I have a project where the main important part is the back-end. But of course the front-end design is important, so I have made two different designs for the demo site.
But both designs are considered absolutely equally by the visitors: "totally outdated", "old-fashioned", and "from the 90s".
I want to change this impression, but simply can't understand what the reasons are behind such considerations.
At first I thought about the color palette on the first design. That is why I have made the second. But this changed absolutely nothing in the visitors' evaluation.
So, why are the below designs considered old-fashioned?
What do I need to change in order to make them look more contemporary?
EDIT1: In the CSS I am using the following font definition:
font-family: Arial,Helvetica,Liberation Sans,sans-serif;
Now I realized that because I don't have Arial and Helvetica installed, the above screenshots are rendered using Liberation Sans.
So, the appearance of the site is possibly slightly different for the users with other OSes/browsers.
Here is a link to the demo web site for better evaluation. On the site, you can change the different skins from the select element in the header. The yellow/gray/red skin is named "Wasp" and the white/blue is named "Light".