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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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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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The Beauty Lounge

Example of a bad website: The Beauty Lounge

Today's bad website is missing an FAQ section, so we'll make one for this place:

Q:  Why does the content only take up half the screen?

Q:  Why is the page title "Home?"

Q:  Why is there no navigation?

Q:  Why is there no address?


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Example of a bad website: NSTA

If you ran a business called the National Security Training Academy, it would seem like a no-brainer to have a secure website.  Right?  At the very least, you'd secure your online enrollment form.  Right?  Fail on both.

Today's submitted bad website was made back when having 22 keywords or phrases wasn't unusual.  That's no excuse for keeping them these days, especially when none of those words or phrases appears on the site.  Do you see Fire Alarm Installation Methods anywhere here?  Nope.

Text on the website indicates that the training you can purchase is "is designed to help electronic persons stay abreast of the complex and expanding electronic security industry."  This old website doesn't do much to foster that impression.

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