Our Top 15 Vivid examples of annoying User Experience (UX)

4 min read · Sep 03

At Twire we think, sometimes the most practical advice emerges from highlighting what not to do, as straightforward guidelines and suggestions can inadvertently leave room for wrong practie. Hence, we've opted to share examples of poor user experience for your benefit.


Here is our list including the most glaring errors in UX design, often c ommitted even by seasoned webmasters. Read carefully and avoid each and every one of these below to rule your design as a pro.

Let’s start with our TOP 10 of fundamentals:


#1 — Lack of intuitiveness

So, like, a lot of times, webmasters let their creative juices flow a little too much and logic takes a backseat. The result? Wonky solutions, just like this one. Seriously, what's the click game here? Where's the exit? Time to bounce to a different site, I guess. Overly creative solutions confuse users. Prioritize clarity in design.


#2 — Violating the three-click rule

Ever counted the clicks it takes for a user to nail that desired action on your website? If the tally goes beyond three for simple tasks, you've got some UX fixing to do, my friend.


#3 — Low discoverability

Think you've got things set up so your users aren't off on a wild goose chase? We're talking about those features that should practically wink at you, they're so easy to spot. First things first, sort out what's absolutely top dog in terms of functionality, and only then fuss with the less crucial interface bits. Keep your eyes on the prize, and prioritize essential features. Less crucial elements can follow.


#4 — Wasted space

Too short on content? Seriously, even when the web's on vacation, Google's pulling magic (remember the pixel T-Rex game?). So, let's get those creative gears grinding – no excuses for blank spaces on your site. Fill empty spaces imaginatively, as even offline, captivation is possible.


#5 — Misunderstood color schemes

Color vibes, man, they ain't no joke. I mean, think about it, if color was a snooze, Pantone wouldn't be a thing, right? People are all about those hues, and that's the deal with your website's color game too. So, don't just go for flashy – dig into the colors that vibe best with how our brains work. It's all about those perception-boosting shades. Color matters, my friend.


#6 — Missing guidance

Imagine users as kiddos needing crystal-clear directions on their next steps and how to take 'em.


#7 — Excessive wording

Scout a top-notch copywriter ain't a cakewalk. But tougher? Figuring why your site's not getting the love it deserves. Hunt down wordsmiths who rock brevity and precision – that's your winning ticket. Find writers who convey information succinctly.


#8 — Technical jargon

Skip the buzzwords for coolness. Who's the next visitor, right? Might not be your usual crowd. Keep it real – don't forget, everyone's listening. Avoid trendy buzzwords and aim for clarity, considering diverse audiences.


#9 — Misusing demo content

If you're selling extra stuff on your site, skip the demo download pop-ups on every page. Visitors hate clicking 'X' all the time. Avoid populating every page with demo offers for paid content. This can annoy visitors, no question about that.


#10 — Slow loading

Don't leave your users hanging. Back in the day, a download speed of three seconds was cool. But today, we're talking way faster vibes. Minimize loading times, as user patience is limited.


And carry on with a few more misunderstood features:


#11 — Autoplaying audio/video

Few things annoys website users more than sudden audio playback upon page entry. Instead of forcing visitors to turn down volume, offer default muting with the option to unmute.



#12 — Lengthy dropdowns & Checklists with excessive options

Ever attempted hunting down that one specific item in a dropdown menu that just won't fit without a scroll? Trust us, it's no walk in the park, especially for folks on their mobile hustle. Let's not add extra layers of complexity to their lives – this stuff ain't as breezy as we wish it were.

Checklists were basically born so users could rock a simple yes or no. But hold up, don't get too wild – while there might be extra options in the mix, don't go too far. Keep it real, keep it simple.


#13 — Excessive tooltips

Ever had those little tooltip pop-ups clogging up the prime real estate of your screen? Bet you've been in that boat, right? I mean, seriously, if your interface is crying out for such elaborate guides, maybe it's time to admit it's a bit of a dud and needs a spritz of that intuitive magic, huh?


#14 — Complex authorization aka high password demands

Website login's all about boosting conversions, right? So why make it a maze? Throw your login form at a couple of folks for a test spin, just to keep things smooth and breezy.

Hold up, are you like, dropping some top-secret Pentagon files or dishing out conspiracy theories on your website? Nah? Then why lock out folks unless they've got a memory like a steel trap? Seems like only the memory champs will crack the code to get into their accounts on your site with those mega password demands.


#15 — Overusing CAPTCHA

We never quite got why a CAPTCHA had to muscle in when logging into a marketplace account. I mean, robots ain't exactly browsing the aisles, right? If you're gunning for users to dig your UX, don't go tossing sand in the gears when they're trying to cruise through those web pages. Smooth sailing, that's the name of the game! Minimize their usage for smoother page loading.


Final thoughts

Fingers crossed we've hooked you up with some insights to dodge those slip-ups that trip up your website visitors. You're cruising one step closer to crafting that ultimate user experience now.

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