So it comes down to this…. We develop functional, easy to navigate websites for our clients. We put a lot of effort in to making them user friendly and easy to navigate. So it really irks me when I am browsing the web and come across a site that is either completely lacking in usability, or is such an eye sore that I’d rather close my laptop and walk away than even attempt to figure out what I was looking for.
Today I was looking for something fun to do near by: A festival perhaps or a fun crafts fair. Well after browsing these sites trying to figure out where to go, I am now more frustrated then ever. These sites look like they were written on MySpace, circa 2003. What’s worse… trying to use them is impossible…
However, one good thing has come of all this; An outlet for my frustrations, and a place for me to rant and discuss these experiences with other burned web users.
And that brings us to our first and hopefully ongoing posting of the “Worst Website of the Day”!
The site, or in this case the page for the “40th Annual Long Island Bavarian Festival“. I can get behind the fact that not everyone is a web developer, or has the slightest grasp of typography or color, but this is just terrible. That background makes my eyes water in attempting to read whats on the page. I have no idea what this page says because as soon as I saw it, I closed the window. It may have well been written in German. Let’s get down to some other issues here… The page has 6 links. The first one is good (at least they can make a link). The second link (which you really have to strain to even see is a link because it is a blue link on a checkered blue background) goes to a domain parked ad page! This is a yearly event, and this page was created specifically for this one time. There are only 6 links. Couldn’t you have checked that they all worked!? Uggh… I may as well stay home today and write a blog post, rather than visit your festival. I’m sure it would have been a great time, but unfortunately I wouldn’t know it from the “website”.
Perhaps a picture of last years event would be a good start. Perhaps making it on a solid color background would help, or maybe next time you should contact a web designer for their advice. I wont even get started on “The Main Page” and the rest of the site, but lets leave that for a future posting in the “Worst Website of the Day”.
Enjoy your weekend, go out and visit a park, or perhaps a Bavarian Festival…