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Readers Respond: What Do You Hate on Web Pages or in Web Designs?

Responses: 32


From the article: Web Design Mistakes
There are lots of things that are possible to put on Web pages, but if you do you run the risk of annoying more readers than you gain. What are some features of Web pages that you really hate and would never put on your own Web page? Share Your Annoyances

Sound and Overlays

I hate when a page starts sound without me controlling it. Overlays.....STOP USING OVERLAYS.
—Guest Jim

phone app trend

UGH! I hate the new trend of making web sites phone app friendly. Give phone app users an option to click to a phone-friendly version, but wading through clunky full page versions of phone apps on my adult sized PC is annoying. I tend to shop (and purchase) items online, and I think this new trend will curtail my use at a site using this new design. I went to IKEA online to buy some book cases. I gave up because it was so clunky and -cheap- looking (not the products) and found similar products at another site (Pottery Barn) and purchased them because my online shopping experience was -easier- there than clicking through IKEA's clunky phone app site. Stop it! I will bet money that no one orders an item over $30 on their phone. Just seems like a new fad that will reveal itself as a money loser. I'm proof
—Guest rckymtn3

No date on page

When you buy your newspapers, you assume you are not given yesterday's papers (or older) don't you. However many websites do this without even caring to give you the date when they were written or last updated. Now how about this page?
—Guest Alexandre Oberlin

What I do not want on my computer

Whenever you want to download, they want you to get another "Toolbar" in the browser that you didn't want !
—Guest profcooksez


Like this very website is designed: with illegible gray text. To be fair, it's not as bad as some sites where text is so pale it seems to be designed as decorative filler not meant to be read at all!!! AARGH!!!
—Guest Chris C.

Too many pages

How about stories that are spread out over 6-12 pages via Next when the actual content could be done on 1-2 pages?
—Guest dliston1

Links that move after you've clicked!

You see the thing you want as the page is loading... you click it (because you've got a life to get on with rather than wait for all the other crap to load)... then suddenly the page rearranges itself and puts a different link to something else (usually an ad...) where you've clicked seconds ago and sends you off down that link instead!
—Guest Andy

Trendy crap makes browsing difficult

I cannot stand that new browsing feature on search pages (like Google images, or DeviantArt's new browsing) where the page just keeps loading new images or results as you scroll down instead of providing page numbers to click. It is IMPOSSIBLE to navigate on these pages and I just want to bang my head on the desk. The scroll bar gets so tiny that I can't keep it in one place when holding it with the mouse, as I prefer to do when scrolling. Horrible, evil, trendy feature. There is nothing wrong with simple, functional HTML. LiveJournal is also ruining itself slowly by introducing "trendy" features that none of its users wants. Just because some programmer invented it, doesn't mean it needs to be widely adopted. Keep it simple, stupid!!
—Guest efficiency-lover

My List

These are a few of my least favorite things. Overlays that I have to click through to see the content. (I always ignore what's on them the best I can.) Tiny type based on sizes appropriate for 15 year old monitors. Drab, colorless pages. Columns of text that stretch out for my entire monitor rather than reasonable column widths. Music and sound that loads with the page rather than letting me decide if I want to hear it. Video news stories without text versions which I can read a lot faster. Homepage pics that take up 2/3 of the screen above the fold. Sites that only work with IE. Mobile sites with no whitespace to use to move up and down the screen.
—Guest pet peeves

Micro Text,Useless Search,Arrogant Sites

Here are some other usability fails: - Sites that insist that most users still work under 800x600 screen resolution, have incredibly poor pictures of the items they sell, yet manage to cram the screen with totally unrelated garbage. - Search engines that produce totally, I mean, TOTALLY useless results (Google finds stuff easier on their sites than they do!) - Snobism: sites that insist you 'upgrade' to an inferior browser so that they may better manipulate how you view their site. Sites that insist you must disable your ad-blocking software to use them. Sites that insist you must register for even the most mundane comments. e-commerce sites that insist you give them your credit card info before they will post shipping fees (which end up being so high you promptly go look elsewhere). I could go on and on - Fact of the matter is, it is very challenging to shop online and finding real info amidst "sponsored" and other garbage sites has become more and more difficult.
—Guest Chris

Grey text on white background!!!

Definitely, like someone else said, grey text on white background is pure pain, as it makes text harder to read and induces significant eye fatigue. I wish there was a simple add-on for Opera or Firefox that would force change low contrast text color (grey on white or grey on black) back to normal contrast. Hint to web designers: if the page looks too bright for you, maybe your monitor is, or perhaps you should work in a reasonably well-lit space like most of us and see how it looks then.
—Guest Chris

Never-ending Links

Along with the above mentioned, it frustrates me when I have to click 3 or more times to just find something simple I am looking for. If a customer has to click more than 3 times to just find what they are looking for, maybe your site is not set up efficiently.
—Guest Montana

Design come from one idea

i think its difficult to judge web design as different people have different mind set when they working on it

Misleading Links

I hate when I click a link to a web page I desire, only to be led to an entirely new site, of which I do not care about. It is a waste of time, and very annoying to the site's users. If you wish to lose your visitors, this is the way to.
—Guest PaleKrow

Grey text on white

Grey text on a white background. Harder to read; adds nothing. I can understand why style-conscious sites like Apple or Slate do it, but I don't know one good excuse for it, except to 'look modern'. Grey text on white backgrounds is simply harder to read than black text on white backgrounds.
—Guest mooncaine

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