We may not judge a book by the cover, but we always judge a business by its website. Over the years, we have come across such hideous website designs that have made us question our own aesthetic sense. While some of them have left us in splits, others have made us cry out loud in frustration!
A bad website design may not always involve gaudy elements and horrible images. Sometimes the lack of user-friendly navigation is more than enough to make us leave the site.
Here’s a collection of such 20 bad websites that will leave you shocked with surprise! This list of worst websites can tell us what design mistakes we must avoid at all cost!
1. Yale University School of Art
When the website belongs to Yale, we expect something extraordinary. But this particular website leaves your senses assaulted especially because you expect an art school to have a website that’s more appealing to your visual senses. For a moment, it leaves you wondering if you are in the right place since, come on, it’s Yale we are talking about!
This website uses Ruby on Rails and is programmed by the faculty and students quite often. But the tiled images in the background and the horrible font choices are simply inexcusable. The navigation is pretty user friendly but the ghastly use of manga and pop animated backgrounds are enough to put you off.
2. Suzanne Collins Books
We love Suzanne Collins aka the author of the Hunger Games trilogy. With the amazing description of the citadel folks in the book and the detailed portrayal of futuristic fashion, you would expect the Suzanne Collins Books website to look suave and trendy. But it’s far from that. Say hi to dead links, white spaces and navigation difficulties. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself.
The website is designed for 200 percent zoom, and clicking on the book covers on the homepage does nothing. As a matter of fact, there’s a surprise word doc that readers can download containing a list of Children’s Choice Award Nominations. We simply do not understand the point of keeping a downloadable word document when it could easily have been just another page!
3. High School Sports in Mississippi
The website is archaic in terms of technology as it’s just safe to say that the designers have not heard of responsive templates. The color combination may be a secret homage to the Confederates, but sure as daylight, it makes you want to put those shades back on. The entire page is overcrowded, and the content is not arranged in different pages. In fact, you need to download PDF files to be able to read the content of each page. As far as we can tell, the website is using a wrong layout. They can go with a WordPress magazine theme/template for better results.
4. Tag Team Signs
If you are bored of your hunky-dory life, please visit the Tag Team Signs website. From navigation to responsive design, everything is just wrong with this one! This is a Flash website with a will of its own. Music starts playing without asking for permission and the animation that gets stuck every second. This website simply does not work on mobile. Statutory warning – do not go in there if you are having a bad day.
5. Gulla’s Arrestling
With the world going crazy over police brutality in certain countries, this website ushers in brutality in website design. It looks and feels far from professional, and the content is simply below par. It is evident that except the website designer, everyone knows the importance of a “Title” tag in SEO. The worst issue is that the registration form for the upcoming conference is a PDF. So you cannot edit it online. You need to download it and mail it. And the website does not have an integrated payment pathway, which means you need to make the credit card payments over phone.
6. Illuminati Exposers
The name surely does grab a lot of eyeballs, but the website will make your senses scream in physical pain. They may be thinking about waking people up from the slurry of conspiracies, but honestly, the designers should have woken themselves up completely before publishing such a worst website. This makes you ask the question, “have they ever seen another website?” Even if you leave out the garish fonts and horrible images, the navigation will not be your friend.
7. Exmouth View Hotel
We are sure this hotel has lost quite a few guests after they checked into their website. If you want to get a crash course on “cheesy website design”, please check out the Exmouth View Hotel website. This may just be the worst hospitality website on the internet. If you want to scare off your guests in the recreation attempt of Bates Motel, definitely derive inspiration from this one.
8. MGBD Parts & Services
The color combination makes you wish that you had your RayBans on right now. The grey and black interspersed with bright red and white makes us wonder if the designer was colorblind. If the website designers were thinking of recreating a brutalist website design, they have failed miserably at it. This website has no sense of minimalism. The pages are overcrowded with content and low-res pictures, which make browsing a pain. Also, the logo on the main page does not match the logo on the rest of the pages.
9. Headhunter Hair Styling
The old website of this business must have been owned and designed by a surfboarder who is a hairstylist during the off-seasons. The background of sea beaches and the badly tiled ocean views made it seem more like a beach vacation site. The current website, while an improvement, is still very basic and slow to load. You will not love it if you are browsing from your mobile phone. The home page is a refurbished intro page with a basic slider featuring stock images. It is a sheer wastage of bandwidth. The company could have easily done without the first page and started directly with their stylist listings.
