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By: Chase

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 19:57:40 +0000

@Tristan: The best thing to do, is not optimize for you IE kids, and just let the site suck when viewed in IE. I like the Youtube dropped ie6.

By: tbela99

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 17:22:42 +0000

the reason #5 is the worst IMO, I discovered one day that a website I have to maintain was very slow because it was serving 3.5Mb per image displayed at 100x100 pixels. the thing I did to solve did was to write a plugin that scan html for images and then resize them if any dimension is defined.

By: IRS Tax Form

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:51:03 +0000

Click my name -- if this ain't the epitome of DON"T COME BACK....I don't know what is. It took me 5 tries to get through to page 2 (and there are 5 total). I gave up after that.

By: CS

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 22:56:11 +0000

I think when you said no AJAX in the menu you must have been Anyone who does not use AJAX for naviagation would either be in the stone age or have to much time on their hands. Let me ask you, do you like waiting around for each page to load when click on it? Sorry, once a site is loaded each click should only load the content the user wants not the whole damn site each and every time...very annoying when this happens.

By: Unreal Media

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 23:33:08 +0000

The only plugins I accept are Flash. At a push, Silverlight. But thats about it.

By: Ruslan Abuzant

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 15:22:04 +0000

Well done David, i think my website just passed your list examination :D

By: Hugh Williams

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:17:42 +0000

One thing that really annoys me about a website, is when they force affiliated advertising on you. Say for example in the form of a pop up or splash screen, usually animated, that you HAVE to sit through/watch, in order to be able to click through or get redirected to the page containing the content you really want to view. Very annoying, especially when the advert has absolutely nothing to do with what you are looking for!

By: Jack Bremer

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 11:47:11 +0000

Flash Menu systems - why oh why would you put the entire site navigation in a 3rd party plugin system? So many corporate visitors won't have Flash allowed on their machine by their IT department, so this approach is immediately killing off a certain % of site visitors. Most annoying thing though IMHO, is sites with content pasted from Word - complete with ugly Microsoft CSS styling and long hyphens, angled apostrophes and quotemarks and the dreaded ... When these are used in a title, it can completely screw up a Google Sitemap or RSS feed! Also, poorly chosen text encoding which makes £ signs appear as ? drives me nuts.

By: Owen Smith

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:07:19 +0000

@Rich Owings The functionality of that is different between the editors. The peeve mentioned in the article was when the thumbnail was simply re-sized of the large image, continuing to take up it's 6.7MB of bandwidth for its 80x80px real estate. The proper way to do a thumbnail is for it to be saved separately so it can result in a much quicker page load, one of the reasons for having a thumbnail in the first place. Also, to extend on this; in some cases there isn't reason to save your large file as 100% Quality, taking up 1MB in space, when you can save at 75%, with little visual difference, and a much smaller file. One of the bigger problems I have with sites is when they require cookies even though I do not need to login or set preferences. I browse the web with cookies disabled, adding exceptions as I see fit, and when I went to post this comment I was told I needed to enable cookies. This is in no way your fault, it is the wordpress system, but can be a slight nuisance.

By: Rich Owings

Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:46:38 +0000

I'm confused. My WYSIWYG editor offers to create a thumbnail of whatever size I want. What are the downsides of doing this as opposed to doing it in PhotoShop?

By: Liz

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:08:15 +0000

Oh, one I forgot, related to the above: "next" link to view pics without returning to the thumbnail page every single time. Oy.

By: Liz

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 01:06:22 +0000

Any (flash) home page that takes more than a couple of seconds to load. Goodbye, pretentious twits. Ditto to the previous poster who talked about windows where you can't see all the content NOR can you control the size of the box. Bye-bye. "View larger image" links that make the picture only slightly or not at all larger. Grrrrr. Misspellings and bad grammar on a professional site. Isn't this somebody's job? Not all web designers are also great proofreaders, and the copy should be someone else's job to check. Tiny jpegs or jpegs with artifacts. Come on, this is not 1997. My computer can handle loading your photos. Really. And stop interlacing them. It's just wrong. Make me give you any information before finding out the price of what I might want to buy. I will never, never buy anything from you. Not a cup of water if I were dying of thirst in the desert. Never. Thanks for the cathartic release!

