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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These are the keywords for this website: bus charter, charter buses, tour bus, school bus, entertainer coach, charter bus, bus rental, charter bus rental service, bus charters, limousine buses, bus, charter, service, usa, nationwide, limo
12 of the above keywords or phrases aren't even present on the landing page. RULE: keywords should be kept to 2 or 3 key terms, and MUST be what the page is about. Otherwise, PENALTY. Why would you specify keywords and phrases, and then not even mention them on your site? It's not a recipe, folks. Search engines don't look at the keywords, mash them together, and come up magically with what you intended them to mean. YOU must do the work. If done correctly, your website will be rewarded with traffic, and ultimately - customers.
In this example, why is 'usa' even a keyword? Did you really want search engine users to type 'usa' and come to your website? We didn't even GET to the appearance, but that you can see for yourself.
The person who submitted this bad website said it's "unbearable to browse." Unbearable, yes. Tiring? FOR SURE. It's HUGE! It's also violating what we were sure was one of the Ten Commandments, Thou Shalt Not Use Comic Sans, EVER. It is also mostly comprised of links.
This website seems to be urging everyone to learn Arabic. The word Arabic is present so much, it stopped looking like a real word. So we checked. That word appears 420 times on the giant landing page. It also has information on Senior Citizen Travel, so there's that.
This is easily the worst website we've seen this year.
Midwest Motorcycle Supply
The person who submitted today's bad website says "way too many photo rollovers!" and we agree. More design sins await you on the subpages, all having a different color scheme and "style."
A well-designed website is consistent with font, colors, and format from page to page. If you're going to use brand logos, make sure they are high-res instead of the blurry messes on the FAMILY OF BRANDS page.
We tried three times to load the main feature, the 2017 catalog PDF, and it would not load. A lack of responsive design also declares this website a booger.
A website should have a purpose. Some are informational, some are self-promoting, most are selling something. It's hard to tell what today's bad website is for.
There are pictures, definitions, explanations and contact information. There is a navigation option for Video, but there's nothing there but a green background that'll make you dizzy. What's missing? Something that tells the website visitor what to do.
It doesn't help that the photos and information are being presented in a very old-fashioned way. Maybe this website's been abandoned, the photos are stamped 2002, which is 15 years ago.
If you have a company that is in the business of selling website development, you'd better have a website of your own that is impressive. Makes sense, right?
Today's bad website claims to build and host web sites (sic) for businesses nationwide. This is a strange claim, as it's hard to believe that any modern business would want their website to look like this one. Would you drive around in a crappy car if you were trying to sell luxury cars? Wear stained, mismatched clothes if you were trying to sell upscale menswear? You get the point. Unfortunately, this website does not.