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Website Horror Stories

The Webmaster Who Was Not There

Not long ago, a small company needed to build their first website. A colleague provided them with the name of a webmaster who didn't charge very much for his services.

The small company was originally drawn to the low price and then pleased by the attractive site the webmaster created for them. The new website served the small company well for months.

As the small company grew, they needed to add some functionality to their site. They emailed the webmaster, but the email bounced back as "undeliverable." The small company dialed the webmaster's contact number, but the number was no longer in service. They googled and even questioned the colleague who had introduced them, but to no avail.

The webmaster had completely disappeared.

Desperate, the small company tried to hire another webmaster, but he took one look at the convoluted code and menaced them with a terrifying choice between two immense invoices: one to study, unravel and fix it the current site and one to create a totally new website.

As the wretched small company handed over their check with a trembling hand, they swear they heard faint laughter echoing down the hall.

Sites that Live in the Past

In 1901, two women walking in the haunted gardens of the Petit Trianon apparently stepped back to the days of Marie Antoinette. They saw buildings and spoke to people from an earlier century, as if time had stopped in 1792.

Stopped time! Preposterous, you say? And yet, if you were to go online right now, you would find websites frozen in 2007, 2004 or even earlier.

Like a ghost hunter, you can explore shadowy websites whose last blog posts are shrouded in cobwebs and whose dusty calendars herald events that happened years ago. These websites aren't dead – they just live in the past, stuck in some Twilight Zone episode, until someone updates their pages and brings them back to life.

The Invisible Website

One blustery evening, as the dry leaves whirled around them, a young couple headed home from work. It had been a long, exhausting day and they weren't looking forward to fixing dinner.

"I know!" said the young woman. "Let's go to that sushi place Luke told us about last week. Didn't he say that they have an awesome Happy Hour on Tuesdays?"

"No, I'm pretty sure it was on Thursdays," her husband replied.

"Well, look it up on your iPhone."

The young man searched on his iPhone and eventually found a link that looked like it went to the sushi restaurant Luke had told them about, but when he clicked on it, all they could see was a blank page. No Happy Hour information, no address, no phone number. Just an eerie white glow on the iPhone screen.

The Flash pages might have looked stunning on a desktop computer monitor, but on the young man's iPhone, the pages were completely invisible.

Frightened and confused by the invisible website, the young couple hurriedly shut off the iPhone's display and went to a Mexican restaurant instead.

Terrorized by your own website experience? Fear not! Consider Sprocket Websites the Dr. Van Helsing that drives out your evil and contact us today. We're happy to help! And have a deliciously spooky Halloween!

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Kate Gingold

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I have been writing a blog with web marketing tips and techniques every other week since 2003. In addition to blogging and client content writing, I write books and a blog on local history.

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