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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A real waste of 'above the fold' space, isn't it?  Maybe there was something in that space before Flash went kaboom, because there's a nearly hidden "get Adobe FLASH player' image under the small picture in the upper left corner.  Hidden, because this site didn't bother with responsive design.

In the plethora of too-much information on the landing page, we see "So whether your (sic) a supermarket" which is just careless.  There is also nav across the top, down the left side, and also at the bottom - with different choices.  There must be a LOT to learn about paper & packaging.

Clicking on 'View Stock Products', which is essentially their product catalog gives an internal server error, btw.

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Zeta Beta Tau

Abandoned and lonely, today's bad website is all about a fraternity at the U of Pennsylvania.  We say 'abandoned', because there's not one piece of information on it with a date newer than 2015.  However, even as far back as 2015 is - we're certain that web design was much more advanced than this old chestnut.

Perhaps the starting year of its copyright - 1992 - indicates when this website was the bombdiggity.  Isn't there one fraternity member who has some interest in updating the online home of this brotherhood?  It does not seem so.

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Apex Brands

"This site is currently under construction."  When we bookmarked this bare-bones website on 5/22/22, it was the same.  Under Construction.   It sure is taking a while, so maybe we should stay tuned for the reveal of a website that has been a YEAR in the making.  It's going to be stupendous!

(don't hold your breath)

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Fleming's Lawn & Tree

There's not a lot to see on today's bad website.  There's an embarassing reminder that Adobe Flash Player is no longer supported - which everyone had ample warning of and could have taken steps to replace that mistake with something else.  Such as...let's see...a PHOTO of some beautiful work you've done?  YOU ARE A LANDSCAPING COMPANY.  Surely you've done something to show off and be proud of.  No?

Let's turn to the Services, maybe there's something there.  Click on any one of them, and you get a page describing the service.  All of them.  Nothing changes when you try a different service, the page content stays the same.  We've mentally unsubscribed from this boring website.

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There are some quaint elements on today's bad website.  Instead of being able to click on the company logo to return to the home page, you must click on the Home option on the left-hand nav, then on the submenu item "Home".  Or - if you are on the Manuals and Wiring page, you have the additional option of clicking Home on the top nav menu, or using the now-familiar side menu which requires two clicks.  This also happens within the Online Store area.

There are some pretty pricey machines for sale here, including part number GMV-ATM, with a price of $99,999.99.  One would think that with that product pricing that a better, more modern website could be purchased...


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