How NOT to make a website

(Paul Dennison) #42

Of course, here’s mine

(Paul Dennison) #43

My wife used to use him for pottery supplies a few years back. She suggested I offer to redesign his site for some supplies lol.

I think he’s more someone that has/had an existing customer base and did pottery shows but wasn’t too worried about growing things further. Not sure who the actual designer was, aside from the hotmail address at the bottom.

(LJ) #44

Tricky - I have some pretty old ones where clients just won’t spend any new money. Even though they make me cringe a little, none that are so terrible that people would laugh at them.

(MRO) #45

Something I did in 2009…one of my first RW pages ever :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

…cant believe the page is still up and running :see_no_evil:

(Robert Ziebol 🖖🏼) #46

I remember that theme. Who made it?? Was it Robbie White?? Wonder what happened to him???

(Peter Danckwerts) #47

Memories, memories! I started creating web pages soon after the Mosaic browser came out in 1993 (it seems a lot longer ago than that). It was hard work in those days and the results were terrible.

(MRO) #48


Yes :metal: you’re right! That theme was by Robbie White and it was called Lava…

I found it here:

…he gave up his domain though…

(margarida osswald) #49

Come on, Andrew! - never crossed your mind that kids may have bad taste too? … No, definitely it’s bad taste and bad design! And the two mixed together! it’s explosive …

(Stuart Marshall) #50

I think it’s bad taste and great design which makes it really interesting.

(Darron Saunders) #51

someone has gone crazy with the magic marker :slight_smile:

(John Van Slyke) #52

Unbelievable. As are the ones below. This is really surprising; because, there are so many exceptionally well designed and functional WordPress examples and templates to follow. See website for Elementor, LearnDash, and LifterLMS. My approach has been to use WordPress as the shell for handling all of the login, membership management, and learning managment system stuff. I link out of the LMS to directories on a warehouse site containing RapidWeaver-constructed pages. These open in new windows. I use SiteLok to control access to the RW stuff. Finally, I use Vimeo for warhousing video, and I use FlipPDF to create interactive PDF books. These, again, are stored in the warehouse.

(John Van Slyke) #53

A couple of other points. I use DesktopServer for development of WordPress sites on my own machine. There are WordPress plugins that enable me to push development sites up to staging or to final WordPress sites. An alternative is Local from Flywheel.

RW is vastly superior to WP for content development. In fact, WP is horrible for this purpose. Best to create canned solutions on WP and import or link to content created in RW

All of my nondisclosure work is RW. Again, I control access with SiteLok. Support by Adrian Jones, developer of SiteLok, is truly outstanding.

Finally, why WordPress. 1) The key issue for me is security. WP is coded in PHP, which executes before HTML and Java. With the right plugins, it is very difficult to hack a PHP site. 2) WP has exceptionally well developed plugins for membership management and store sales 3) membership managment and store sales are fully integrated with industry stardards for billing and collection, including PayPal, Visa, etc, via Woocommerce and Stripe. 4) WP has vastly better plugins for blogs and discussion forums. 5) all of the majors use WP or variations on themes in WP, including the New York times, Washington Post, Harvard University and its schools, etc. 6) WP now has excellent plugins for drag and drop page development. Top of the list is Elementor. This plugin grows evermore robust with each passing month. 7) WP has excellent integrations for email list management services, including MailChip.

You get the idea.

Rotsaruck, people.

(Lance Turlock) #54

Embarrassing for me as a Canadian. But you may need to cut some slack to whoever did this. Rapidweaver is great but it cannot (at least not yet) recognize and caution against a potentially bad graphic presentation.

(leigh) #55

Geez really !! are you sniggering at ppl’s efforts ? Thats a new low

(Michael Lever) #56

I never laugh at someone else’s website. Any site that doesn’t appeal to me serves to confirm that I’m not in the site’s target market.

I find that only people that email me to say that my site is not as good as they think it could or should be are those that are trying to sell their web-design services. Just occasionally I click their link to find out more and am presented with load of photos, animation, white space, and poor content.

After my attempt on this forum to contribute my suggestions for the improvement of a USA photographer’s site coupled with the hostile comments from some others, there is no way I’d risk a similar experience.