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Theressa is an enterprising Web Designer who wants to live in a world where excessive consumption of coffee is good for you, humans love + pixels are colourful. When she’s not tapping away at her Mac, you can find her captivating her Brady bunch with impromptu renditions of Bruno Mars' "old school vibe" Treasure. Or flicking through the captivating works of Danielle Laporte. Her latest mini lesson - The No Bullshit Web Designer - is free + available for excessive consumption immediately.

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There’s no easy way to say this so I’ll just go ahead and spill it. Your website is killing me!

I’m cruising the Internet on this sleepy Sunday afternoon, and all I wanted was to get to know you and find out more about what you’re offering but instead I got this:

Your Website Sucks Because:

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Poor Load Times

I’ve been waiting for your website to load for 10 seconds and all I’m getting is angry and frustrated. You know, 10 seconds to me feels like an eternity. Come on now! There’s 20 gazillion other virtual shops that are open to take my money. Why aren’t you?

And then you reward me for my time with…

Obnoxious “Like My Page or Else!” Pop Ups

Must I like your Facebook page by force? I don’t even know what your blog is about yet. I know all the cool kids are doing it but hopefully they too will figure out that no one cares about their Facebook page – well not yet anyway.

If I like what you’re dishing out then maybe I’ll consider allowing you to take up space in my news feed, I don’t just read anything you know. And for the love of ice cream, stop acting like the needy kid who’d sell his soul to make a friend.

When I finally find a way to close that box I realize…

The Shock Treatment

If I wasn’t awake before, I sure am now! So I’ll give you props for this splashy surprise element. Why must you saturate my screen with a noisy background that has me reaching for my sunglasses?

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Need I remind you that we’re no longer in the 60’s and technicolor tie-dye, or dark and gloomy anything, is no longer stylish nor does it allow anything layered upon it to be read. Period.

But then you startle me with yet another surprise…

Your Mobile Version Sucks

I know you read somewhere that you should cut your content down and leave things like sidebar content and pop up ads out of your mobile design but seriously? Literally cutting a web page in half vertically? I’m sure that’s not what they meant.

If you want to avoid that mobile bounce rate of 100%, then enlist the help of a simple plugin or call your designer to get that sorted.

And if that wasn’t bad enough you give me…

Where’s The Mute Buttontheindiechicks,, dear website owner, bad website designs, website nightmares, website design tips, blog designs tips

Let’s not forget that I came to your website to be helped, not injured! It is just good manners to warn me or let me choose whether I’d like to listen to your music before your site loads. Let’s just say, I now travel the web on mute…

And then you hit me with a double whammy…

Itty-Bitty, Teeny-Weeny, Pale Text

Let me remind you, I’m a little pissed by this stage so I wouldn’t usually bother trying to read anything that small or anemic until I noticed….

Keep reading for more website pet peeves…

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  • Ashley Sapp

    This was great! I know that with so many plug-ins and great additions you can use on your website, people go overboard and try to do too much. I always prefer something a little more streamlined and easy to navigate. I’m also with you on the music background. Awful, awful choices.

    • Theressa

      Oh Ashley! If I had a dollar for all the pointless widgets, apps + gadgets I’ve been asked to install because “{blah, blah, blah} site has it – and it looks really cool,” I would be sitting on a deserted island living the life of my dreams!

      I believe it’s o.k to test different things but when you find the one that does the job you need it to, you must remember to get rid of the ones that have no use.

  • Jewels

    Theressa, These are some of the worst offenders. It’s awful to head to a site and have it look like a kid vomited all over it with primary colors, scrawled handwriting font, and cluttered front page. It’s always fun to add your personality to your site but it’s another to display your multiple personalities all over the page. Great warnings to any web owner! Thanks for sharing.

    • Theressa

      Thanks Jewels. Another thing I might mention is to get feedback on your website (not from your Mum though). That way you get an unbiased opinion.

  • encircled

    Theressa, great article!

    You highlighted some of my biggest frustrations with websites. Another one is a slow checkout process or hidden ship costs that you only find out about when you’re about to pay!


    • Theressa

      Ha! No shipping costs…I call that shady!

  • Karen Yankovich

    I’m with you on the music! Why do you assume I want to hear it?? Thanks for speaking out.

    • Theressa

      It’s astonishing how many websites still do this Karen. These owners obviously don’t get feedback from their visitors.

  • Shanondoah Nicholson

    Music! It is the worst! On par with music being terrible is videos. So unnecessary.

    • Theressa

      Are talking music videos or videos in general Shanondoah?

      • Shanondoah Nicholson

        Any videos. Just any that start automatically with sound blaring unexpectedly.

  • Vicki Lesage

    People still put sound on their website? I’ve been cruising the internet in mute for so long I didn’t know that was still a thing. Wow. Great list :)