By: Matt Hubing

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:11:22 +0000

1) Lightbox JS Something I've recently run into, overuse of the Lightbox JS. If I want to look through a lot of pictures and my only options are squinting at a 100px thumbnail or waiting 4.5 seconds for each large image to pop up in Lightbox, I'm going elsewhere. 2) Opening Email Addresses In My Email Client I hate it when mailto commands are linked directly to an anchor named "Contact". I expect to load a new page with a contact form but instead it launches my mail client. 3) News Articles Spanned Over Multiple Pages I know it's good for SEO and you can display more banner ads over 3 pages than 1, but it would be nice to just scroll down some more to read that last paragraph.

By: Carolyn Baggoo

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:16:16 +0000

What I am not crazy about is when you post something, then you later want to edit or delete it, but there is no way of doing that, or at least it is not obvious. How do you delete a comment? There should be some warning here saying "comments are carved in stone." But I like this site, none the less and I am a regular on it now, so it doesn't stop me from coming back. Thanks for all your hard work at giving us this website.

By: Tails2

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 07:26:09 +0000

Well I too agree with most that has been said so far. One thing that I find ironic, to say the least, is that in my wanting to reply to this article you have kinda broken one of the rules you said you hate. Rule 2. Require Login for Non-Unique Content Why do I need a username and password to see your content? I know why — so you can get my email address and viewing habits. I don’t care to tell you that information, so good day — I’m outta here. Now while I didn't essentially have to log in, I did have to supply my email address as it was marked with the infamous * and therefore my comment could not be posted until I gave it to you. So in conclusion, you could either remove 'Rule 2', remove the need for my email address when posting a comment, or do nothing like most unprofessional web-developers. I for one hope you do option 1 or 2.

By: calenlas

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 05:00:31 +0000

One that ticks me off every time... Three column layout where the ads and navigation columns are fixed size (usually quite large) and the content you actually want to read is given whatever is left over. Unless my browser window is taking up the majority of my screen the content I want to read is squished into a little ten character wide column surrounded by colorful, often animated, distracting ads. As an example, look at just about any newspaper or magazine website and shrink your window a bit. A similar problem is text blocks that are unnecessarily given a very wide minimum width so that unless the browser's maximized you've got to scroll to read the content. Sometimes it's so bad, I just go straight for the print-friendly version and skip their ill-executed layout altogether.

By: BillinDetroit

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:42:24 +0000

Some time ago I went to a museum web site that had a Flash animation in the middle of the home page. I suppose that would been okay except that I was using Linux at the time and the available support for Flash was pretty poor. Since I couldn't see the script, I saw a rectangular blank area on the page. My thinking was 'what brain-donor designed that?'. Thus, I never saw the box to pre-order tickets for the exhibition I was interested in. That led to my driving from Detroit to Grand Rapids only to be turned around at the gate due to a 'sold out' show. Never, never, never put critical information in a 3rd party script!

By: Taylor

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 04:07:14 +0000

My problems with websites are the pdf pages, the Ajax (not only in the navigation but everywhere), and the contact us pages. When I view a website where the only HTML is the homepage, and every page after that is a pdf file that needs to be downloaded onto my computer, I see a website that is incomplete, unorganized, and really has no respect for the user visiting the website. Pdf files are great to use for a website, but they should be used in moderation and not as a substitute for a webpage. I often see the AJAX rule being broken constantly. Web designers seem to assume that because they know how to work AJAX that they can make their entire site in nothing but Ajax; thus, they create web pages that are very user unfriendly (users can't go to a specific url, users without Javascript are without a website, security issues to the maximum). Another big issue is an unclear contact us link. The purpose of a website is mostly to communicate with a public audience. If there is a problem with your communication to your audience, you need to be informed of it. When I cannot find a contact us form or web page right away, it makes the owner of the website look arrogant to think that he/she is without need for changes to his/her website.

By: Bruce

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 15:09:11 +0000

This week I visited 2 corporation websites and when gone to their "contact us" page there were only land addresses! no e-mail, contact form or whatever! I do hate it!

By: Carolyn Baggoo

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 09:57:38 +0000

I have one thats is a little different, it is with Clients. Show up at the meeting to sign the contract, with a list of pages they want that was not agree upon before the meeting, and then tell you that they bounced the last two mortgage checks and that they can't pay the deposit till next week. Still they just keep on sending their pictures for you to keep building their pages, with no money down.