of web pages and get suggestions on how to improve them.” Today’s Daily Sucker needs a lot of improving.

If you look at the screenshot I took of the Page Speed score for the site’s home page, you’ll see it’s 12 (out of 100). The major problem is the site improperly scales images. The site wastes almost 2Mb because they take an image that’s 2738 x 1353 pixels and use HTML to fit in a 544 x 400 pixel space. The site uses the same technique on seven other images on the home page..

Interestingly, Page Speed Online gives the site a score of zero. That’s right. Zero. Houston, we’ve hit bottom. There’s probably an interesting story on the different scores, but it’s too hard to find anyone at Google to speak with. Yslow, another performance test product from Yahoo!, gives the home page a score of B (84). Obviously, these two programs think certain performance issues are more important than others.

The site has a whole host of other problems. No logo. Centered text on the home page, but flush-left text on the Speaker page (possibly others), an animated globe (why?), underscored text that isn’t a link, a lack of navigation and other issues.

<ADHD moment>IE 9 doesn’t seem to handle named anchor text correctly. When you click the scales images link, you don’t end up at the correct spot.</ADHD moment>.

Jack Laurie

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Sutoer – Bad Web Design Example #2 for August 25, 2011

August 25th, 2011 2:02 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Flash and music. What’s not to like?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I love bad design because there’s always a new way to screw up a website. Today’s Daily Sucker has found a new way to screw up Flash. Seriously. It’s a new way.

The home page takes forever to load. Of course it does because it’s a 3.55Mb file. Here’s the part I’ve never ever seen before: All that shows up on the screen is the message “Play Intro.” Seriously. It would be fine if the choices were—you know what I’m going to say—”Play Intro” and “Skip Intro.” Of course you knew the right way to handle the Splash page. Actually the right way to handle a Splash Page is not to have one. Think about it. You wouldn’t have to load 3.55Mb that nobody really wants to see. I clicked the Skip Intro button as soon as I could find it and I’m sure everybody else does—unless they hit the back button or close the window and find a site that makes sense.

When I clicked the “Home” button I expected to be taken back to the Splash Page. No, there’s actually content there. Most people will not click it for much the same reason. The button really should be called “Who We Are.”

The “About Us” button should be called “What We Do.” The content of the “Services” button seems to be short on contrast and very short on paragraph leading.


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Bear Ridge Speedway – Bad Web Design Example #1 for August 25, 2011

August 25th, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: It’s a web page for a local race track and their web page design is among the
worst I’ve ever seen.

First, you have to scroll left / right to see all the text on the screen. Secondly, the ridiculous use of colored text throughout the website makes it nearly impossible to figure out what’s a link and what isn’t. Third, the images used are ridiculously low resolution and include a ZOOM feature! Fourth, the ‘gallery’ is impossible to navigate. The list goes on. This truly is terrible web design and a page that deserves a spot on Web Pages That Suck. Really bad.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: You do have to scroll if your screen’s resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. My window is 1216 x 1896 pixels and I don’t have to scroll. On the other hand, the way text is used is frustrating. Click on “News.” I’d give you the URL, but I can’t because the site was created in Flash. Like Freddie, Flash is dead on non-game-based websites.

It’s extremely frustrating to view the Rules page. I can give you a link because it’s an unmarked PDF. When you look at it, you’ll be stunned. Instead of using a PDF, the document should have been an HTML document.

Bear Ridge Speedway

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Balance – Bad Web Design Example for August 23, 2011

August 23rd, 2011 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Their website truly sucks. It has been up for over a year with half-deployed content, poorly implemented Flash, background sound, oddly implemented photo slide shows, conflicting contact info, etc.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: If there’s anything worse than Flash, it’s Flash that doesn’t load (IE 9 and Chrome) for a long, long time and, even then, the center content doesn’t load until you click the menu. If you click “Products,” you get the message “page 3.” I love the fax number and email address on the bottom-right of the front page (xxx-xxx-xxxxx). Didn’t anyone notice the problems?

Balance (isn’t)

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Ad meiorum Dei Gloriam – St. Louise Catholic Church – Bad Web Design Example for August 19, 2011

August 19th, 2011 1:01 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Since you are or were Catholic I thought you might “like” this site. It’s seriously sucky!

Vincent Flanders’ comments: This church is located in Bellevue, Washington and I used to live in the slums of Bellevue. (Seattle area folks will get the joke. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $544,900. But not in the slums of Bellevue <sigh>.)

The home page is frame-based, which displays the page “correctly” only if you have a large monitor. If your monitor is smaller, you’ll see both sets of frames. The text is way too small and hard to read unless you’re close to the monitor. Sum/many of the subpages have completely different looks like the Confirmation and the Music Ministry pages. Some of the pictures are incorrectly scaled. There’s one 1.4Mb picture that’s 1,500px × 2,10px (scaled to 214px × 299px). Another is 1,024px × 683px (scaled to 700px × 466px). Some of the links open PDFs, but the links don’t identify them as PDFs.

As to the submitter’s comments: yes, I’m a pre-Vatican II, lapsed Catholic. The Latin at the beginning is a remnant from my days at a Jesuit high school. We had to put A.M.D.G. at the top of all our work. It means “For the Greater Glory of God.” That holy thought comes from the same folks who helped bring us the Spanish Inquisition.

St. Louise Catholic Church

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