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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Here sits a one-page placeholder, promising that a New Odoul's Web Site is COMING SOON. Early 2020. Psst...it's September 17th... Eh, (shrug) does it really matter?
The reason we stumbled upon this was due to a recent 'news' item that (incredibly) revealed that a certain actress allows her children to drink this beverage. 5 and 7 years old. Naturally, someone decided to go looking for the ABV.
That's when we found this odd website. FYI, one of the very few pieces of information on here is that there is reportedly 'less than .5%' alcohol in this beverage. So that makes it okay for kids? Maybe if you are an actress, it does.
Well...today's bad website looks pretty rough. It seems to be somewhat accidentally responsive, although the configuration is not ideal. Neither is the Subscribe to Podquiz button! IF you know what an rss feed is and how to implement it, you may have exactly what you need. If you were expecting instructions or a basic 'how to', you're out of luck.
Thankfully, there is merchandise for sale. Brown throw pillows, anyone? WAIT - how about a blue PodQuiz bath mat! It's not too early for Christmas shopping...
If you ARE going to try this, there's a link to print out an answer sheet for the weekly 20 question quiz. Good luck!
Atari - Best Electronics
Fact: It takes 40 'page downs' to get to the bottom of the landing page. No wonder, this site is like a time capsule.
There are gems such as:
"are you having problems saving data to your floppy disks?"
How to get the Atari Jaguar Tempest 2000 audio CD
See a Demo of an Atari BBS
and "Having trouble connecting up the your old Atari to your Cable Ready TV and think your Atari is Bad?"
This website is so quaint, it could be a masterpiece with some indexing and styling.
Copyright 2006 doesn't seem old enough, yet that's what's on today's bad website. If a company hasn't updated their website in 14 years (as of this writing) it's a sign that things aren't going very well.
There looks to be links in the upper left-hand corner, but they do nothing. Hey - "News" is the first navigation option, let's try that. Nope - nothing. And no wonder, there isn't anything from 2006 that could rightly be termed 'news'.
As it turns out, the site map is the only place where links actually work. Weird old website, maybe it's time to quietly fade away.
As someone said "this bad website has too much going on" and they're right. An 'accept cookies' bar blocking the top, a giant video that thankfully isn't autoplaying, and an intrusive chatbot already pestering us even though we haven't had a chance to click anything yet.
Chatbots are like a pushy store clerk that accosts you the moment you walk into a store, asking "is there anything I can help you with?" Just calm down! Give people a chance to look around before you - ALL OF YOU - pop up a dang chatbot. It feels like we're being watched.