misty christoffersen











{September 10, 2009}   The Best Worst Website

I figured everyone would be writing about how to design a good website so I thought I’d switch up things a bit…. Instead of telling you how to design a good website I’m going to tell you how to design a bad one. I know all of you are smart enough to not listen to me and do the opposite. Don’t try this at home/work/anywhere!

To make the best worst website you have to make the viewer really regret ever looking at your site. It should be torture for them to look at it and after they see it they will never forget what a horrible site it was. Your number one goal in this endeavor will be to make sure they will never type the address of your site into their browser ever again. That is unless they blocked it from their memory and forgot they were even there in the first place.

At the viewer’s first glance the jumbled mess that you call your website should leave them both blind and confused. This can be achieved by the proper use of text, links, and graphic elements.

Text should be torture to try and read. I find the best way is to choose a type that is too small to read and a bright color that clashes with the background. Also if your feeling particularly nasty you could fill your paragraphs with so many spelling mistakes that even if your viewer put in the extra effort to try and read your type they wouldn’t be able to read it anyway.

But now that you’ve trapped your victim into your abysmal website they will have to try to find their way out (if they haven’t closed the window already) and if you have placed your links in the proper places this should be a synch. Links work best when they are hidden from view and put in the most inconspicuous places possible.

trapped in a website...
trapped in a website…

Photos and other graphic elements can be whatever your heart desires they don’t have to have anything to do with the material covered in your site and serve only to confuse the viewer further.

As I said, folks, this information is NOT the correct way to design a website but I hope I at least taught you what NOT to do. Good luck and use this information as you choose. 🙂

This link has some good examples of bad websites if you care to look:

http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com

Also some good webpages ones here:

http: //www.coolhomepages.com

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