Designing a website that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional is not an easy task.
If you are a small business owner or one-man-band, you may not be able to afford a decent web developer. Or perhaps you simply have no sense of what looks good, and use MS paint to design your red on black company logo.
Either way, this results is that a lot of ugly sites making their way onto the Internet – including the .co.za domain – and we decided to share some of them with you.
To find and assess every South African website would be time consuming to say the least, and while do acknowledge that we may have missed a few gems, we are certain these will be pointed out to us by our friendly readers.
Screenshots of the offending websites were captured in Google Chrome on a 1920 x 1080 laptop screen. They have been embedded below for your viewing displeasure.
To get a better view of the screenshots, click on the images to enlarge them.
It’s green, so very green.
Red on black is never a good look. Surprising lack of whiteness on this website.
This website’s “super-zoomed elephant hide” theme does not do its logo any justice.
Lime green is never a good background colour. Ever.
Let’s hope the technology they use to manufacture is better than what they used to build their website.
The small volcanic eruption in the background only aids in burning the site’s users’ eyes.
They went for the “sunset look” – maybe they’ll get it right next time.
Mechanics on call need a web developer on call.
Red on black strikes once again.
Green background strikes again.
Not-so-ugly websites which almost made it
While they won’t make you want to scratch your eyes out, these websites aren’t the best pieces of design we’ve ever seen.
There’s a lot of real estate not being taken advantage of on this page – let’s hope for some divine design intervention.
The best way to keep users coming back to your site is to post PDF thumbnails and 160 x 60 logos of Eskom, according to the Eastern Cape Government. Oh, and make most of it beige.
In case you were wondering, the title of world’s worst website has been awarded to, well, check out the World’s Worst Website.
Special thanks to the forum members who submitted links to some of the above sites. Also: MyBroadband contacted the websites listed in this article, and offered to assist with improving these websites free of charge.