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Does Your Website Look Like The Worst Websites of 2010?

We all hope our sites look like the "30 Most Beautiful Websites," but we know they won't. The nagging question is, "Do our websites look like those on Web Pages That Suck?."

List 1: The Worst Websites
of 2010

The year started off slowly. In fact, by the time I picked the finalists for the Worst Websites of 2010, I said, "It's hard for me to believe, but it looks as if bad web design wasn't as bad in 2010 as it has been during the last 14 years." Still, there are a lot of bad design elements on these sites you might be using.

Well, you can't keep bad web designers down for very long. As the year progressed, uglier and uglier sites started appearing and by the end of the year, our Numero Uno showed up.

Worst Websites of 2010

List 2: The Worst Websites of 2010 - User Interface / Navigation

The year 2010 was memorable for the number of bad websites whose User Interfaces sucked. There were so many, I had to create a separate grouping. Personally, I think the User Interface / Navigation examples are worse than the ones here. You can see them at:

Worst Websites of 2010 - User Interface / Navigation

List 3: The Sites That Were the Original Contenders

Here are the sites that inspired out final selection: The Worst Websites of 2010: The Contenders

Worst sites of 2011 in the first quarter

2011 — 63 Sites Fighting for the Bottom of the Web Design Pile.

The first nine months of 2011 have been a very scary time for web design. Scary because web design has been around 17 years and yet people are still acting as if it's this shiny new toy. They take what is like a beautiful, delicate baby doll and then yank out its heart, stomp on it and paint it fire-engine red.

I'm on my 16th year of critiquing bad design and, frankly, I still am amazed that people—including major corporations (Xerox, are you listening)—haven't learned much.

2011 Contenders Q1

The first three months of this year have been interesting because I've tried not to feature as many Over-The-Top Websites as before.

Still, there are plenty of websites that are "challenged." suck, including 10 of my favorites. When Q2 comes out, I think the definitive #1 Worst Web Site will come from this group.

The Ten Worst Websites of 2011—First Quarter

The 20 Worst Websites of 2011's Q2 and How They Relate to Your Website

In Q3 we have some more big name organizations showing up—Pine Sol, State of Utah, Trader Joe's and Xerox. In fact, it's possible that Xerox will be the Worst Website of 2011 because their site is just awful.

I've gone through each site and identified their mistakes using my checklists Web Design Checklist 1: 165 Mortal Sins and Web Design Checklist 2: 83 Potential Mortal Sins. It was a very tedious process. Hopefully, this will help you see which mistakes you're making with your site.

The 20 Worst Websites of 2011: Second Quarter Contenders and How These Sites Relate to Your Website

The Worst Websites of 2011 Q3: 33 Contenders

This article is in first-draft mode. I wanted you to see it because there are some very worthy contenders for worst website of the year.

The Worst Websites of 2011: Third Quarter Contenders (First Run-Through) and How These Sites Relate to Your Website

We do not think the web sites listed here are well designedThe Worst Websites of 2009-2005

It's amazing how much garbage passes for web design.

I started "awarding" the uncoveted "Worst Website of the Year" back in 2005. There have been way too many winners.

Some of the more notable organizations that have been featured through the years include:

  • Pope John Paul II
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Yale School of Art
  • whitehouse.gov.
  • Harvard University
  • Xerox
  • TechSoup
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Brown University Research
  • Ace of Cakes (television show)
  • Bernard L. Madoff Invest. Securities
  • U. of Nebraska Architecture
  • Superior Court of California
  • U.S. Republican Party
  • Leo Burnett Advertising
  • MIT Architecture
  • Hermès
  • Brown University
  • Diners Club
  • God Hates Fags
  • El Paso Water
  • Tampax
  • Crumpler Bags

Overview of the Worst Websites of 2010-2005

Worst Websites of 2009
Worst Websites of 2008
Worst Websites of 2007
Worst Websites of 2006
Worst Websites of 2005

Worst Web Site for 2009 - Haiti News NetworkMore Examples of Bad Web Design

The site is, after all, called Web Pages That Suck <grin>. While I don't keep an archive (I'd spend my life trying to keep it up-to-date), I have plenty of articles that show what not to do on your websites. These articles are well worth reading.

The Worst Web Pages of the Decade

I've been writing about bad web design since July 1996 — and nobody knows more about what sucks up a site.

I've gone through my hell-hole of bad web sites and picked out the 30 that I think typify the worst in web design over the last decade plus. There are not a lot of subtleties here. Ugliest / Worst Web Pages of the Decade

Over-The-Top Websites:

The most horrible looking web sites use what I call "Over-The-Top" web design techniques. Web sites that use Over-The-Top design discuss topics like philosophy, religion, politics, end times, etc. — but they're generally not mainstream. The Catholic Church won't use Over-The-Top design, but "Accept Jesus, Forever Forgiven!" will. Over-The-Top Websites

Gorgeous Web Sites From The Late 90's To Inspire You — If You Have No Taste

Recently there was an article about how popular web sites looked in the late 1990's. While it's interesting to see what Adobe or Apple looked liked back then, there isn't much you can learn from these sites. On the other hand, you can really learn from and be inspired by web sites that are featured on Web Pages That Suck — especially those from the late 90's. Gorgeous Websites From The Late 90's To Inspire You — If You Have No Taste

Still Sucking After All These Years:
15 Years — 15 Websites Stuck In Suck

Since Web Pages That Suck is now well into its 15th year of sucking, I thought I'd look back over old selections that I thought sucked and find 15 that hadn't improved. Sadly, it wasn't that hard a task. Still Sucking After All These Years: 15 Years — 15 Websites Stuck In Suck

Don't make these common web design mistakesThe Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

I've gathered what I think are the biggest web design mistakes committed during the period 1995 to 2015. Yes, it is a little facetious to say these mistakes will be made in the year 2015, but it's human nature to repeat your mistakes over and over. But it's human nature to repeat your mistakes over and over.

If you could take away one thought from the article, I would like it to be "Visitors to your web site don't care about your problems. They want you to solve their problems now.

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

The Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015

  1. We've designed our site to meet our organization's needs (more sales/ contributions) rather than meeting the needs of our visitors.
  2. A man from Mars can’t figure out what your web site is about in less than four seconds.
  3. Focus, dammit.
  4. Using design elements that get in the way of your visitors.
  5. Thinking your web site is your marketing strategy.
  6. Have you ever seen another web site? Really? Doesn't look like it.
  7. Navigational failure.
  8. Using Mystery Meat Navigation.
  9. Site lacks Heroin Content.
  10. Forgetting the purpose of text.
  11. Too much material on one page.
  12. Confusing web design with a magic trick.
  13. Misusing Flash.
  14. Misunderstanding the use of graphics.
  15. Mystical belief in the power of Web Standards, Usability, and tableless CSS.
  16. JavaScript.
checklist of bad design

Web Design Checklists

Smashing Magazine put these lists under the category "Ultimate Web Design Checklists" and said:

This checklist from Web Pages That Suck is one of the most complete checklists out there.

This article has been revisedMy two web design checklists will help your website not suck.

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on seminars or spend hundreds of dollars on books to find out what's wrong with your web site.

I'm giving you the tools to do the job yourself. Just compare your site against two easy-to-use checklists and find out what you need to fix.

Web Design Checklist 1 — 165 ways you're killing your site.
Web Design Checklist 2 — 83 ways you're maiming your site.

What do I do now? — Hopefully, fix what's wrong.
What we clicked on in Checklist 1 — See mistakes others have made.
Top 30 Web Design Mistakes — See the most "popular" mistakes.

Learn how bad web design kills your siteThe Concept Behind
Web Pages That Suck

In describing my first book, Amazon.com said, "Unless you're abnormally gifted, the best way to learn a craft thoroughly is to learn not only its central tenets but also its pitfalls."

Looking at bad web site design is valuable because it gives us the opportunity to learn from other people's mistakes without having to make them ourselves.

Winston Churchill once said, "All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes." If you go through this site and learn from all the mistakes you see, you will be a very, very wise web designer and be able to take a bad web site and change it into a good web site.

Of all the comments about WebPagesThatSuck, the one by "rocknbil" on one of the WebMasterWorld forums best describes the site's value:

If there is one thing I wish someone had banged into my head from the start, it is everything mentioned on this site (Web Pages That Suck). Read it, study it, beat your ego down into the box where he/she belongs and apply it to your own work. You will become stronger and better for it.

But alas, I probably wouldn't have listened. I have a BFA in Art and came from the print industry, so a large part of my directive was all about the design, all about "how it looks" and to heck with everything else. I'm just thankful I learned how wrong I was early on.

Great web design is an art and occurs when design and content are seamless and you don't notice its greatness. With great web design, it's easy to find the information you need. The content makes you want to return again and again and, most importantly, great design gives credibility to the company/organization.

The Daily Sucker - Current examples of bad web design

The Daily Sucker

Fortunately, web sites featured on this site often fix their mistakes, which explains why some sites mentioned here don't match their description. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed.

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.

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