It wasn’t the particularly crappy layout, the mismatched colour scheme or the tiny text that convinced me to give “c a n d i – c o d e d [ dot ] c o m” a Pants Award. It wasn’t even the teeny-bopper cliché spaces in the title. No, it was the ‘four reasons why [I] should choose Candi Coded’ that pissed me off, which is amusing when you consider that their aim is to lure me into spending money.
If a website boasts “organized” or “professional” coding, you know I’m going to eventually have a look. So when a website states both (in the same sentence no less), followed by the words “
Amazing quality coding” you can guarantee that I will pick it apart, line by line. Because I’m that much of an arsehole.
Turns out that the so-called organised and professional coding includes no Doctype, an advertisement of “no tags” in the meta description (I’d pay to see a website with no tags), embedded and proprietary CSS, no closing tags for a large proportion of the page and multiple missing alt attributes which totals in 62 HTML validation errors (according to my Firefox toolbar). To top it off, I can’t validate it in the “real validator” without forcing an ISO- character encoding.
Not everything in life is a guarantee, so you are probably a little hesitant about investing your money. Do it the right way and have Candi Coded guide you in the right direction.
Yes! Get a teenager — with no more than basic HTML skills at best — to guide you onto the path of website disaster. Why go to a real company when you could ask a kid who throws around the terms “ssl certificates” and “shopping carts” like they know what they’re talking about but demonstrate no such thing. You’ll be safe with Candi Coded, she’s been doing it since she was 11 you know.
Nicky: because you haven’t got a clue what professional design and coding is about and yet dare charge people anyway, here’s a Pants Award for you:
Feel free to direct link :)
A final note… in my last Pants post, I was accused of bullying the recipient’s website. Now personally, I’m not sure how one bullies a website, or how a single post can be classed as bullying but it did make me stop and think. Despite what many will tell you, and despite the image I like to maintain, I am a nice person (aww) and have often defended the little guy just because nobody else will. So anyway, I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that the Pants Awards are really no different to my reviews, which in turn are no different to any other kind of criticism. Life is full of criticisms, and until it becomes illegal or immoral to criticise, I will continue to do so.
With that said, I am not going to force anyone to read my posts. You have the choice to ignore (boycott?) whatever you like, as many of my visitors do. I target a varied audience and expect people to pick what’s best for them (my Mum doesn’t like my coding posts). Even I can’t think of a single blog in which I’ll read every single entry! So make your decision and stick to it, but don’t come whining to me (because I’m not going to listen).
Please note: this is an old post. I have been blogging for a really long time: since my childhood, in fact. Bear in mind that any opinions stated may have changed, any code snippets may no longer be considered safe or secure, and my personal circumstances are almost certainly different to what's contained herein. You have been warned...