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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.

Marie Callender’s Meals – An Example of Bad Web Design for October 1, 2012

October 1st, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Slow, difficult to navigate, missing items, pretty.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: I didn’t find any missing items, but that doesn’t mean they’re not missing <grin>. I would change the submitter’s comment that the site was “slow” to read “very slow.” I could have cooked a meal by the time the second tab (One-Dish Entrees) loaded.

There are two other major, major problems:

1. Flash. Steve Jobs killed it. If you look at the site on a mobile device you get a bare-bones site that states, in hard-to-read text, “For a better experience, you’ll need to have JavaScript enabled and download Adobe Flash Player 10.” For a better experience, why don’t you make a mobile website I can use without Flash and JavaScript?

2. Image sliders / carousels. The article Don’t Use Automatic Image Sliders or Carousels, Ignore the Fad makes a persuasive case that they are “…a poor way of implementing home page content.”

Marie Callender’s Meals

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Village of Crestwood – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 26, 2012

September 26th, 2012 5:05 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: Found a website that I thought could be a strong contender. Love the gear shaped “oo”s in the name “Crestwood.”

I don’t know why a minivan is for sale on the front of a municipal website. Additionally, the bottom of the page says ” NOTE: This site is not officially associated with the Village of Crestwood. DJM Technologies is funding this project independently…” They are, however, soliciting new ideas for the village’s website and “If you would like to support my efforts in creating the Village of Crestwood web site feel free to make a contribution.”

To make matters even better, I called the village (for a work-related matter) and was told by the person who answered the phone that the offices were closed and that I couldn’t speak to anyone during non-business hours. Why she answered the phone, I don’t know.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: There’s a lack of contrast between the text and the background, which makes the text hard to read; however, the real problem is the “site” is just a bunch of links to other community websites. Speaking of community websites, if you want to see a site that really sucks, try the Crestwood Fire Department.

Village of Crestwood

Posted in Daily Sucker, Usability, Web Design |

rollingpet.net – An Example of Bad Web Design for September 25, 2012

September 25th, 2012 12:12 am by Vincent Flanders

A bad website

Submitter’s comments: It’s a catalog! Another case of a company that doesn’t know what a website is FOR. I’m not about to download some stinking huge PDF file just to see what they’ve got.

Vincent Flanders’ comments: The web is not about putting your catalogs online. I like dogs—other people’s dogs. Even when I owned a dog, I would never ever visit a site like this because it’s too much trouble to find out what they could offer my dog.

I couldn’t read yesterday’s Daily Sucker, Carol House Furniture, because there wasn’t enough contrast between the text and the background. Today, I can’t read the text on the site because it’s too small. Didn’t anybody notice that no matter how big/small you resize the window YOU STILL CAN’T READ THE TEXT?

When it comes to websites, If I can’t read it, I’m gonna leave it.


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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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