Way back in the early to mid-nineties, when the internet was rapidly becoming available to the general public, the WWW started off as something of a nobility. There were numerous parts of the net that were far more serious and more functional. Telnet, FTP, USENET and Email were the practical protocols that were used more for business.
The world wide web began to gain popularity when the first version of Internet Explorer and subsequently Netscape Navigator from Mozilla. HTML was the new language for the web which was very powerful in navigating from one address to the next but it had huge limitations. There was no flow of control that was found in “real programming languages” and there was no way to make a website look pretty unless one crammed it full of photos and used a level of creativity that the average person did not possess. Most of what one viewed on the web were in fact ugly websites.
The internet has come a long way yet, to my surprise, many ugly websites still have that horrible look of the early ninety’s. Here is a list of the ones that are the worst offenders.
Ugly Websites come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sounds yade yada yada
Perhaps I need a new bath tub, but not as much as uglytub.com needs a new website. Maybe if they called it Ugly Website, things would be better. Tiny type makes it impossible to read and the quality of the images are ghastly Flashing gif animations and gaudy tables make this website something to be seen, or not to be seen
As a web designer I just get a sick feeling looking at an ugly website like this. It is
actually quite popular in the bottle collector community and it makes me feel like I should give up designing. The ugly red typeface clashes with the poorly rendered images and I would hope it leaves others depressed as well.
Anyone knows that sound is a no no on a website and everyone hits the back button when they hear unsolicited sound. They go one further by putting an animation of a man overlaying the ugly website.
My only consolation is that most of the patrons had actually emptied many bottles before they come to the site. Therefore, they have an excuse.
This is just cheesy and looks so spammy that I almost get itchy looking at it. Images, advertisements, videos and text all crammed together like commuters on a Manhattan subway only a train in Manhattan will get you to your destination. Unfortunately, for this site, navigation is nearly impossible.
Turn your sound on for the ultimate online ugly website experience…
Despite the fact that I have been using craigslist for years, and cannot
remember one useful connection coming from this ugly website. Being a haven for scammers, spammers, child molesters, rapists and drug dealers, it has an interface that still looks like it is from 1991. There are no style sheets present and the programming is so sloppy it appears as if it is being maintained by junior high school interns. If it were around in the time of Solomon, Proverbs may have had a passage “The key to wisdom is avoiding all ugly websites such as, craigslist.com”
When we meet a person that talks too much what do we do? I, for one, try to be polite and shut off everything they say. Others will try to take it all in and yet others will rudely walk away. That is exactly what I think of when I see ugly websites such as gatesnfences.com. They overwhelm the visitor with cheap graphics, flashing lights and text, mostly irrelevant, shouting out everywhere one looks.
Sorry to put the screen capture thumbnail here. The first time I visited this
site I sneezed and went away with a headache. I finally developed a tolerance and I can view it for about 5 seconds. It is a children’s website and children do like bright colors while learning about the world. However, to use bright colors is not the same as gaudy beyond belief and this site would have been laughable in the early 90’s.
Another reject form the Clinton years this site has four feature articles on one page. Nowadays, it is very bad practice to include four H1 or title tags but four feature articles? Forgeddaboudit!
I can’t remember how far back the James Bond, agent 007 spy character has
been around. He was quite the masculine and charismatic figure that man wanted to be like and women lusted after. Unfortunately, that image will change for everyone that visits ugly websites like 007museum.com . Default fonts aka times new roman and default style sheets and cluttered graphics are very unbecoming of a website for a mega spy.
This site may be supposed to look like a catalog but it is more like falling into a landfill before the debris have been covered. Random low-resolution images are everywhere and if it were a representation of a junk yard, it would be the perfect website. However, it is not.
Over-the-top Photoshop filters on images and extra busy graphics and text
makes one wonder how a search engine can find this needle in a haystack. This site is the ipidamy of everything that would make a designer cringe and an editor change careers. It is just a gaudy mess. If your website has appeared on our list then, please don’t be offended, but it might be time to consider a redesign (if you can still access it, that is…).