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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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Empire Sheet Metal

Example of a bad website: Empire Sheet Metal

Regarding this website - are you dazzled?  Impressed?  Blinded?  It sure is shiny, isn't it?  A crow would love it.  But you know what wouldn't love it?  SEARCH ENGINES.  The majority of content on today's bad website is image-based.  In fact, most of it, other than the menu, is a picture.

That's no way to present your services to someone not already on your website.  If a potential customer was out there in the world, searching for what you offer - you MUST do everything possible to ensure your website content is searchable.  Especially in the case of today's website - the content is THERE! Someone went to the trouble of writing it...and then someone else went to the trouble of hiding it from search engines by using the content as an image. 

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A-Karrasel Child Care

Example of a bad website: A-Karrasel Child Care

Sometimes, a website might actually be good - but if you can't get to it or use it, it automatically fails.

Today's bad website starts with a screen that says your browser is being "checked."  The only other thing on that blank page is a "continue" button, so we clicked it.

After that, you'll be subjected to a blinking slideshow.  Endlessly.  You cannot even scroll down.  Chrome, Firefox...same result.  Makes you wonder what that "browser checking" nonsense was all about.

Shrug.  At this point, we've lost interest.

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Solid Wood Cabinets

Example of a bad website: Solid Wood Cabinets

Show of hands, please.  Who appreciates pop-up windows on a website, the moment the website has loaded?  Anyone?  NO!  We don't want to 'chat,' we don't want to sign up for your newsletter, we haven't even looked around yet!

A new trend is to pop those up when you move your cursor to close the window, which is pretty smart.

But not on today's bad website.  As IF the horrid design weren't bad enough, screaming FREE in a giant font just makes you look like a buy here/pay here online used car lot.  

Kitchen cabinets aren't cheap, so why make your website look like a scratch-n-dent discount store?

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Paintball USA Tickets

Example of a bad website: Paintball USA Tickets

"Messy, slow-to-load and useless" are words that were used to describe today's bad website.  Here at, we believe that 'slow to load' is being generous.  It took a full 30 seconds to load the images on display above the fold, we have no idea how long the whole page would take to load and neither would you.  Who would wait that long?

However - this website claims that "millions of customers have saved tens of millions in dollars" using their tickets.  Strangely, there are no tickets for sale on this website, only placeholders for First Product, Second Product, and Third Product.

Good luck saving 'tens of millions of dollars' here.   We can only save you TIME, by recommending you avoid this poor website.

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USA Today

Example of a bad website: USA Today

Go on, try to read some news here, we dare ya'.  In some cases, just going to this "news" website, you'll get a gigantic autoplaying ad.  There's a useless graphic that invites you to 'news below' but it doesn't work.  If you somehow find a way to get the actual website to display, go ahead and click on a story.  We'll wait.  Yep - now all you see is an impotent lure to subscribe for $9.99 a month.


There are plenty of other places that serve up the news willingly, without playing games with site visitors.  Rot in peace, USA Today.

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