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In my research to reacquaint myself with the SEO and web design market, I was looking at good and bad examples of web design, and came across WebPagesThatSuck.com. And I was aghast.

It’s not that hard nowadays to have a simple, decent site. WordPress.com is sufficient to give you something that’s not awful. And still there are terrible, and I mean terrible, sites out there. I don’t mean just a little bad or a little outdated. I mean downright mind-boggling awful.

In the brief time I researched, I noticed two common types of “terrible.” The first is what you expect – overwhelmingly antique or hard-to-read, flashy (as in epileptic-causing) sites with text that matches too well into the background and too many moving parts.

The other kind, however, is the complete opposite – it’s these sites that have tried so hard to break the mold of “common” web design that you don’t know what’s going on. I’ve now come across two websites in particular that remind me of video games. One of them had floating tiles of information (you had to mouse over them to see what said) and you could literally move your “view” of the “room” like you were turning. It took me forever to figure out what the site was actually for, let alone how to navigate it. And don’t ask me how long it took to load it on my computer, either. If I had been searching for something online and came across that website, I’d have stayed only to wonder at the design before leaving out of confusion.

I think these two extremes show there is bad web design, and then there is bad conceptualization of web design. That is, you can literally have bad web design, but you can also have a great design with poor execution that results in a poor website, either by being confusing, overwhelming, or both.

No matter which way a website falls, however, I’m always baffled as to why it is that way. The “too modern for its own good” ones make a little more sense – at least they are trying, and just tried a little too hard. Yet the truly poor-designed sites blow my mind (and sometimes my eyes). It’s not that difficult or expensive to make a decent website. And if you want a truly optimized, user-friendly, and eye-friendly website? RevBuilders Marketing can make it happen.

So why are there still bad sites? I have no idea.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see what bad design actually looks like, and you want to work out your gut muscles laughing, check out WebPagesThatSuck.com. (Although be warned, some of the websites they talk about have bad content (as in vulgar or otherwise). I had to be picky about which examples I reviewed.)

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Guided by one his favorite songs “The Impossible Dream” Scot is constantly reaching for the unreachable star. It’s this passion for success and achievement that drives him to create success for RevBuilders Marketing and its clients. Scot founded RevBuilders Marketing in 2002 and it provides an integrated approach to SEO, SEM, SMM, web design and marketing automation services. Scot currently serves on the advisory board of the Middleburg Bank. Find him at @scotsmall or @revbuilders