Houston's 5 Best Live-Music Venue Web Sites
2. McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Look and Feel: 6
Ease of Use: 2
Mobile Friendliness: 9
Mucky Duck's Web site does a lot of things right and one thing terribly wrong. It is a nice-looking site that is well-maintained and updated regularly. There is good information and an outstanding calendar, as well as a printer-friendly version, which is handy. They even have a full-blown mobile version of the site that makes ordering tickets a snap on the phone.
The big problem, however, is that the desktop version's order system doesn't work. I tried it in multiple browsers and on both Windows and Mac and no order button ever appears where it should -- and as it does on the mobile site -- on each show page. This is clearly a significant issue for purchasing tickets online, which is a shame because the site, overall, is pretty damn good.
Recommendations: Fix that ticket-purchasing system immediately. Add a map link on the contact page for mobile users. Put your phone, address and link to directions on every page, particularly the entry page. Also, may want to check the site in other browsers as it looked pretty funky in Internet Explorer. As much as I hate IE, I recognize a sizable group of the population still uses it and, as a result, programming around its flaws is necessary.
813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX