how to build a bad website

Much of this information will seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how often these mistakes still are occurring. We've broken it down into sections to make it a little easier to read (and yes scrolling pages are bad too).

content

  • We don't know what content is necessary or appropriate for our audience.
  • Our content is not organized to meet our visitors' needs, or broken down into logical categories.
  • The content is not engaging, or relevant, or accurate.
  • We don't identify non-HTML documents like PDFs.
  • Our site's content is not written for the web, but for print media (or other media) and we just transferred it to the web.
  • Our pages are too long. We forget that people skim.
  • Some of our site's content - graphics and/or text - is considered offensive.
  • We didn't use an editor (or several people) to proofread spelling, grammar, capitalization and content.
  • We haven't checked to see we've eliminated all "Lorem ipsum" text or other placeholder text and graphics from site, especially from document titles.

t

  • We didn't use an editor (or several people) to proofread spelling, grammar, capitalization and content.Our website has a mission statement or a link to a mission statement on the front page (non-profit's are exempt).
  • Our website has sections that are under construction and the public can access them.
  • Our website doesn't have a privacy policy or legal statement page.
  • Our website's content came from a Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, etc., document and then converted to HTML. (This is BAD BAD BAD BAD and BAD)
  • Our site has outdated calendar information.
 

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