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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One Store 4 You
If you are compelled to write instructions on how to use your site, you’re doing it wrong! If people are emailing you and saying that they do not know how to find things, you’re doing it wrong! If Superman with his super-human eyes can not read your blue on black menu then (say it with us class) you are doing it wrong!
Everything on this site is weak at best, it's not a complete assault on the eyes but it is a sorry excuse for a shopping site even if it is just a collection of links to other stores. The sole purpose of this site is to get people to click on one or more of the banners on the hidden pages. Make things easy for your users! If you are selling products then show products on the front page. If you are a portal of links, (yep you guessed it) show links on the front page.
Big Daddy's Bail Bonds
We could say that this site suffers from a lack of branding because "Big Daddy" the logo is off the bottom of the page. Daddy must have noticed and he put his name at the top side and conveniently it is in the phone number too! Having your name on your website is important but clear concise branding is better than assaulting your visitors with your name. On second thought, most of the users here are probably in jail or getting someone out of jail.
The Most Wanted section is by far the best thing that we have seen today, who doesn't love looking at drunk reprobates showing off their tattoos on their very own wanted posters.
Chestnut Ridge Supply Gun Parts
Believe it or not, at one time this was probably considered a good e-commerce site. For the most part this site is a victim of time and it looks like this site has not seen a makeover in almost a decade. A lot of blogosphere experts will tell you that a site should be redesigned every year. The truth is, a website should be a living organism that should grow and change constantly. If your original design was flexible and sound then you can use a design for several years or until you get tired of it.
You should not have to welcome people to your site. A good design and layout will do that for you. Instead, describe your business. People will read about that, and so will the search engines.
Scrolling marquees are old relics that never seem to die. If you are hell-bent on using them, please make them readable! The seizure-inducing cadence in which these characters march across the screen is enough to make you want to buy a gun..
Warren County Kustoms
First off - what is a Warren County Kustom? Using a 'K' instead of a 'C'? As in, Warren Kounty has a spiffy Khamber of Kommerce? Glad we don't live there. Seriously - this site is listed here for obvious reasons. There are, however, some lessons to be learned from this shining gem of a boogersite.
Notice the pages are named page 1, page 2, page 3. Hurray, we can count! Titles are meant to give your viewers some clue about what the page is about, as well as helping you out with the search engines. The same can be said for the not-so-cleverly designed menu buttons. This is a great example of "mystery meat navigation".
On a general note, the home page has no focus and is littered with animated gifs. No one cares how many people have visited your site, what the weather is like in Franklin, Ohio and scrolling marquees instantly tell us these people have not seen a website in at least 10 years.
One of the first questions that we ask new web clients is the purpose of their website. E-commerce, corporate information, tourism, educational...you get the idea. Then you design around your purpose. If you have no purpose, then you create the Chicken, Alaska website. After you tire of the chickens chasing the cursor (which was never a good idea, not even when everyone still liked Bill Gates), you are left with a poorly executed attempt to be cute and no real idea of what the site is about.
The whimsical navigation may look good on a sign or poster but on a website it should be a tool to move from page to page. Evidently the fine folks of Chicken did not intend for you to go beyond the index page since they never got around to adding content to most of the interior pages.
We really wanted an official "I got laid in Chicken, Alaska shirt" but you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page just to add it to my cart. Once on the cart page we are faced with choosing between secure and unsecured checkout, just in case you do not believe in hackers.