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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Well that's embarrassing, isn't it? Here we have the website for a WEB DESIGN company. When someone submits a bad website, one of the things we often do is look at the company who created it. Sometimes, the submitted bad website is really old, and a poor example of the design company's current offerings.
Other times, the creator's website is a hotbed of more bad websites. But not today. All we have is a non-working website, which is not going to inspire anyone to hire this company.
Canadian Safety Equipment
Today's bad website sells Canadian Safety Equipment. No idea if it's useful in other countries, perhaps we'll learn as we explore this busy and cluttered website.
Adding to the clutter is a useless 'welcome to the website' message. Seriously? That's as old as Hello World! Flickering, changing pictures vie for your attention. Underhanded technique of stuffing keywords apparent near the bottom - did someone really think that making the font light gray would hide them? Guess what? They are on every page. Shame on you.
|Products: spill kits, chlorine spill kits, tank puncture kits, ammonia spill kits, chlorine institute kits|
|Keywords: spill kits, chlorine spill kits, tank puncture kits, ammonia spill kits, chlorine institute kits indian springs, chlorine institute emergency kits|
Hey, what do you think this company does or sells? We should have a contest. You can't tell by looking, because someone decided that the main visual components of this bad website should be made of Flash. Sigh.
Well, they "provide service" to the high voltage electrical industry. That could mean anything. Lunch, even. Reading further, they'll assist you with investing your maintenance dollars. So they're investment advisors? We've already lost interest.
Where is it? How do you reach them? Does it really matter?
Seeing that this bad website was 'created and managed with Microsoft FrontPage' tells you that the technology at this company is O-L-D. For cripes' sake, it's right there, proudly displayed on the landing page! It's not going to get better from there, we'll wager.
Rudimentary and not secure, there's a comical statement that "This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control." No it doesn't.
The nav menu at the top doesn't match the one at the bottom, and there is not ONE picture on this site, unless you count the pixelated logo in the 'wrong' corner.
Your company might be the best at producing whatever it is that you do. But when your website doesn't show that at ALL on the landing page, who would know? When the images you DO have are small, and named things like 'General' or 'Image' or 'Standard' - that doesn't help search engines find what you make, either. How is anyone going to know?
A bad website can hurt your business. If it looks outdated, or unkempt, anyone who happens upon it somehow could assume you aren't even in business anymore.