SiteScore: Movin' Up

Album Cover: Icky Thump

"You can't be a pimp and a prostitute, too."
White Stripes / Icky Thump

Posted on July 05, 2006 8:32 PM in Web Design
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

About two years ago I first posted details about my SiteScore, a fairly decent rating of how well designed, popular and accessible your (or in this case, my) website is. Back then, I scored an 8.0 out of 10 on their rating scale. Now that I've redesigned, I figured why not give it another whirl?

This time around, I've moved up to an overall rating of 8.7. Not bad. According to the new results, my marketing and popularity is up from 5.9 to 8.2. This is most likely attributed to the fact that my website is now, according to Silktide SiteScore anyway, ranked #446,006 in the world, compared to #2,520,133 last time around. I've moved from 9.5 to 9.6 in the design category, down to 9.3 from 10.0 in the accessibility category, and down to 7.4 from 8.5 in the experience category (ouch). Finally, based on user ratings, which I didn't have last time around, I scored an 8.0.

The most interesting thing about my SiteScore, though, is reading through the details of why my site has been rated the way it has in the varying categories. Here's a breakdown:

  • My website makes no apparent use of interactivity throughout (like last time, huh?)
  • My website responded in 0.39 seconds, and my homepage downloaded in 0.51 seconds. This is "very fast" and suggests my website is running on a sufficiently powerful web server. Props to Hard Hat Hosting for that one!
  • 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.
  • I "may wish to add more diverse images to make [my] website more interesting." Hopefully recent posts are a step in the right direction.
  • Other than my name, sports cars (interesting!) and web design/development seem to be the most significant phrases found on my site.
  • About 99 other websites were found linking to this website. (99 quality links, out of 99). The website is reasonably well linked to, although there is room for improvement. So send some links my way, come on! ;)

It's always interesting to see what will come up when I evaluate my site using Silktide SiteScore. If you haven't done it for your own site, I highly recommend it. Sure, it's a little narcissistic, but it can help pinpoint the weaknesses of your site and, in turn, help you improve upon it as well.

Silktide SiteScore for this website

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