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Bad Websites – The 40 Worst Websites on the Web

Looking for the best websites on the web? You’re in the wrong place!

No, today we will be looking at bad websites. The 40 worst websites on the web to precise.

But these aren’t just regular ‘bad websites’. There are probably websites out that are uglier with poorer design.

We’re covering popular websites with bad design.

So feast your eyes on these monstrosities!

1. Craigslist

Why it doesn’t work: So popular and so in-demand, one can only think if the overt simplicity of the site is rationally intended. And c’mon, it’s 2020!

2. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Why it doesn’t work: While clean and light, this website is just way too far from what a multinational holding company should be. The website looked so aged it felt offensive.

3. Yale School of Art

Why it doesn’t work: Thinking that it’s ‘Yale’, the design almost seemed like garbage, or unless it was intentionally abandoned like that. Looked old, odd, distracting, hard to read, and the Elitism GIF at the back is just plain wrong.

4. University of Advancing Technology

Why it doesn’t work: Website design looks date, and one hell of a distracted experience because of so many things that try to steal your attention. And what’s going on with that guy? For a university that goes after advancements in technology, this is just way too far from the goal

5. Suzanne Collins

Why it doesn’t work: Know Hunger Games? You’d be so disappointed with this very cheap website that lacked the effort to give justice to such publications. Even the portrait image of the author is unclear!

6. Budgets Are Sexy

Why it doesn’t work: Featured in prestigious firms like NYT and Forbes, this website looks date, cramped, busy, and monotonous.

7. Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Why it doesn’t work: For a website that serves millions in a day, and for a website that has a strong clear purpose, this website has a backward design, has tons of links at the header, and lacks any value other than it’s service.

8. Interrupt Tech Corp.

Why it doesn’t work: A good domain name, but this website design felt like it’s just there for the sheer sake of being in the internet. What’s more hilarious is the way they explain why such is such

9. The One and Only Sparkella

Why it doesn’t work: Channing Tatum’s picture book features a stunning dreamy book cover that captures the youngest of hearts. We can only hope they also pay the same attention to the lackluster website

10. Bob Saget

Why it doesn’t work: The information are all there, but the structure of the site is messy, with unclear headings between sections, lots of off-grid elements that try to distract you, and texts with lack of contrast.

11. Dollar Tree

Why it doesn’t work: Well-known provider of party supplies have a website that has too much texts on each of the products showcased. Green color scheme is supposed to deliver a refreshing feel, not a stressful one.

12. Toronto Cupcake

Why it doesn’t work: Repeated logos yet still unclear, no proper headings, risky layout and user experience, and many more flaws for a cupcake seller that should deliver real finesse

13. Agents of America

Why it doesn’t work: Unless you have previous experience with the agents, one can hardly tell what agency this website discusses. It’s also not clear what they offer, and the site looked more like a blog with a niche that’s also unclear.

14. Illuminati Exposers

Why it doesn’t work: It’s about time we expose the darn website of our dear illuminati exposers. The design looks dated with no updates, and the colors looked like they’re selling party balloons.

15. Rite Aid Pharmacy

Why it doesn’t work: Though functional and catchy, there are some negative spaces on the website design that felt more like voids. Could use more valuable content on the homepage too.

16. Exelon

Why it doesn’t work: The contrast on many elements is intolerable for a Fortune 500 company. Some elements have useless negative spaces too.

17. Vortex Technology

Why it doesn’t work: If you’ve lived during the 80’s to 90s and used dial-up networking to connect to the web, this website is one that you could stumble upon, pun intended

18. CashNetUSA

Why it doesn’t work: The colors are there, but the lack of images destroys the company’s reputation and impact. The hero area is especially bland and underwhelming.

19. UPS

Why it doesn’t work: People might have been very busy in UPS that they don’t give a damn if their website is utterly underwhelming in terms to design

20. Paul Graham

Why it doesn’t work: Looks like this website—if it really is a website—came out of a pocket of a worn-out pair of jeans. It’s so small, and you can’t tell what’s going on. At least many can recognize the title ‘Paul Graham’ which somehow gives the website design some dignity.

21. Turner Construction Company

Why it doesn’t work: Despite the authority in their chosen industry, their website looks way outdated, and the images that showcase their work are too small to be appealing

22. Pacific Northwest X-Ray Inc.

Why it doesn’t work: Conflicting colors and contrast, cheap clip-art animated logo, rasterized typeface logo with an effort to cut the shadow—I just wish the contact details down below should be the first thing people should see.

23. American Axle & Manufacturing

Why it doesn’t work: This website has an interesting hero that felt modern enough, but the rest of the site lacked value and impact. There’s also a lot of unnecessary white spaces all over.

24. Begley Living

Why it doesn’t work: Known for American actor Ed Begley Jr., this website felt like a last minute investment without investing properly on a good web design company. Boring, dry, and lacks a solid layout.

25. Paulo Coelho

Why it doesn’t work: Old-looking with unclear structure, the official website of a renowned author felt like a fresh out-of-the-box blog template of WordPress

26. Connection

Why it doesn’t work: A website that’s in dire need of breathing room and extra space to move around. It just looks too cramped and heavy where one can easily get lost

27. ACME Laboratories

Why it doesn’t work: One fossil in the internet worth mentioning. While very informative and link-rich, the design is way too old for the niche they’re trying to represent

28. USA Real Estate

Why it doesn’t work: Lots of texts are cut off or hard to read, lots of elements fail design-wise, the marquee rolling effect on hero is just totally absurd

29. Maverick Industries

Why it doesn’t work: Aside from the website screaming it’s need for an update, putting up keywords in the background is a terrible tactic to get more hits

30. Stephen Fry Heroes

Why it doesn’t work: Famous Stephen Fry website has a lot of distracting elements, unclear website structure, and a color scheme that lacks cohesiveness

31. Riverside Art Center

Why it doesn’t work: A website for an art center but with no images upfront? You got it. Logo seemed lost or misplaced. Texts also are hard to read. And what’s that chat bubble saying up there?

32. Roadside America

Why it doesn’t work: It’s totally unclear what you’re gonna get with this website, and navigating around for information is just a very awful experience. Take a look also at that cute search bar!

33. JPMorgan Chase&Co.

Why it doesn’t work: The overall website design lacks taste and style, with absolutely no design elements to factor in; just plain texts and images.

34. James Bond 007 Museum

Why it doesn’t work: Unclear structure, cheap image collages, ugly images, this website isn’t even gonna make Mr. Bond’s high-schooler proud

35. United Airlines – Investor Relations

Why it doesn’t work: Website design looked too plain making some visitors to confuse with with an old wiki site.

36. Empire Metal Products

Why it doesn’t work: No this ain’t Star Wars or Star Trek, but you’ll be startled with the ‘explosive’ design that’s not just outdated, but too much of an experience making you wanna put your one foot out of the door

37. Atari Best Electronics

Why it doesn’t work: A word document looks a hundred times better than the site design. Worse that that, one cannot tell which paragraph is more important than the rest. The rainbow logo? Oh please.

38. Plains All American

Why it doesn’t work: Header too tall and overwhelming, misplaced icons on header, some texts hard to read, and a very boxy layout

39. 4chan

Why it doesn’t work: This site is like reddit, but way way more terrible. Obviously the site is intended purely for content consumption, but a little love would do an amount of trick

40. Internet Archeology

Why it doesn’t work: Site filled with features such as accessibility buttons, captcha, and animated elements suitable for children

Bad Websites – Conclusion

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