10. Alfred Sung Eyewear
After a lot of complaints about this high-brow eye-wear brand website, we decided to check it out ourselves. The main page threw us in a tizzy. The Mystery Meat Navigation in the home page is beyond convenient for users, and we don’t blame the ones who leave after a few attempts of accessing their design catalogs. The biggest problem may be the use of Flash in the home page that is not compatible with most Firefox browsers. As a matter of fact, you may be lead to a void if your Flash doesn’t work. It will baffle you, frustrate you and turn on the rage.
11. Electrifying Times
From flashing GIFs to spinning signs, this monstrosity of an electric car website has it all. You will never miss a word with its flashy animations and meaningless font choices. The website is filled with negative spaces (not used in a clever way) and embedded video players that cover relevant information. The website is far from being optimized for mobile devices. And it makes you recheck the calendar to see if you have traveled back in time. The design is a remnant of the early 2000s and the website is a pain to navigate.
12. University of Advancing Technology
The moment you hear Advancing and Technology together, you expect a website that will inspire awe. Well, far from awe, this inspired fear thinking about the graduates that will be produced from the University. If you are accessing it from IE then it’s easy to question your internet connection speed. But in reality, it is pretty gruesome. You can hardly find any information you are looking for and do not be surprised if the home page takes about 5 seconds to start loading.
13. Penny Juice
In the beginning, the website looks harmless enough. But as you delve deeper, you unearth the horrors that will make you scream and hope for a re-screening of The Conjuring for detox. Once you are in, your monitor will explode from all the colors. But in spite of all the distinct colors the font choice leaves every bit of info illegible. If they were trying to be clever by including a juice concentrate theme for their website, they did it horribly wrong. The trauma will keep you off Penny Juice for a while.
This could somewhat qualify as a minimal, brutalist website if it had all the responsiveness and animation in place. We again sadly proclaim the use of animation that takes quite a few seconds to load and the lack of user-friendly navigation features. The links are crazy and makes you wonder if you suddenly suffered from amnesia attacks after clicking the logos on the main page. This is a truly strange website that keeps the purpose a mystery.
Once your eyes settle and start finding pattern in the chaos, you may unearth some precious gems in here. But the initial shock is too much for many. An average first time user lasts about 2 seconds on this worst website before leaving in horror. The content and layout is too overwhelming. We think, this website has great potential and content that is in immediate need of some spring cleaning.
16. Serene Naturist
If the pictures of stone busts and random butterflies dancing around the screen do not get you in the mood for a massage, do not blame yourself. Far from curing your headache, the layout, choice of fonts and the navigation options of the Serene Naturist website can give you a fresh headache. Also, we are really not sure if including pictures of naked butts and bare chests sends out the right kind of message to their prospective clientele.
17. P&M computers, Inc
When a company promises you computer servicing and software solutions, you expect them to do a better job with their website at least. Their choice of background is terrible and we think, this is the mother-load of all pointless intro pages of all websites. This worst website is too heavy for any internet connection and the main page primarily consists of nothing but the P&M Computers logo. They can simply include that in the header or a slider and say ‘goodbye’ to the slow intro page altogether.
18. Ling’s Cars
This worst website will give you a taste of the 70s, the LSD and Molly trips, and not in a good way! The neon backgrounds and music that would have made Helen Keller see and hear. The entire purpose of the website is offering cars for leases, but with the trotting chickens and Dalek webcams, you will hardly have the attention span to notice any. It is utter mayhem that rages throughout the website, and obscures the actual content and services offered by Ling’s.
19. Paradise with a View
Once you have seen their worst website, your desire for spending a sunny vacation in Hawaii will run towards obliteration. The photos on their home page are of various sizes, and the fonts become progressively smaller as you scroll down the page. The rainbow hues in each level of the content does not help much either. Flashing texts in fuchsia, non-responsive templates and squat navigation options placed in the middle of the home page will definitely make you rethink about what Paradise is meant to look like. When you are about to book a vacation your body and mind are crying for some much-needed peace. But a single visit to the website is enough to rob you of your remaining bit of calmness.
Let us not be judgmental for once since they are selling alternative medicine. But their choice of colors, fonts and uncountable number of links to Wikipedia makes you wonder if the designers have ever seen another working website in their entire lives? Clicking on the “Site Search” option opens a new tab that takes quite a few seconds to load.
Scrolling down each page is a tedious affair and we are fairly sure that one page contains 20 pages worth of data and information. There is repetition of content and the sheer lack of weeding out unnecessary content. The entire design and layout is dismal and it sure doesn’t do any good for our immediate mental health status.
These worst websites tell you exactly what not to do when you take your business and services online. If you are still unsure about your website design, but at the same time you do not want to make the same mistakes these website owners made, feel free to contact us.