Sunday, July 5, 2009


The Basis Of Evaluating WebSites

Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can publish on the web. That means it's up to you to determine which sites are reliable and which aren't worth your time.
We can evaluate or review a website in the areas of Technology, Ownership, Traffic, Age, Links and Content. Simply we call it as TotalC. How do you go about doing this?

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In a more shorter view, We can evaluate any website in two ways - The User Context And The Web Context

The most important factor when evaluating Web sites from the user context is your search, your needs. What are you using the Web for? Entertainment? Academic work? Hobbies or avocational interests? Scholarly sources are traditionally very strongly text-based. Compare the appearance and the content of an academic journal with a popular magazine.

And when you are reviewing a website from web context, some of the visual distinctions that signal the nature of content in print sources hold true on the Web as well, although, because the Web encourages wider use of graphics, Web versions of printed works usually contain more graphics and more color than their print counterparts. Color graphics appeared on the New York Times Web site before they appeared in the printed New York Times, for instance.

Evaluating A Website Using TOTALc Evaluation Criteria:
  • By reviewing a site's Technology we can determine what, if anything, is impeding a search engine's ability to index it.
  • By verifying a URL's Ownership we can determine the risk of future loss and/or failure.
  • An existing website's Traffic is an indication of how easy or difficult it is to find, it's visibility and popularity.
  • Older websites always rank higher than new ones. One that is Aged ten or more years is ideal. Is every effort being made to maintain site registration and link continuity?
  • Websites with a large number of highly relevant, varied and respected incoming Links rank high. The quality of incoming links is more important than quantity.
  • Websites with sought-after, original, fresh and inspiring Content will naturally draw the most traffic and back links to your site.
Another Way Of Evaluating A Website is to start by using the 5Ws as your evaluation criteria.

Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
Is a biography of the author included?
How can you find out more about the author?
What does the author say is the purpose of the site?
What else might the author have in mind for the site?
What makes the site easy to use?
When was the site created?
When was the site last updated?
Where does the information come from?
Where can I look to find out more about the producer/sponsor?
Why is this information useful for my purpose?
Why should I use this information?
Why is this page better than another?


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Haja Peer Mohamed H, Software Engineer by profession, Author, Founder and CEO of "bench3" you can connect with me on Twitter , Facebook and also onGoogle+

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