Feeling a bit flaky today so I thought I would take things easy.
I was sitting here idly pondering on the mysteries of life when the though crossed my mind that it would be a nice small project to attempt a redesign of this here site. Nothing serious, and the live site shall remain untouched [for the moment] but I set up a little web server type thing on my laptop and set up a copy of the site.
The first thing I tried for the laugh was the brand new Twenty Seventeen Theme that is bundled with the latest WordPress.
Fuck me but it’s woeful!
The main problem is that when I fire up the site all I get is a fucking great image which fills the screen! They politely have a little arrow at the bottom which I clicked, and lo and behold, the content appears. Will someone please tell me why it’s an excellent idea to force readers into clicking something before they can even read the site? Even worse, they give the option of using a video instead of an image, so we are going to be lambasted with fucking videos any time we want to read text.
There are several things that put me off a site to the point where I will close the site in a fraction of a second before reading anything.
There is this extremely irritating fashion these days of using very pale grey text on a white background! Where the fuck did that come from? Don’t these people even look at their own sites? Grey text on a white background is not functional and it really just says that the designer is more interested in form than in functionality. It’s horrible, horrendous and a cast iron guarantee that I wil instantly fuck off to a more readable site.
Pop-ups are instantly closed, and a note is made never to visit that site again. No, I do NOT want to fucking subscribe! And yes, I am using an ad-blocker and if I have to disable it to see all your flashy ads then I am as likely to read your site as I am to wander down a street admiring billboards. It’s akin to choosing a television programme on the basis that it has more advertisements than another channel.
Okay. We know that the Interweb is a lot faster than in the days of dial-up but that is no reason to pack as much imagery onto a page just to make a flashy impression. Graphics are fine but having to admire your image before I can even see any of the text [as per the new Twenty Seventeen one] is pushing things too far. When I click on a link I expect to enter a site and not some fucking entrance hall where I have to click again.
There used to be an expression that “content is king” but that seems to have gone by the board. Now we have to wade through graphics, photographs, videos and links before we can even start reading and even then the text is relegated to a pale grey as if the author is ashamed of what he has to say.
I mourn for the good old days of Geocities!