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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.

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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Havenworks is no more.

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

Rest In Peace

Thanks to Reddit for letting me know that Havenworks, one of the cornerstones of horrible, over-the-top web design and The Worst Website of 2008 is dead. Fortunately, Archive.org still has a “working” copy.

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SEIZURE ALERT! – TechSpec NDT – Bad Web Design Example for August 17, 2011

August 17th, 2011 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

Submitter’s comments: Seizure, anyone?

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I have no idea what they do and I don’t care. I’m not sensitive to seizures, but this horrible flashing, strobing images made me feel like I was going to have one. WTF are these people thinking? Wait. They’re not thinking.


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