jamie goode's wine blog: Annoying winery website prize?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Annoying winery website prize?

Should there be a prize for "most annoying winery website", I think I've found a strong contender. I won't name it because I think that's a bit too negative, and I like to keep the energy here positive. But to get to the first page proper, I had to tell the site my date of birth (ludicrous), then negotiate a totally pointless splash page (press 'enter'!), and then once I was on the main site, it was one of those over-the-top flash presentations, thin on content - and, to cap it all, some silly music started. And this site didn't have the information I wanted (the winemaker's name).

16 Comments:

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, name and shame, man!

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

Too many websites are using these splash pages, which effectively hide the page from Google. They look impressive but are not fit for use. Websites are about content first, and presentational quality second. Get the first right, first.

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger Justin Roberts said...

Oh, you should try some of the beauties we have here in Jerez. They are just about all Flash (so invisible to search engines), usually have annoying guitar music are mostly difficult to navigate and generally provide little useful information, apart from providing lots of guff about the family who (used to) own the place - and that's if you can get past the English "translations" on some of them...

 
At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giz a clue!

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

Justin, you are bang on. In was thinking of Spain and Portugal in particular. Try telling them......

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Andrew Graham said...

It could be one of many websites, particularly here down under...

 
At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

If you want to be postive Jamie,then how about listing some of your favourite winery sites-------not necessarily favourite wines you understand!!!

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Jon Biggs said...

Much that I 100% agree with everyone about pointless "flash intros" which get in the way of the actual site content, flash sites are not "invisible to search engines". Google has indexed flash for about 6 months now.

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Gareth Groves said...

A personal 'favourite' ridiculous winery website is Ghost Horse World (a quick google should find it).

Anyone know if this is actually a too-ridiculous-to-be-true spoof?

 
At 9:15 AM, Blogger Justin Roberts said...

Thanks Jon, I stand corrected. I should have said "not very visible" to search engines. I understand Google has been able to index flash to a limited extent for much longer than 6 months, it's just that they got slightly better at it last June.

Apart from not being optimal for search engines Flash has all sorts of other petty annoyances, for example I find it annoying when want to copy and paste a winery's phone number into Skype to ring them up, but can't.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimar„es said...

Well, my favouites are the ones which are "under construction" or "re-styling" for years and years....go figure!!!!

 
At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Peter Rollinson said...

Ghost Horse World: A stunning website that caused me to spit crisps over my screen. I have no idea what the wine is like, but can only admire the creative genius that spawned the concept. Watch the intro: the picture of Winemaker clutching a pump-action shotgun AND glass of wine must rank as one of the most superb and preposterous images ever published. Worryingly, I now want to try the wine.
Yee, and indeed, ha!

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger petoskystone said...

is it a proper website or merely phishing for data?

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Ghost World was the subject of a 1000 post plus thread on Ebob a year or so ago.
Great website--mickey mouse wine.IMHO of course!!

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

I don't get the deal with confirming your age on the start-up page. What a joke.

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger winey brett said...

Many of the French winery websites are made with Flash, several with 'mood' music. Researching these sites for winetravelguides.com can get very tedious, and the air can get a tad 'bleu' when I access yet another bells and whistles site.
But, as I did learn to my cost a few years ago, when you want your own website and haven't time for research you are easily seduced by very fancy, pushy web designers.

 

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