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Friday, December 21, 2007 by

Here at HostGator, we run across some pretty sad looking websites that could use some help sometimes. As I thought about how some people build and even sell horrible looking websites as a business, I thought it would be fun if we had a competition of who could build the ugliest website. The best part is we will be giving away a prize for it. The winner will receive a Free 1 year Swamp web hosting account.

Do you have what it takes to design something that strains the eyeballs, is disproportioned, or is absolutely user unfriendly? If you do, then read the list of rules and get started. Keep in mind that there will be one winner, so don’t be upset after its all said and done if you don’t win. The plus side however of this competition is that it gives you a good chance to get some traffic and exposure. We will be leaving the voting up to everyone that reads and comments on this blog as well as HostGator employees.

Website Contest Rules

  • You may use a previously built website as long as it is yours.
  • You MUST copy the code below and put it on the main page of your site.
  • No site with any type of illegal content or questionable material will be accepted.
  • Once your site is ready, you need to comment on this post with the web address to your site, so people can see.
  • HostGator Staff will then judge based on viewing and your comments. More Comments can be found on the HostGator Forums. The winner will be announced on January 4th.


  • Brandon Hoffman
    21 December 2007 at 7:36 pm

    This is fantastic. I can’t wait to see the entries.

  • Jordan Windsor
    22 December 2007 at 12:43 am

    So were would you like me to post my blank HTML page?

    Excellent idea for a event.
    Cant wait to see peoples ideas..

  • Andrew Hunt
    22 December 2007 at 11:36 am

    Wow. How are the judges going to survive looking at these sites. It’s going to be like looking at a user page 100 times!

  • azrin
    22 December 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Thee hee heee….
    Being Worst Blogger of the Year (non-US) for 2007 says something about it….

    Best Regards

    Azrin @
    (A Gator Customer too!)

  • Justin G
    22 December 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Jordan, anywhere you want!

    Andrew, believe me we see sites everyday that are ugly. Its amazing when you look at a site and say, “that is really bad”, and come to find out they offer web design. So I think the people here at HostGator will recognize true ugly talent when they see it.

    I expect things to get rolling by next week once people have made their sites. Feel free to write about it and let people know. The more submissions the more fun this will be.

  • azrin
    23 December 2007 at 12:04 pm
  • Elaine
    24 December 2007 at 1:27 am
  • Contest Beat
    24 December 2007 at 6:45 am
  • MyBlogContest
    24 December 2007 at 12:34 pm
  • brodie
    25 December 2007 at 11:30 am

    I hate to be one of the first to submit, because people will take some of my ideas and make them worse. Oh well, here it is
    Make sure to try hovering over the links, and have your speakers on.

  • Justin G
    25 December 2007 at 12:34 pm

    No worries Brodie. Acknowledged that yours is the first. Hey, at least you are paving the way! Thanks for the submission!

  • Brian
    25 December 2007 at 12:40 pm

    brodie- That website is UGLY! Great Job!!!!!!
    I like the big hover links and the broken html code :) Although your link to is broken too. :)

  • Peter P
    25 December 2007 at 2:36 pm
  • Sheesh Kebab
    25 December 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I dunno, does the website has to have broken code and stuff like that? or should it be only aesthetically unpleasant? or should it be about something really gross? or should the contestants go wild and make a website from hell?!

  • Justin G
    25 December 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Sheesh Kebab, you can do anything with it that you like. The key is to make something that will cause people to see something unique as to its ugliness. It can even be something that is ugly in an orderly fashion. It is up to you.

  • brodie
    25 December 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Justin G
    the quotes in that code didn’t work for me. I have it fixed now but, you have these ” and i needed these ” hopefully I am the only one tho

  • brodie
    25 December 2007 at 7:23 pm

    I guess they both get rendered the same on here sorry.

  • Cody Salter
    27 December 2007 at 6:49 pm
  • Vic
    27 December 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Just Zoomed and Happy Holidays from Blogging Zoom!


  • Ryan
    2 January 2008 at 11:42 am
  • Gonzalo
    3 January 2008 at 6:47 pm
  • Gonzalo
    3 January 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I forgot to clarify a little thing. It’s done 100% in Frontpage to ensure the worst code quality :D

  • PL
    3 January 2008 at 10:35 pm
    21 May 2008 at 4:08 pm

    HAHAHA! is DEFINITELY the best ugly site. The music almost tops the cake until you see the random picture of Whoopi with the muppets. THAT is comedy!

    Congrats on the win PL!

  • SEO Training
    6 October 2008 at 1:33 am

    What a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Maybe having the ugliest web site in the world could be a point of difference?

  • Wedding Celebrant Bribie Island
    11 October 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Looks aren’t the whole story, but a crappy looking web site damages the company behind it in terms of credibility.

  • dadgetboy
    10 May 2009 at 9:29 pm
  • Netty
    18 November 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Wow some seriously ugly sites here.. I’ve definitely picked up a few points on what not to do.. cheers :)

  • Julie
    28 November 2009 at 4:31 pm

    We LOVE this site. It gets our vote!

  • Mark Demers
    1 August 2010 at 12:21 am

    i sure wish i would have seen this contest at the time it was running . i would have had a good entry.
    If anyone knows of any similar contest anywhere let me know.

  • Natasha Flouee
    12 November 2010 at 4:14 am

    Wow, certainly great info. Where can I get that subscription?

    Natasha Flouee

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