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Ugliest Website Building Competition

Written by Justin G

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Here at HostGator, we run across some pretty sad looking websites that could use some help sometimes. As I thought about how some people build and even sell horrible looking websites as a business, I thought it would be fun if we had a competition of who could build the ugliest website. The best part is we will be giving away a prize for it. The winner will receive a Free 1 year Swamp web hosting account.

Do you have what it takes to design something that strains the eyeballs, is disproportioned, or is absolutely user unfriendly? If you do, then read the list of rules and get started. Keep in mind that there will be one winner, so don’t be upset after its all said and done if you don’t win. The plus side however of this competition is that it gives you a good chance to get some traffic and exposure. We will be leaving the voting up to everyone that reads and comments on this blog as well as HostGator employees.

Website Contest Rules

  • You may use a previously built website as long as it is yours.
  • You MUST copy the code below and put it on the main page of your site.
  • No site with any type of illegal content or questionable material will be accepted.
  • Once your site is ready, you need to comment on this post with the web address to your site, so people can see.
  • HostGator Staff will then judge based on viewing and your comments. More Comments can be found on the HostGator Forums. The winner will be announced on January 4th.

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  • Brandon Hoffman

    This is fantastic. I can’t wait to see the entries.

  • Jordan Windsor

    So were would you like me to post my blank HTML page?
    Hehehehe

    Excellent idea for a event.
    Cant wait to see peoples ideas..

  • Andrew Hunt

    Wow. How are the judges going to survive looking at these sites. It’s going to be like looking at a piczo.com user page 100 times!

  • azrin

    Thee hee heee….
    Being Worst Blogger of the Year (non-US) for 2007 says something about it….

    Best Regards

    Azrin @ http://www.azrin.net
    (A Gator Customer too!)

  • Justin G

    Jordan, anywhere you want!

    Andrew, believe me we see sites everyday that are ugly. Its amazing when you look at a site and say, “that is really bad”, and come to find out they offer web design. So I think the people here at HostGator will recognize true ugly talent when they see it.

    I expect things to get rolling by next week once people have made their sites. Feel free to write about it and let people know. The more submissions the more fun this will be.

  • azrin

    One comment I forgotten, the UGLIEST PAGE would also be the SUSPENDED PAGE and HOSTGATOR.HTML which looks like a Spam site in the default pages.

    That is something I am nominating.

    Don’t trust me? try http://suspended.hostgator.com/?domain=azrin.info and http://www.azrin.info/hostgator.html

    THAT IS REALLY WORTH Hostgator time to rework on.

  • Elaine
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    Hi there

    I blogged about your contest here – http://www.contestbeat.com/the-ugliest-website-contest/

    All we do is write about contests in the blogosphere so hopefully we can send you a few more entries too!

    Regards, Matt.

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  • brodie

    I hate to be one of the first to submit, because people will take some of my ideas and make them worse. Oh well, here it is http://www.upperweather.com/ugly.html
    Make sure to try hovering over the links, and have your speakers on.

  • Justin G

    No worries Brodie. Acknowledged that yours is the first. Hey, at least you are paving the way! Thanks for the submission!

  • Brian

    brodie- That website is UGLY! Great Job!!!!!!
    I like the big hover links and the broken html code :) Although your link to HostGator.com is broken too. :)

  • Peter P

    ugly-buggy-wannabe-semi-blog-page (not mine)
    http://ille.outbreakz.de/index.php

  • Sheesh Kebab

    I dunno, does the website has to have broken code and stuff like that? or should it be only aesthetically unpleasant? or should it be about something really gross? or should the contestants go wild and make a website from hell?!

  • Justin G

    Sheesh Kebab, you can do anything with it that you like. The key is to make something that will cause people to see something unique as to its ugliness. It can even be something that is ugly in an orderly fashion. It is up to you.

  • brodie

    Justin G
    the quotes in that code didn’t work for me. I have it fixed now but, you have these ” and i needed these ” hopefully I am the only one tho

  • brodie

    I guess they both get rendered the same on here sorry.

  • Cody Salter

    Here is one, not mine but I know the owner.

    http://sonic-promotion.us/

  • Vic

    Just Zoomed and Happy Holidays from Blogging Zoom!

    Vic

  • Ryan

    Here’s my take on the ugliest site…

    http://talkdumb.com/ugly.html

    unfortunately it was created by me… :)

  • Gonzalo

    This is my ugly baby :)

    http://www.krugonn.com/misc/ugly/

  • Gonzalo

    I forgot to clarify a little thing. It’s done 100% in Frontpage to ensure the worst code quality :D

  • PL

    (my message dissapeared?)

    This is my ugly site:
    http://www.banlieusard.info/worst/
    (if it doesn’t work: http://www.banlieusard.info/worst/index2.html)

    I’m almost shy to show it.. i even drew the hostgator logo in FLASH and fit it in my colorful ugly site !

    Enjoy.. or not ??!

    PL

  • SOTEC

    HAHAHA!

    http://www.banlieusard.info/worst/ is DEFINITELY the best ugly site. The music almost tops the cake until you see the random picture of Whoopi with the muppets. THAT is comedy!

    Congrats on the win PL!

  • SEO Training

    What a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe having the ugliest web site in the world could be a point of difference?

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    Looks aren’t the whole story, but a crappy looking web site damages the company behind it in terms of credibility.

  • dadgetboy

    This is the worst site on the entire internet: http://havenworks.com/

  • http://www.networkcairns.com.au Netty

    Wow some seriously ugly sites here.. I’ve definitely picked up a few points on what not to do.. cheers :)

  • Julie

    We LOVE this site. It gets our vote!

  • http://makeasizzlingwebsite.com Mark Demers

    i sure wish i would have seen this contest at the time it was running . i would have had a good entry.
    If anyone knows of any similar contest anywhere let me know.

  • Natasha Flouee

    Wow, certainly great info. Where can I get that subscription?

    Natasha Flouee

  • http://www.easygiga.com/ zen-web-hosting

    Is this contest still going on?.. I mean like every year? Wow?!! Ugliest website… This is one of the contest I should look out for. See who wins this year! (website which is not user-friendly??) I believe my website will not win in this!

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