Examples of Bad Websites
There are countless examples of embarrassing website designs and development out there. These are the latest examples we have discovered. For each site below we provide a brief analysis to assist you in avoiding the same pitfalls.
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It's a pretty bold claim to offer "E-Merchant Secure Shopping" when your own website isn't secure. But that's just one of many best-practices infractions on today's bad website.
Let's count the issues: One, the site's not mobile-friendly. Two, offering background music (if appropriate!) Hint: that would be NEVER. Three, touting Yahoo search engine placement. Even if that ever WAS a thing, it's no longer accurate. Four: having Testimonials from clients that no longer have the website you made for them. Five: The ones that are still active load slower than cold ketchup out of a glass bottle. Six: having a gmail email. FOR YOUR BUSINESS!
Williamsburg Scooter Rental
Who knew that scooter rental was a booming business in Williamsburg? If you want to see the sights and didn't realize you needed a scooter until you arrived, you can rent one. Why you didn't bring your own is a mystery.
There are several companies that rent scooters in Williamsburg, the website we're showing you today features a slideshow of charming photos of their product in use. What's missing that other rental companies have is the brand, size, and price of the rentals.
We don't see the name of the company, a location, or a phone number 'above the fold,' which is standard best practice for websites. The website is also not mobile-friendly, which in this case is a terrible pun.
Using this site's incredibly rude obstacle as an example, they are attempting to justify it by telling you it'll make your successive visits go more smoothly, as IF we'll ever be back - as well as to collect details to better serve us advertisements. As IF anyone likes those.
So - whatever you were selling, you just lost out.
Hanover Pancake House
Busy and colorful, this website isn't terrible, but it is a mess. You can't even see the address because it's overlaid with other text. Kind of cute misspellings abound, such as 'chipolte' and 'andoulie' which may be exactly how the locals pronounce these words.
We were confused by .mid and .aif files opening at the bottom of the screen until we realized that with each navigation menu click, a sound file was trying to play.
Oddly, the Reviews show 'guestbook' entries, not all of them complimentary so maybe no one's monitoring entries such as "WAITED FOR OVER A HOUR AFTER ORDER WAS TAKEN BEFORE RECIEVED ANY FOOD" and "Had one of the worst services and comments from any restaruant on this planet." and " The entire staff ignored us while we were there." Oops.
Here at boogersite.com, one of us had occasion to use a portable toilet over the weekend. Let us tell you - there is a LOT of room for improvement in these ubiquitous outdoor facilities. Maybe the company behind today's bad website is making strides in their field, but you wouldn't know if from their dated website. By Network Solutions, of all people!
Amusing motto (We Want Your Stinking Business) aside, the site's a mess. We found a misspelling, an audio testimonial, a movie that won't play, and some old PDFs which may still be relevant and useful on how many units you need for your event based on length and attendence. Those PDFs were the most modern-looking part of the experience.
In short - if your website looks dated, internet searchers may assume your company is too, if still in business at all.