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Nov 18, 2011 2 Rants    Bad website filed under: Duds, Pipe Bombs

Web Bombs Bad Website: itwasprinted.com

This page blows my mind. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little impressed and intimidated by how much effort this must have taken. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s a piece of shit. But this is like one of those massive and impressive shits that you want to tell people about. Ya know what I mean? Like one you’d put on that old ratemypoo.com site? Anyway, just check this thing out. This is a beast of a site. It’s a massive, and I mean MASSIVE, collection of small printed materials. Things like old recipes or country records. That sort of thing. It’s all junk, but some people might like this kind of thing. Your aunt that does all your genealogy would probably dig it (actually, my family is in one of the books. I will probably tell her about it). I don’t know who else would… There are a bunch of old gospel vinyl records on it if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m sure lots of you reading my site would be. Again, I keep getting side tracked because, as terrible as this site is, it doesn’t get me as worked up as I usually get.

Let me explain why I’m grudgingly respectful; I decided to take a look at the source code and I was SHOCKED to see that it was NOT a database-driven website! Just click around the page for a moment and you will see how much information there is here, and how it’s all cross-referenced and also set up as available for purchase! It’s nuts! Now, look at the code and you will find that these absolutely massive lists have actually been typed in painstakingly by hand. Let me repeat… No database. This totally makes me think of some old monk spending his entire life created a single illuminated manuscript. It may be impressive in its own right, but it is also a colossal waste of time. Monu-fucking-mental. The entire thing could have been done SO much more easily… This isn’t like that monk example, because after all that work and wasted time it’s not like it’s a work of art in its own right. It’s still a piece of shit. THIS is why people need developers. This dude should stick to collecting postage stamps and my great-great-grandmother’s recipes instead of typing this entire thing out by hand. Now I’m getting worked up… Think of how much wasted time people spend! And this shopping cart, while he DOES have one, is so clunky that I’m pretty sure nobody would use it. This site could actually be a little cool if it was more navigable and didn’t look like it was created in the 50’s, and had a better search feature, and a better cart, and was marketed and branded well. So, in short, if he had hired someone to help him out it would be better in almost every way you can think of. Why would someone really seriously consider an investment like this instead of hiring someone? Maybe it was done by a quadriplegic who can’t work, and seriously just has nothing but time to invest in it? I kinda doubt it. Maybe it was someone who worked in a book shop and didn’t get any customers since they don’t advertise their shop or optimize their page so it could help build traffic? I’m going with that one. Otherwise, maybe someone took time out of their real job to do this. That would be a shame. I’m quite certain that if they valued their time enough to spend it on something more useful, they could have been doing something to MAKE money. Enough to pay a web developer many times over, to boot. Le sigh…

http://itwasprinted.com/

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  • It actually takes a lot of effort. Some of them are happy accidents. We totally take submissions though! Send them to submissions@webbombs.com if you want us to rip it to shreds.

  • how do u find all of these randomly horrible websites?

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