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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Fullwell Recording Studio
Have you ever come across a website that shows an award the business has won? Of course you have, and good for them! Companies should show off when they win something. What's a bit suspicious, though, is when that award is YEARS old. Are they still in business?
Today's bad website has just such a statement, winning 'best recording studio for rock' (in Phoenix, anyway) in 2008. That's nine years ago. See what we mean? Have they done nothing impressive in the years since then?
However, that's not the worst thing. The blurry logo, the glaring neon words against a black background, the utter lack of navigation, or even contact info visible above the fold are what qualifies this as a true boogersite.
4 Minute Abs
Today's bad website requires 35 'page downs' to get to the bottom of it. It's a website selling a program to help you lose belly fat, maybe we're supposed to use our abs to press the page down key.
The person who submitted this website said they wouldn't buy the product because they'd have closed this window way before scrolling down far enough to see what's being sold. We agree.
There are going to be people drawn in by this website, though. Who wouldn't want six-pack abs in as little as 4 minutes a day? Everyone! But if it was that easy, we'd all be swimsuit models. Use common sense when you see a sales pitch for something that seems to be too good to be true. It usually is.
Here's what's weird. A website with no information other than a phone number.
Seriously - why even have a website? The purpose of a website is to provide information about your products and/or services so people don't HAVE to call. For a cab company, basic facts like territory, business hours and rates would be the bare minimum of information to provide. To go above and beyond, potential customers might want to know how long you've been in business, how you screen/hire your drivers, a link to glowing online reviews, etc.
Another oddity is the header image - if you can call the weirdly shaped picture of floating grains of pollen (we assume that's what we're looking at) a 'header' - and what in the world of bad websites does this picture have to do with cab service? Points for the first person to provide a logical answer.