When a local business or elementary school has a crappy, outdated website, that's fine, and even expected. We're not going to these sites with the expectation of good design. We're going there to learn karate or find children to practice karate on.
Karate instructors have entirely the wrong skillset for making websites.
Making websites isn't that easy, and the standards for good design and technology are constantly changing. It really is a job for professionals, which is why it's so amusing when professionals fuck it completely up. Here are six rotten web-design elements that plague really, really high-profile websites.
6Too Much Clicking
A fairly common online shopping experience for me is when I sort of know what I'm looking for but not quite. So I'll put in some purposely vague search terms ...
And end up with 15,000 things to look at. And that's fine; I'm totally cool with looking at 15,000 things. But I'd like to do that sort of efficiently, and not like this:
Looking at these products in chunks of 15 or 24 at a time, with a click and lengthy pageload after each page? That's how cavemen shopped online back in 2006. I pick on Home Depot here, but essentially every online shopping site has the same issue. I don't claim to understand the sorcery behind websites that allow infinite scrolling (see Twitter, Instagram, Cracked), but this feels like a problem we solved several years ago.
5Websites That Make You Log In For No Reason
John Cheese covered this a few years ago, but it's still a problem, and in some cases has even gotten worse. It's no longer just e-commerce sites trying to get you to create an account while you check out -- at least there you can still browse the site and see what's available without giving them your email and thinking up a hilarious username. Now, huge sites won't even show you their most basic content without you signing up first. This even includes social networking sites, whose sole reason for existing is making it easy for people to share things.
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Two women enjoy a picture of an erect penis.
For the longest time, I never used Twitter, because Twitter is an ugly garbage site if you don't have an account. The Twitter homepage is incredibly unfriendly to someone who isn't logged in, with absolutely no hint of the content the site has to offer. And for the longest time, even if you directly went to the profile page of some celebrity or person you knew, you'd see nothing but hot nonsense, a half (or third or quarter) of a confusing, reverse chronology conversation. The conversations have sort of been filtered out now, but the reverse chronology remains, and in general it's still not a great look at what Twitter offers.
Pinterest is even worse. I can't claim to have many friends that use it, but on occasion someone has sent me a link to look at some of their "pins." Is that right? Did I use that term right? I wouldn't fucking know, because even if someone explicitly invites you to look at their goddamned pins, you can't unless you sign up for a goddamned Pinterest account.
"WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO SIGN UP? WHAT THE FUCK AM I GOING TO DO WITH
MY POORLY DESIGNED HOUSEBOAT THEN, DICKOS?"