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J.D. Lindsay

Avoid The Worst Stuff

Your Website Sucks Websites 1 min read

Don't let your website fall prey to common problems ❌

Hey, thanks for visiting the blog! Quick heads up - this is a micro-post in a long running series called Your Website Sucks - Let's Fix That. If you find what's written here useful, check it out!

There are a lot of bad websites. Even more mediocre ones. Why?

As the modern web grows more complicated, the number of ways to fail has increased. Navigating these potential problems is tricky. And a website becomes bad when it takes on too many of these issues.

Here are just a few:

  • Slow loading times
  • Obnoxious popups
  • Uninspired writing
  • Buried contact information
  • Dozens of useless pages
  • Lack of mobile support
  • Dense company jargon
  • Bad photos
  • Ugly colors
  • Unclear pricing
  • Boring company history
  • There are so many....
Courtesy of Zivtech

The truth is, it's not enough to want to create a great website. Even if you know what success looks like, it's easy to fail. Although it's important to aim at greatness, you must be aware of what failure looks like. That's where this list comes in.

Consider these issues a checklist of what not to do. An anti-checklist. This series offers a lot of the solutions, others you will have to research for yourself.

Once you've eliminated all of these issues, you're site will be in a much better place:

(This is a personal list of mine that is by no means finished. It's constantly evolving, and if you see something that's missing - do send me a message! Would love to hear from you: [email protected])

  • Slow loading times
  • No obnoxious popups
  • Uninspired writing - never write something boring
  • Buried contact information
  • Dozens of useless pages
  • Missing metadata
  • No minification
  • Lack of mobile support / responsive design
  • Dense company jargon
  • Lengthy contact forms
  • Inconsistent design patterns
  • No favicon
  • Quickly moving carousels
  • Uncompressed or ugly photos
  • Broken links
  • Unreadable and inconsistent fonts
  • Poor grammar
  • Ugly colours
  • Big banners
  • Unclickable buttons
  • Lack of whitespace
  • Unclear pricing
  • Boring company history

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Cheers, 🍻

- Josh @kraahkan

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