15 thoughts on “A Guide To Web Designers”

  1. Perhaps the best part is at the end of the HTML source code–

    <!– yes, I know…wanna fight about it? –>

    ga(‘create’, ‘UA-45956659-1’, ‘motherfuckingwebsite.com’);

    But he’s right. There’s way too much redundant data being pushed over for every web page. Then again, I’m so ancient I remember going from 300 to 1200 to 9600 baud inspired envy. Too many people take unlimited bandwidth for granted. Or maybe it’s because I’ve spent too much time where the only internet access is a single cell antenna also being used by thousands of phones that are all trying to automatically upload the same idiot-posed selfies to “the cloud”.

  2. Being over 40, I particularly have a problem with white letters on a dark(er) background. I was on one site today that had white text on a desktop of Las Vegas Strip at night – white lights in the windows and all…..

    But way too much crap.

    1. The afterimages from light text on a dark background are horrid. I had my VT-100 terminal set to black text on white back in the 1970s, and have never understood the fascination with green text on a black background.

      It’s also amazing how some sites can become readable if you turn your ad-blocker all the way on, and disable JavaScript and animated GIF images. Unfortunately, the web-monkeys are finally figuring out that you need to use JavaScript to load the content, not just have a simple script to block it.

      Ive worked at companies with large commercial websites, and they don’t write the sites with their customers in mind. They write them for Google.

      In some ways, not going to a micro-payment model, but instead relying on ads and “search engine optimization” and “monetization”, is a dead end much like the way the Apollo model has haunted space development for a half century.

  3. Finally, a perfect example of a 508 compliant website.

    I’ve had to design and certify 508 handi-capable websites for federal contractor I once worked for. A huge freaking pain in the ass, and particularly galling since I could never find a single instance of an assistive reader ever hitting the site in the hosting stats.

  4. Rule #1
    “Order this product, now” should have a large, unmistakable button, and you should not have to scroll down to find it.

    Rule 2
    Your page should load very quickly to get the where someone sees the big button “Order this product, now.”

  5. There are some websites that are so loaded with crap (I’m talking about you, Daily Caller) that I just give up on visiting. It just isn’t worth the bother.

    1. Journalism websites are generally awful. I stopped bothering with National Review long before they went full RINO. USA Today and the Los Angeles Times are similarly unusable.

      1. +1 to both above. Journalism websites seem to care only about advertising something rather than being sources of information. If they aren’t forcing you to watch a 30 second video before a 20 second news clip; then it’s a few popups and “click for more” to read more than a paragraph.

        I understand not giving it away for free, but no amount of money you can give them will cause them to take the barriers to the information you thought you might want. When you realize the poor quality of the information (even when it isn’t disingenuous bias crap), it simply isn’t worth the effort for the consumer.

        It’s a corrupt business with a horrible business model, and it is no surprise the industry is in a free fall. Can’t call it a crash, because they have yet to hit bottom.

  6. Run NoScript. Start with an empty white list. When you find a site that you can’t read, Allow the top thing on the list temporarily. Things that have “cdn” in the url are content delivery network, you can usually let them load too. If I can’t read a site after about three tries, I move on.

    Each of these sites on the NoScript list is trying to download something onto YOUR computer, what are the odds that some random piece of code is malicious? Some news sites are trying to download random crap from 40-50 different sites for a single page.

    You’ll rarely see an ad and after you get used to it and won’t miss out on much. You’ll load most pages much faster too.

    Ditch Chrome.

  7. Back when I had a website, at the bottom of each section, I put:

    This website is best viewed in any browser at any by any resolution. Who am I to tell you what to do?

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