How “well designed, popular and accessible” is your website?

In: Browsers|Personal|Web development

27 Oct 2004

You’d probably already have heard of or seen Silktide Sitescore that purports to “rate how well designed, popular and accessible your website is”. A while back it used to tell me I was a criminal for having an inaccessible website. I got sub-5 scores and a close-to-zero score for accessibility. I was surprised but attributed it the script doing something wrong somewhere (it is automated after all and Cynthia did tell me my site was OK in terms of accessibility).

Recently, after reading Ingoal’s post on an update to his score, I tried out Silktide again and to my surprise, got a respectable 8.6. (Ingoal’s a fellow Advisor at SitePoint – this guy knows computers.) After some fixing some XHTML-validation borkage, I eked out a 10 for accessibility and managed to get a 9.2 overall score (and a 9.3 once). That puts me in the top 10 (true to form, I’m right at the bottom at number 10 below SitePoint).

Screenshot of Silktide SiteScore rankings with blog.codefront.net in 10th position


I’m not sure it means anything except that it goes to show what a poor boy I must be to keep posting about rankings and scores. Perhaps it’s my low self-esteem working here.

But I have to say again, thank you for your donations to Firefox and keep donating whether you do so via my donation link or not! (What am I talking about? Read more. This too.)

23 Responses to How “well designed, popular and accessible” is your website?

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iChris.ws

October 28th, 2004 at 1am

New design marked
How timely is this?! I just redesigned this site today. (named the new theme palindrome ) And today, Che Yeow wrote about thi

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minghong

October 28th, 2004 at 1am

Cool. I can at most get 8.2 at this blog:
http://blog.cs.cityu.edu.hk/users/50307104/

:-)

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alsotop

October 28th, 2004 at 2am

You’ve moved up to position 8!

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Neil T.

October 28th, 2004 at 2am

Hah! I just got 9.4, putting me in 4th :)

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Neil's World

October 28th, 2004 at 3am

Silktide Sitescore
Via Redemption in a Blog is Silktide Sitescore, an automated tool which tells you how good your site is in terms of design, accessibility and popularity.

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Manuzhai

October 28th, 2004 at 4am

Interesting tool. I actually got a 9.1 for accessibility, which is pretty good, but I had a 4.6 for marketing. I think I may be proud of that. :) Apparently, the tool things the experience on my site is not too good, which is possible since it may be a wee bit *too* content/text-focused.

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Si

October 28th, 2004 at 10am

I only get 9.0, so I don’t make the top list. That’s good in a way, cos people would only end up being disappointed :)

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Michael

October 28th, 2004 at 11am

Well, I wrote an entry in my WP blog (the ephemeral musings of michael greene) but I can’t seem to figure out track/pingback.

Thanks for the link, and glad to see your site fared well. I was surprised at the 8.4 I got, which I deemed a little too high for my site (but hey, I’ll take it). Sitescore’s reliance on Google for key portions of the test might give it a degree of bias though.

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TedFox

October 28th, 2004 at 1pm

I see u’re 2nd in user rated.

Stop voting yourself!!! :P

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Cheah Chu Yeow

October 28th, 2004 at 1pm

TedFox: Hey I only voted once! :p

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Full(o)bloG

October 28th, 2004 at 2pm

silktide sitescore
incuriosito da questo post di redemption ho fatto testare anche io il mio sito da silktide e ne è risultato questo per il blog:

e questo per la pagina dei progetti:

ovviamente il risultato varia in base al contenuto della pagina…

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Bart N.

October 28th, 2004 at 8pm

Somethings wrong because they can’t seem to find my website (maybe they can’t handle foreign TLD’s ?).

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Andy Mason

October 28th, 2004 at 9pm

Every time I try to test a web site I get directed to this page: http://www.silktide.com/index.php?pagename=404. I’ve even tried http://www.microsoft.com and http://www.sitepoint.com in case they were having a problem finding my URIs.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

October 28th, 2004 at 9pm

Bart, Andy: I think the site’s broken now (and it looks like they redesigned). It doesn’t work for me either.

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Chris Boulton

October 29th, 2004 at 11am

Very well done!

I managed to get an 8.9 on my blog (http://www.surfionline.com) as well as a 9.2 on http://www.mybboard.com.

Pretty nifty little tool. ^_^

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jim

October 29th, 2004 at 9pm

after trying out that site…i started to get lotsa referral spams…donno whether there is any connection but…it jus started…anyone has the same issues?

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The Calm Dreariness

October 30th, 2004 at 8pm

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me
While going through my (extensive and seemingly neverending) feed of blog posts, I came across this post about rating “how well designed, popular and accessible your website is” over on Redemption In A Blog.

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Rob

October 31st, 2004 at 1am

What a fascinating little tool.

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Oliver

November 4th, 2004 at 5am

Yes sorry, it was broken – we had such a insane rise in traffic that day (>2000%) our servers simply couldn’t handle it!

We fixed that now and a host of other things, you might want to take a look. Your SiteScore icon can update itself now, for instance.

Thanks for all the feedback!

Member of Silktide development team

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Shiv Jha-Mathur

November 8th, 2004 at 11pm

This site I designed (http://www.mothershivaa.com [yes, the domain name is not quite right, that’s something we’re trying to get fixed]) — probably one of the only spiritual sites around to have accessible, standards-compliant markup ;-) — scored a 10 in accessibility, 8.6 in design, 6.8 in experience, and 3.5 in marketing (overall 6.1). I don’t expect the marketing score to go up by much (for some reason Google doesn’t index it properly; no title, no description, no nothing… and it’s been up for a while now), but the experience should go up once I get the contact form in place. And I might just combine the ