My SiteScore

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Posted on October 28, 2004 10:53 PM in Web Design
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After reading one of Cheah Chu Yeow's latest blog entries, How "well designed, popular and accessible" is your website?, this morning, I decided to give my site a whirl and see how it stacked up. Before I go into details, in case you don't feel like visiting Chu Yeow's site, he talks about Silktied SiteScore, a site that, in his words, "purports to 'rate how well designed, popular and accessible your website is'" based on several factors.

I was surprised by quite a few of the findings, and even though I've never heard of Silktide SiteScore before, their results seem pretty believable.

After receiving (on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is best) a score of 5.9 for marketing, 9.5 for design, 10.0 for accessibility, and 8.5 for experience, my site was given an overal score of 8.0. Not too shabby, I'd say.

Aside from the scoring, though, there were other interesting items to be found in the report, some of which I will take to heart in future additions or changes to my site. I have listed the most interesting (in my opinion) below:

  • This website is reasonably popular (approx #2,520,133 in the world)
  • This website is very quick to respond
  • Website is missing crucial elements which help it appear in search engines
  • Use of meta tags is very poor
  • No forms were found in this website (huh?)
  • Popularity on Google is excellent
  • Site contains an average of 4.4 images per page
  • All webpages were found to be fully compliant with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and therefore likely not in violation of the British Disability Discrimination Act

This website scored 8.0/10 in Silktide SiteScore

Comments

Cheah Chu Yeow on October 29, 2004 at 2:56 AM:

Why anyone would not feel like visiting my site escapes me. Heh. (Just in case: I was kidding.)

Anyway, I thought to mention that I like your Gecko theme a lot. You should make that the default instead of the Snow theme.

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Bernie Zimmermann on October 29, 2004 at 6:16 AM:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Chu Yeow. I don't know why anyone would choose not to visit your site either ;)

As far as the Gecko theme goes, I've always been a bit more partial to the Snow theme. However, the Gecko theme has definitely grown on me, and I know that you're not the only one who appreciates that particular skin.

The great thing about that theme switcher, though, is that you can choose whichever you like best and stick with it.

Thanks again for dropping by.

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