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Examples of Bad Websites

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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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Official Jim Varney Tribute Website

Example of a bad website: Official Jim Varney Tribute Website

Ernest P. Worrell was a great character played by Jim Varney.  He was a practical yet zany man, so perhaps it is fitting that this tribute website can be viewed as "zany" as well.  However, we're not certain whether the designer is in on the joke or not.  It's entirely possible that this website was created by dumping every available corny and outdated gimmick into a cauldron, and boiling it over a fire for months.  The distilled result was deployed in 2000, and here you have the Jim Varney Tribute and Fan Site.

Although the onsite counter claims well over 200K visitors, it is tracking every visit to the landing page, while in the same session.  While looking through the site, we logged several 'visits' ourselves.  There's not much in the way of navigation, but the links down the left side lead to some real time-wasters, requests for donations, and some pretty crazy stuff.  Consistency in the theme went out the window immediately, and the subpages are boogersites in their own right. 

R.I.P. Jim, it's too bad this website cannot.



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SPC Marketing

Example of a bad website: SPC Marketing

Who gets a lot of spam?  Raise your hands.  Okay, now who likes to eat Spam?  Not so many, sadly.

Here's why we're asking...when an email lands in your Junk folder, with the alluring subject of "Who's Who in Meat", you've just got to see what that's all about.  As it turns out, the email came from a company with their very own boogersite.  SPC Marketing was really barking up the wrong tree when they sent spam to our sponsor, and also when they created this rudimentary website to welcome people who actually reacted to their bait. 

Somewhat surprisingly, this company claims to be a publisher of "Internet Web Sites".  Actually, it's a good thing they cleared that up, because a web(space)site would typically be where a spider would make its food-trap, often located up near the ceiling in a corner.  By specifying "Internet" web sites, it's clear that they want you to know they publish these creations online - which is unfortunate.

There's a broken link to the firm that 'produced' these pages, and doing business through a P.O. Box doesn't inspire a feeling of confidence.  However, keeping FrontPage alive is an increasingly lonely business.  Good luck!



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McMillan & Company

Example of a bad website: McMillan & Company

Wouldn't you think that a website selling organization services would itself be organized?  Having to 'page down' 9 times to get to the bottom of the home page is also not (to our untrained minds) a very good example of organization either.  Oh wait - the headline claims that January is National Get Organized month.  THAT explains it, because January is over and everything on this site has fallen into disarray...even the fonts.

When deciding how your website should portray your company, it is imperative that you sit down with a good designer and talk about the impression you want to convey.  If you sell a product, it should be prominently and attractively displayed.  When selling a service, your website should do all it can to make an impression of quality and value.  There ARE ways to do this.  If you need help with these basic best practices, give our sponsor a call or an email, and they'll be glad to help.

This very website asks the question "How does clutter and chaos make you feel?"  We all agree it makes us want to move on to another website.



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Jay Bee Machine

Example of a bad website: Jay Bee Machine

Are you ready for a ride in the not-so-way-back machine? Buckle up, we're going back to 1998.  It sounds like yesterday, but in fact it was fourteen years ago.  Why are we going there, you ask?  Because that's when Netscape Navigator/Communicator was HOT.  And that's what was used to create this website.  

The world has moved on, but unfortunately this website is stuck in the past.  It's also Under Construction, as it was when submitted to us quite some time ago.  You see, we don't use submissions that are Under Construction until we've given the sites a fair chance to be updated.  This site has had quite enough time, and has now tripped the b.s. meter. 

People - if your website is truly 'under construction', there's no need to tell us about it while you work on it.  Just launch the new one when it's ready.  Leaving an animated gif of a construction worker using a jackhammer doesn't make anyone believe you are actually wearing a hardhat while programming.

A statement of quality certification for 'military specification' from 1998 is a nice historical document, but not relevant proof of any current standards.



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Creative Kids

Example of a bad website: Creative Kids

Voters in Kansas, beware.  Or rather, beware OF voters in Kansas.  This business was voted "BEST OF THE NORTHLAND!!" - and we hope they're talking about the actual services received, and not this website.

Seriously - does anything about this website inspire you to say "Honey?  I think I found a great daycare for our little darling!  Come and look at this website!"  No.  Maybe it's the Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall notices on the landing page.  (tents, ski bindings...)  Maybe it's the lack of a consistent design or visual appeal.  Every page is a different color and theme - and we have yet to see ANY representation of happy kids enjoying their time at this Learning Center.  There is also no navigation once you leave the landing page.

Building your own business website is like choosing to do your own appendectomy.  When it comes to professional services, hire professionals to do the job. 



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