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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Fact: Lightning Will Strike.
Fact: Websites Can Suck. And this one does. Oh, we suppose it was really rad right around the time people actually used the word 'rad' with a straight face. But lightning is not to be screwed around with! And neither is good website design.
If you want to sell a protective service - from anything - wouldn't you want to convey an impression of security and trustworthiness? Danger, doom and scary growing fonts don't do that. Tell users what you do, and why you are better at it than anyone else that provides the same service.
There is some good advice to be found on this site, though. DON'T "Ride a bike or horse as a thunderstorm approaches." Bikes are made of metal, so we understand. But horses??
National Taxidermists Association
If the happy fella in our screenshot is any indication, he did indeed benefit from joining the NTA. Why, that looks like an actual human lady! Well done, sir!
Here's a question: If you have a logo that you like - why stop there? Why not make another one, so you can have one at the top left corner of the website - and here's the crazy part: another one in the top right corner?
It's also a good idea to actually HAVE an secure site if you're going to ask people to enter their credit card numbers, including the CVV number. Maybe that's why the text on the NON-secure page says to "simply fill in this *secure* " (wink wink) form. We're not sure why they didn't also ask for your mother's maiden name while they were at it, so your credit card number could be used for a variety of purchases.
We're also not sure why there's a bald eagle in the header image. We're not supposed to kill and stuff those...are we?
p.s. Any business or organization will appear to be more professional if the contact email addresses are @theirdomain, rather than aol.com. Just sayin'.
The Owners Store!
Every day, we all get junk emails, right? These days, few people fall for clicking on any of the links in those emails. Here at boogersite, we enjoy looking at those (usually) crap websites and today's boogersite is no exception. The email promised, and we quote: "Everything a business owner needs, in one place."
Feast your eyes, business owners, on one of the poorest examples of a WordPress website that we've seen. It's as though someone was dreaming of Windows 8, then woke up and vomited on their monitor.
This site's only purpose - and correct us if we're mistaken - is to lure the unsuspecting into buying something on Amazon. I think we all know how to find Amazon on our own.
We hope that the person who submitted this boogersite is okay. If looked at too long, the images flashing by on this website burn themselves onto your retinas. Please be forewarned before you click on the thumbnail to the left.
But seriously - what is UP with the multitude of crazy animated gifs? Check out the About page, with it's yellow forest featuring Tweety-bird and a "faceabook" link. Or the photo of the website's featured Actor holding a knife to his own throat. ??? The guestbook page, for some reason, has a dangling skeleton. Do you know the ABCs of website design? Always Be Consistent. Theme, design, and navigation should be consistent, or you're going to wind up with a hot mess that just makes site visitors confused, or even angry.
When you hire someone to develop a website, you're (in theory) promoting a person, business, or product. Why else would you bother with a website? The point is - if you're going to spend time and money on a website - please hire a professional. Just as you'd do when hiring an Actor. (just sayin'!)
There are many companies that provide alarm systems for your home. You may see their signs in your neighbors' yards, and recognize the logos of nationally known firms. Not once, however, did you see a brown sign with neon font colors on it. We'll bet the farm on this. Would such a garish color scheme inspire confidence in the quality of the service? In the professionalism of the company? Probably not. It doesn't look so good online, either.
This unfortunately-designed all-Flash (WHY???) website seems hell-bent on driving site visitors away. Put aside (if you can) the sheer unreadability of the text, and try to navigate around the site. You have to scroll around within the pages to see all of the text!
Don't use the 'back' button, though, or you'll leave the website. Which, as you'll soon see, will be exactly what you can't wait to do.