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Another thing is pop-ups/unders. Urgh!
Poorly written JS, you know, when the menu stays with you as you scroll down, but it jumps around and is quite distracting.
Slow load time. That's not as bad as the other things, but I read that the average time an internet user is likely to spend waiting for a page to load is 7 seconds, after that, they're gone.
All text sites, or pages that are 16' long, and filled with text, when all you need is on paragraph, don't they know that no-one is going to read an entire manual just to get the info from one paragraph?
So I decided to try to design my webpages around what drives me crazy about other websites.
What I'm looking for here is to find out what drives other people crazy, so I can try to implement those issues into my future web designs.
What drives you nuts about websites?
Flash animations with the "skip Flash intro" link embedded in the Flash itself (so users without flash have to way to get to the next screen).
Flash animations that serve no purpose other than allowing the designer to show off a bunch of Flash animation skills.
I often surf with my browser window filling only about 2/3 of my computer screen (1024x768), and I know it's selfish of me but I would really like to be able to read what's on the screen without having to maximize the thing.
Redirects to irrelavent sites...Urgh!
The word "FREE" when nothing is free.(and other misused keywords)
Waiting to disclose the cost of an item (or the fact that it costs in the first place) until after you entered all of your information.
Sites that require e-mail validation, then after the validation, send you a password in the email, then require you to change your password.
Sites that ask for my real name, or my physical address to become a member or submit a link....Why is it important?
but now I have upgraded to 1024x768, and it still happens
Portal sites that tell me my ISP and/or IP + other pointless information such as scren res, colour depth etc. (I know this, don't tell me!).
Prices that don't include VAT and only tell you at checkout (whilst still displaying 0 VAT in the basket)
If I specify "Non-US/Canada" don't expect me to enter my phone number/address in that format or expect me to choose a US state just to make the form valid.
"hacker safe"/other 'safe' claim icons. Never say never and all that ;)
That teenybopper/hax0r typing - Yu N0 teH sORT
Pointless blogs. Not just pointless blogs (after all everyone has the right to free speech) but the ones that blog like they are announcing something. The ones that think they have an audience of 1000's but actually have only a few devotees.
Off-topic adverts. I might like your article about X but I don't want a picture of a maimed animal to distract me thanks. It might make you feel better that you are making me feel guilty however don't use my own guilt/trauma/opinions to fuel your well-being ego.
"Please wait while...<I do something>" messages. Usually pointless. Why do I have to wait for the download to start? I am not actually going to click on those adverts (although thanks for the eye candy adult ads) :)
2. Poorly designed navigation. That includes anchor text stuffing where it really doesn't make sense. Your home page should be marked "home" because it's a homepage. I know what that means. I don't know where "shiny green widgets" is going to take me....
4. Picture of two guys in suits shaking hands*. I don't care if it's a B2B site and that image suits you perfectly. I'll hit the back button if I see it. It's naff. It even looked bad in magazines back in 1986. Don't waste my bandwidth with meaningless imagery. If you want to brand your website, have a nice logo designed that reflects your image and is in keeping with your site design.
* - Pink Floyds Wish You Were Here album cover has complete exemption from this rule, but then, one of them was on fire. The issue here is with "pointless cookie cutter images".
5. "Under Construction". If it doesn't exist yet, don't place a link to it. I still see this a couple of times a week on sites. Get with the program.
6. If you pick a small typeface for your main page style (yes I know, it can look "cool" if done right), then make sure you've used EM's in the stylesheet so that I can zoom in if I'm tired/lost my glasses.
7. "Make this your hompage!" links. That's real arrogance, and if you're not Yahoo! or Google, you cannot pull this off. I've even seen this on B2B sites! An "Add to Favourites" is perfectly acceptable and more appropriate for your site if you're not aforementioned Google or Yahoo!.
8. More than 3 clicks to checkout and I'm buying elsewhere and might not come back ever again. If I have to hit the back button for any reason and you haven't stored my details meaning I have to retype them all, then I'm going elsewhere and I'm definitely not coming back again. And I'll tell all my friends never to use you. Yeah, that one really makes me cross.
10. If something is going to take a long time, tell me in advance and remind me to be patient and to not start hitting refresh or the back button.
Images that are not optimised. Don't squeeze your 250kB picture into a 80x80px image; use a proper thumbnail image to link to the large version. (I've got the dialup blues, can't you tell?)
Blogs with far too much on the page, so that the scrollbar is about one sixteenth of a inch thick. I see this, I leave your site pronto.
The page loading "freezes" half way down becuase my browser is trying to contact your stats website.
A minor annoyance but forms that need me to submit a lot of data and then tell me I've missed a few fields, whilst loosing that data in the process. Client side validation is nice on large forms.
Abuse of the ALT attribute. Whilst it may render a nice "tooltip" in some browsers, some users actually rely on that tag so don't fill it up with ASCII art fish or pointless meanings - like "this is a picture".