5 Broken Websites

Posted by David Murton on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

There's something about a broken website that makes for a uniquely frustrating experience.

It's not just the fact that they can be hard to navigate or visually assaulting, but also the fact that they can be inherently broken with out of date plug-ins and poor design choices. Without further ado, here are 5 notably broken websites.


1. Ohio Valley Lightning Protection, Inc.


It says a lot when you land on a site and it asks you to download an out of date plug-in for parts of the site to even display correctly. As a point of clarity, the plug-in was up to date on our end; the site itself was using an out of date version. Besides that, the site suffers from the usual offending design choices - inconsistent font styles/sizes/colours and an overall conflicting design layout. Then you also have the animated gif of lightning that flashes for a mere second (which made capturing it a real pain). It's the epitome of a bland, broken design.


2. The Owners Store


This site sort of makes sense, I guess. It's a site where business owners click on links to be navigated to sites that can help with business needs. Although I don't really understand why a very consumer-looking image was chosen for the 'Shopping' link. But the issue with this site, besides its extremely basic layout and poor font choice at the top is that basically half or more of the links are either broken or lead to other sites that are equally, if not more, broken than this site.


3. Evangel Cathedral

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This is the only site on this list that I'll provide an actual link to, (the others you can find through Google, anyway) and the reason for this is just so you can see it in motion. If you've ever wondered what's so wrong with animation on websites, this is a prime example.

At first the site doesn't seem that bad, but as soon as it starts rapidly changing images, flashing words on the screen and the image of the man in the top left constantly alters, you realise how nauseating it can be. Oh, and every time you click on one of the links in the menu, an obnoxious loading animation occurs complete with expanding boxes and a bright white flash.


4. Stop Alien Abductions


Well, I guess if you're going to devote a site to the idea that creating a leather helmet will prevent aliens from adbucting you/controlling your mind (and noting that there's only been one failure since 1998), it's not as if your site is going to get that many views anyway. So who actually cares about good design, right?

Look, I'm not saying that aliens can't exist, but I honestly don't see how a leather helmet will protect you. The site feels like it was created by a crackpot theorist who more than likely hallucinated an abduction once and had an epiphany that leather fixes all. So this one person created a site with the usual random text sizes and overall bland design. No doubt this site was home made, so I guess you can't get too critical.


5. Dinesh's Personal Home Page


What the? I just... Ugh, I don't even know. The site was last updated on March 22, 1996 (which you can read if you squint and don't let your eyes bleed). The last update stated the site is to get a redesign. Well, 17 years and counting...


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