5 things I hate about websites

Hate, pet-peeves, whatever you want to call them there are a few things that really annoy me, some enough that I don’t bother returning. This is really for mainstream web-sites not really blogs but can be for them too if they are bad enough.

  1. Pop-ups. Not quite as annoying now that browsers have had pop-up blockers for a while but still a pain. Pop ups come in many flavours: entry pop ups, exit pop ups, delayed, small, large, multiple, flying, scrolling, always on top, browser stopping, surf interrupting, must be cleared to move on…arrrg! Even mainstream sites like, say, bigpond.com and major news sites have them.
  2. Extra software needed to view site. Flash is fine but I am still not a fan, no right click to copy things etc. But some site want other software..go some some video sites and you are meant to download their specific viewer, go to a news site and you need their magazine viewer. Nick off, I am not going to do that.
  3. Registration required to visit the site. C’mon, some sites think that their shit don’t stink. They think you should register and login to see anything beyond the home page. Once again, nick off, a company and site has to build trust before me, a random visitor, is going to cough up a name and email address.
  4. Slowwww Pages. If I have to wait more than 5 or 6 seconds to begin viewing your site, I am gone – never to return. If the site has loaded it’s pages with Flash, MIDI, audio, video, or other files that load with the page, dump them please or put up links instead. Let me choose if I want to read or watch the video.
  5. Outdated content and dead dead dead links. One huge advantage of the web is the ability of heaps of sites bypassing traditional media and post news online instantly. I have been to sites after info on say PCs or printers (IBM Australia back a few years ago had absolutely no up to date info on models for sale – crazy for a tech company, I bought something else) If they haven’t updated their site in ages, and these days a month is ages, what does that tell me about the company. A continuation of this is not out of date info but no info. Nothing bugs me more than finding a spot on text link that goes nowhere.

Thanks to Jim for recent comments in previous posts.

27 Responses to “5 things I hate about websites”

  1. June 19, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Hi, I’m reading you via the Australian Blogs Community at Bumpzee, on the RSS feed.

    Blog-wise I am in hate with a new thing called Snap, where you hover over a link and it pops up a box with a preview of the link. It is pure evil and very unpleasant. 😦

    I agree with your hates too.. 🙂 But Flash is an absolute no-no for me, I don’t even have flash installed on here. It crashes things. I don’t like it.


  2. June 19, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the great comment, snoskred.

  3. June 20, 2007 at 1:09 am

    You are exactly right.

    I would say the most annoying one is the broken links.

  4. June 20, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Pop-ups and registrations are the ones I dont like. Slow pages also annoys me.

  5. June 21, 2007 at 5:56 am

    oh mine does this & I can’t figure out how to speed it up. Advice?

  6. June 21, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Does what, homemum? If you say slow I think it is because of the amount of ads etc. you have on the sidebars.

  7. June 21, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Yes that’s what I meant. Hmm, will have to figure something out. Thank you.

  8. June 22, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Totally agree, although I am a bit guilty of a slow loading site. I just love those little gadgets. I can see the day coming when some of those guys will be gone.

    I think Snap is the most annoying by a long way and you are right, if I have to download software, forget it.

  9. June 22, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    thanks for the comment Colin

  10. June 24, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    thaks good comment, i same idea with you..

  11. June 26, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Like just about everybody else, I detest pop-ups and site registration. Give me a combination pop-up site registration, and I’m never coming back.

    Slow loading sites I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt too. So long as the site is worth the wait…

  12. July 10, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Totally agree with all of those…

    Another thing that I HATE on blogs is when people have music players in their sidebar! I am already listening to my own music, I don’t want theirs going in the background… awful!!

  13. July 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    I grew to hate Kontera ads as well! Kind of like Snap. They still sh!T me and I’ve taken them off swollenpickles.com

  14. July 11, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    I had some trouble with my new blog template which I loaded on a while back, the middle loaded last and I had some things in the sidebar slowing everything down. For this I do apologise. ;(

    But it is now fixed.. mostly. Still having trouble with Internet Explorer 6 and how it sees the page..


