I’ve just visited a new “community” site which is so badly designed, so awful, so broken that I prepared a screenshot and was about to email them to let them know. [Visited in Safari, Internet Explorer 5, Netscape 7.]
The only trouble is: there’s no contact information at all that I can discern. Mind you, the site’s so broken that maybe it’s there and I just can’t get to it.
So, in frustration, and intent on doing my civic duty for these poor people I examined the source code. Ah: “site powered by xyz”, so I visit the designer’s site. What do I see there but this amazing piece of writing on the front page:
YYY YYY Ltd is an Internet, software and multi-media development company with offices in Hamilton and Auckland. Specialists in Internet Marketing, hosting email marketing projects and creating user-friendly DIY websites and Intranets (we create them, you update them).
Do you just want an online version of your brochure, without bells and whistles?
What about a site that can be updated daily by a junior staff member with no programming knowledge? Then talk to our marketers about speed, ease of use and creating a juicy site at surprisingly low cost.
Robustly broken, that’s for sure. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one so bad and almost invariably those ones are created by an un(der)paid office worker who’s found Publisher or FrontPage on their computer and gone to it with no knowledge whatsoever. That this might have been created by a company selling their services is difficult to believe.
And, no, I’m not going to say where the broken site is or which organisation it belongs to.