Since we still see so many things that irk us with websites, we’ve decided to write another article on them. You can read our first one here.
So this time, we’ve got another three that we’re sure you’ve all encountered (and have been just as annoyed by) in your web travels. Being in website development, we may see more of these than the average computer user, but we’re sure you’ll be able to relate…
(1) Pages that seem to load, and as you start scrolling to read the content, the page suddenly loads more and jumps up or down another paragraph. And it doesn’t just happen once. We’ve seen it continue the entire time you’re on the site – which in our case isn’t very long, since it’s nearly impossible to read anything when you keep losing your place. The only solution we’ve found is to highlight and copy all the text, then paste it into the word processor or text editor of your choice, to read it. After that, close that tab, and don’t go back. Seriously, how do the owners of these sites (many of them news and/or magazines) expect people to put up with that for long? Just stop it already!
(2) Business websites that aren’t mobile friendly. Nearly everyone has a smart phone or tablet these days, and a high percentage of web browsing is done on one of those devices. Responsive website technology has been available for quite some time, and it doesn’t take much to add the additional formatting and scaling a mobile device requires to make the site user friendly. We understand if it’s just a personal website or blog kind of thing, but if you’re running a business, and you want to reach and gain new customers, there’s no excuse to not support mobile devices. We can’t speak for everyone, but when we encounter such a site, we’re done. We’ll look for someone else who can provide that service or product.
(3) Multiple “download” buttons on the same page. Unfortunately, we see this one all the time. Go looking for a free or trial version of some software or other, and you’re going to encounter this problem. You get to the page, only to be confronted with 5, 6 or maybe even 10 different download buttons! how the heck are you supposed to know which one is the actual application you came here for, and which ones are dubious links to questionable Eastern European scammer websites where you’re likely to get an instant computer virus or scam popup telling you to call “Microsoft” (yeah, right) to get help cleaning it off. It’s not only frustrating, but dangerous too. Ransom-ware is out there, and trust us, you don’t want to get that on your computer! Do these site really think they’ll get return visitors (to see the ads they’re running) if they give them a virus with a fake download button? Fortunately, there are some good / trustworthy sites out there. Our personal recommendation is majorgeeks.com – it’s where we get all our freeware tools.
That’s it for this installment. We’re sure we’ll be back with more, as there just doesn’t seem to be an end to these badly designed and annoying websites.
Thanks for reading!