Stupid web site stuff they could fix easily
(This could have gone to Geek Rant, but it’s not overly technical…)
Some stupid web site stuff, that would be easy to fix/avoid, that bugs me:
When you click to watch an online video, and the player shows you the video advert, but then stops working when it comes to play the actual thing you wanted to watch. (The Age and Channel 7′s site seem to do this to me a lot of the time.)
When you click to zoom on a picture, and it pops up another copy of the picture that’s the same size (or even smaller).
When the site is all written in Flash or some other method that makes it look like crap or not appear at all on some devices such as mobiles, or non-Internet Explorer browsers (despite most other sites working fine) and also gives it non-standard navigation such as scroll bars, and causes it not to be indexed by search engines. (Example: Game Traders)
Articles on a site that have no URL of their own so you can’t share/tweet/cite them properly. (Example: the “Myki tips” article currently on the Myki web site)
404 pages that wipe out the URL you were trying to get to, so you can’t see what you got wrong. (There’s no reason for this. It’s perfectly possible to set up a web site with an informative 404 page that doesn’t remove the URL.)
Clicking on a link that goes to another page on the same site, and it opens in a new window… repeatedly, as you navigate around the one site.
Search field that wisely shows you what you searched for when you see the results, but then clears itself when you go click on it to change it slightly and search again. (Example: Lasoo)
A gallery of photos where it claims you’re on Picture 9 of 10, but (every time) the 10th/last page turns out to be an ad for something else. (Example: Any News Limited photo gallery)
What bugs you?