  15. July 12, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I agree with “snap” … I can’t STAND it!
    I will also leave a site and pretty much not come back if the first post is a “oh, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted!” unless the post does have some more substance. Those really annoy me so much.
    And if the “Home” link isn’t easy to find (or if the title bar isn’t clickable). If I find the site through a post, if I like the post I’ll want to go to the main page and check out the rest of the site, and I hate having to edit the url to get there!

    Gosh, my site probably annoys other people, I guess we all have our likes and dislikes but I’m in a mean mood and wanted to contribute! 😉


  16. July 13, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Well apparently my comment here has upset someone rather greatly. They went from this blog to my blog and then left nasty comments.

    I’m entitled to my opinion about a product as is everyone else. If my view is upsetting, contacting me and trying to change my mind logically might be an idea. Choosing to crap all over someone’s comment section shows a great lack of maturity and intelligence.

    I do not know who is behind it, except for the fact it is someone in Canada. I’m not deleting their comments. I won’t let someone so gutless that they can’t even use their own name and blog link to say something nasty upset me. 🙂

    But I just thought I would drop back and let you know what happened.. 😉 Especially in case anyone else here gets the same treatment.


  17. July 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Snoskred, I have no idea what someone could be cranky about – the post is only about about bad site design, no attacks against anyone, strange.

    BTW, I just went to your site and can’t see where he mentions about Snap or this post, why do you think he has been to my site?

  18. August 3, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    I also hate “made for Adsense” sites that have little content and lots of ads. I’m looking forward to when we can vote sites up and down in the search rankings.

  19. August 4, 2007 at 11:41 am

    good point, John. A big adsense ad at the start of each post in a blog is another big hate of mine.

  20. August 6, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t like extra software, Registration needed to view the site, outdated and dead links. I don’t mind popups though.

  21. September 15, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I HATE POP-UPS. especially on my computer because it is so messed up the internet and links take 4ever 2 load

  22. October 6, 2007 at 6:15 am

    My blog has gotten really slow to load and I’m afraid that visitors (I have so very few right now I don’t want to run anybody off!) will not want to hang around for the page to load.

    I’m very new to blogging and I’m not sure why the computer moans and groans over loading my blog. Suggestions?

    As far as what “I” hate to run across on blogs that I visit, that would be links that I click on that lead to a place that isn’t remotely connected to the text. I don’t see the point in having a link where the text indicates it’s about say baby bedding, diapers or something and when you click on it you are taken to a home finance site. This is a big turnoff to me.

    I don’t have a problem with blogs that feature new products or websites so long as they are honest about it.

  23. October 8, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for the comment , Claire.
    I think all Blogspot blogs are a little slow, check mine and see if it is the same as yours – Japanese Ice Cream
    Looking at yours doesn’t seem to bad in speed though, if you have lots of extras in the side panels that slows things down.
    Your comment about links is true, I also don’t like google ads that are nothing to do with the blog subject – my icecream blog rarely has ads that have something to do with icecream 😦

  24. October 11, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Great points, definitely forced registration is an absolute pain in the ass. On some sites I can understand but the majority it’s definitely inviting me to never return again.

    Music in the background and video’s which automatically begin playing is an absolute pain as well. Even worse are those so called well-doing sites which think it’s good to read the content of the site in the background, I can read myself and I bet that 99.9% of the people using the internet can do so too. I don’t need a Microsoft Sam like voice to read it out loud for me.

  25. 26 online shopping
    July 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Man, I couldn’t agree with you more on these. Pop-ups is definitely on the top of my list, and second I would have put outdated and dead links. There’s nothing more irritating than these, and sites with both on are simply completely useless and worthless. I hate those websites with a passion. I agree with you on the others too, but those two are by far the worst. They remind me of those sausage-dog doorstoppers. Bad, bad, bad!

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