The 25 Worst Websites of 2013
Here they are. Another year, another 25 sites that make you ask questions like, "WTF?" and "WTF is going on here?"
Each entry will have a minimal explanation and a link to where it appeared as a Daily Sucker with the associated commentary and, of course, a link to the website.
Vincent Flanders' comments: HealthCare.gov is an obvious choice as the Worst Website of 2013. You don't create a website that is this important to peoples' lives and have it mess up like this. Shame on the people who originally put this together. Shame on you.
2. MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Vincent Flanders' comments: Wow. Just click and take a look at it. It's a (pejorative term deleted) joke.
Vincent Flanders' comments: This site is so horrible that my mind feels like it was in a Cheech and Chong movie. Flash is dead. Mystery Meat Navigation is dead (or so I thought). There are no redeeming features to this site unless you have terminal ADD.
Vincent Flanders' comments: It's a WTF Website. As in “What the Heck am I doing at this Website.” I sure hope it isn't a portfolio website. If it's an art website, it fails because there's no way to tell it's an art website. Heck, it's a massive fail because I can't tell what kind of website it is.
5. John Procario
Submitter's comments: I'm not given to hyperbole but even so, this is unquestionably the worst website in the entire solar system. What the hell is this?
John Procario (site)
6. Sunday Morning
The links also move, which doesn’t scream accessibility to me.
Sunday Morning (site)
7. Touch of Modern
Submitter's comments: This is INEXCUSABLE for a website to do this, and there's no way to opt out of this to view the site. And no, I didn't enter my E-mail address. Just WHO signed off on this, anyway?
Touch of Modern (site)
8. Spectrum Powderworks
Submitter’s comments: Here’s a great example of a low-contrast page.
Vincent Flanders’ comments: So true. The contrast on some of the sub-pages is so bad (“The Shop” is an example), you can’t believe anyone looked at the pages. I thought that the site was designed for one particular browser. If so, it’s not Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer.
Spectrum Powderworks (site)
Submitter's comments: Mystery Meat Navigation (MMN) gone mad. Took me about 5 minutes to find where this newly named financial service is located. Turns out it is in Toronto. You would think that, with all their money, they could do better. Less Flash and more information please.
10. Create What Matters Most
Other comments: It makes perfect sense if "what matters most" is confusion.
Vincent Flanders' comments: I love this site because it belongs to an architectural / engineering company. We all know how much architectural websites suck.
12. 1927 Events
Submitter's comments: Flash may be dead, but its legacy of suck lives on in HTML 5.
1927 Events (site)
13. Hugh Jass Burgers
Submitter's comments: …During an idle moment at work, and just out of curiosity, I looked ‘em up online…and saw that their website sucks in more ways than one. For starters, why open the rest of the site in a new window? Makes no sense to me.
Hugh Jass Burgers (site)
14. Why Japanese Web Design Is So…Different
Vincent Flanders' comments: Well, the article didn't exactly say “suck.” They don't have to.
15. Pulcinella Restaurant
I am especially in love with the way that you can't read the word “Menu” if you should happen to mouse over the left side chevron. It just says “Me.” Kind of sums it up.
16. Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association
Submitter's comments: Did anybody look at this site before it went live?
17. Chef in a Box
Submitter’s comments: I found this website from an ad in a website that is about genuine food. I trusted the ad, thinking the website must be good if it’s on this type of website.
Chef in a Box (site)
18. Bolen Report
Submitter's comments: Just how many featured articles can a home page have before none are featured? This one “features” a length of more than 100 (!) pages/screens of articles going back to at least 2005. As with many really Over-the-top Websites (OTT), they love to pile it on.
19. Goetz Theatre Show Times
Submitter's comments: This horrific theater site makes my eyes bleed!
Goetz Theatre Show Times (site)
20. High Noon Holsters
Vincent Flanders' comments: I rarely ROTFALMFWAO (Roll On The Floor And Laugh My Fat White Ass Off) when I visit a website, but I rolled around when I discovered this site…
Submitter’s comments: Focus, people, focus. Organize a bit – try a real menu.
22. Bath Magic
Submitter's comments: Got an ugly tub – er, website?
Bath Magic (site)
23. Bombshell 201X
Submitter's comments: Not only is the writer a (two pejorative modifiers and one pejorative noun deleted ), but the website uses frames and is borderline unusable on my laptop's 1366×768 display. That and this website was made EARLIER THIS YEAR! What over-the-top crap.
Bombshell 201X (site)
24. Rudgwick Steam & Country Show
Submitter's comments: It's got everything: marquee-like tags, embedded media, crammed in info, etc.
Submitter's comments: “Astrobiology – Quantum Physics – Origins – Evolution – Metamorphosis – Extinction,” but not any design sense. Now we know where all the beveled edges and using tables for page layout went to die. I think this purports to be a science publication.