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Plugin hell

The site for The Saddle Inn in Fulford is the worst I’ve seen in a long time. To be able to use the site, not only do you need Flash, but also Java and the Windows Media Player plugin. I’m not joking when I say that Firefox needed over 100MB of memory to view that site – if your computer isn’t particularly fast or only has a small amount of memory I’d avoid that one as you may well kill your machine.
Sites like that really do amaze me. There’s just so much about it that’s bad, not at least that the only text on the homepage is used for linking to other pages (one of which is a dead link) and that the title of the home page is ‘Untitled Document’.


  1. It looks very… ahem… profesional. Didn’t that “wave applet” die with the 90’s?

  2. What really cracks me up is that they used a movie to display a picture of their building? Instead of a picture? How bizarre…
    It didn’t kill my system and I don’t typically have much memory free. 30MB currently on a Win2000 system. Still…

  3. Clearly they were drunk when they “designed” this site. Is there some way to submit it to a list of Worst Sites Ever?!?! Anyone know?

  4. Wow. I’ll bet it was done by some kid, their child, their niece/nephew, something, who got hold of Flash and never bothered to learn any HTML.
    That has to be one of the most horrendous commercial sites I’ve ever seen – I’d expect that sort of thing on a personal/hobby site but not a commercial site.

  5. I’m particularly impressed with the PDA-optimised version (which needs Flash too, obviously) – exactly the same plug-in requirements but smaller.