Getting on the soap box here… Not all (of course), but a whole lotta web page designers have gotten lazy (probably more like cheap) and it’s pissing me off.
They think they need to make a page that’s easily viewable on a phone or tablet. Fine, I get why people would like that. However, when I’m at home or at work (most waking hours during the week) I have two full-sized monitors in front of me. On a 24″ monitor, a browser can be opened wide and still only take half the screen. You have about 20 inches (horiz.) to work with on a full-screen. On a smaller monitor, say a laptop, around 15, give or take 2. The way it’s normally done is to have code for one type (PC), and different code for the other (Android / iPhone). But no, project managers are getting lazy (cheap?) and won’t be bothered with writing separate desktop and mobile code. Bastards.
But that’s small potatoes compared to what’s really got me steamed. You know those pages that go dim and then pop-up some graphic asking for your email address or to complete a survey or whatever? They’re growing like a cancer. Those tabs get closed immediately. I just barely landed on your site for the first time ever. Why in hell would I want to give you my email address or do a survey or whatever-the-fuck? In case you’ve been living in your parents’ basement too long, people are getting sick of the intrusiveness of web scum like you. Most everyone hated pop-up ads in the 90s and guess what, they still hate ‘em.
So why do you scumbags insist on plaguing your visitors with things they hate? Because every once in a while some poor schmuck clicks and you make a quick buck. Easy money usually leads to no money. Ever consider how much MORE you could make by not doing things that make people want to leave your site? You can show us banner ads and text ads (you know, what made Google rich) all day. No one cares about those. But when you start animating, getting in the way of what we came to read, play music or a video, or whatever obnoxiousness, we’re outta there. And hopefully, someday, the people who own your company will wake up and smell the BS and either make you knock it off or send you packing.