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Constantly 'updating' websites for no REAL reason!
Result? Websites become convoluted, over-crowded, confusing and often just plain stupid.
Sometimes it's a legitimate effort to cram more and more info and features...but seriously, it's beyond ridiculous in most cases.
ALL big business/companies have great websites because they've been around for years.
The sites are functional, effective, intuitive(for the user).
This is where they should STAY/STOP.
WHY FIX what isn't broken?!
When the user has to re-learn where everything is (layout), or worse, now can't find what they want or waste more time accessing it, the site has FAILED!
We(users) have increasingly short attention spans...so cramming sites full of useless 'innovations', fluff, pop-up, pop-out, sub-sub menus, fluff, jazz, more and more and more, is COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!
If you have a department who's job it is 'to make the website better', perhaps that is the problem!
(this is the ONLY reason I can think of, for constant website updates/re-designs/overhauls: I.e. They would be out of a job if they did nothing, so they have the impossible task of constantly adding more, or switching things around)...
Enough already! Depending on the function of the site or course, a website should be a simple outline of the entity with a FEW clear links (via simple menu) to what people want/need. PERIOD.
it's not complicated. That's all we want and all we need.
p.s. I used to be a website designer and have a lot of experience in design/PR/sales/advertising. (I'm not just a crazy person... I love iMDb and just want to to get back to the simple, effective and easy to use site it used to be)
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