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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At first glance, you can't really tell what this website is for (big mistake.) Especially if you were on your iPad or iPhone. Adobe Flash ain't ever gonna work on those. Message to overpriced developers out there: QUIT USING FLASH ON WEBSITES. You charge people a lot for something that excludes HALF of smartphone visitors. As of Dec. 2014, Apple vs. Android phone sales were in a dead heat, at 47% each.
So what is Table24? A closer look reveals that it is a restaurant. The Flash content you couldn't see is slow pan of the interior of this place...completely empty. There are no happy smiling diners eating delicious food. There are no pictures of the food. That strikes us as odd, how about you? Then again - the company claiming credit for this website doesn't even have (at the time this reviewer checked) a functioning website of their own, so what does that tell you?
The About Us page thankfully tells of an Artisan Cage-Free Egg Sandwich, which doesn't sound tasty at all, but does solve the problem of those hard-to-eat caged egg sandwiches. It can be hell on your manicure, peeling those cages off.
White House Creations
Here at boogersite.com, we often wonder what prompts someone to send in an example of a bad website. Did they just stumble across it? Are they a disgruntled ex-employee? Or...have they gotten nowhere trying to convince the company that a website redesign is long overdue?
In the case of this recent submission, it's hard to tell. If you can get past the design (or lack of it), it doesn't take a professional to see that some very basic information is missing. A phone number! An address!
Although...looking at this website for a web design firm, it may be unlikely that you'd actually WANT to contact them.
James Bond 007 Museum
After a lengthy internet search - okay, it was a few minutes, actually - we learned that the Bond character is about entitlement, sex, and violence. He can appreciate fine wines, shoot adversaries in cold blood (and with a certain pleasure), and acquire information on his enemies by seducing their mistresses, who usually end up dead as a result.
The recently-submitted bad website for the James Bond 007 Museum doesn't bring to mind any of these traits. If this website was a movie character, it would be an annoying motormouth that you couldn't wait to get away from. Kinda like Jim Carrey.
It doesn't take a professional to see the issues with this website. After outwitting decades' worth of villains, let's hope Bond doesn't lay down and die of embarrassment.
We've all heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words", right? Unfortunately, the image used as the main focal point of the lastest bad website is not worth anything. Distorted, blurry machines on a shop floor aren't going to present your facility as modern and capable.
We know nothing about 'injection molding machines', but a quick Google indicates they can cost between $12K and $150K. Spend a tiny fraction of the cost of one of your stated '8 machines' on a website, and you'll likely get more paid use out of them.
People - spend some money on your business website. Yahoo! SiteBuilder is not the way to go. If you have a REAL business, charging REAL money for your products or services, don't cheap out on the one salesperson that works for you every day, all day, and all night every night. Please realize that the overwhelming majority of people (in fact, who DOESN'T?) look up a company online before deciding to do business with them. Don't leave yourself hanging out there with an embarrassing or homemade website.
All American Lock and Key
When it comes to bad websites, some of them are easy to spot. This newest entry has obvious problems, such as the use of what seem to be wingdings in the header for some reason. The url is also different from the name of the business, which could be on purpose. Notice the url is what a person might actually search for to find this service business. Shady? Or just tricky? Most of the images are broken too.
To be fair, this business has a lot of good reviews on a popular review site that begins with a "Y" (not going to give them any free referrals, though you can probably guess.) Replacing keys, getting you into a locked car or apartment, and providing many other locksmith services - they seem to be good at. Web design, not so much.
UPDATE: Good for you, American Lock and Key - congratulations on your new website!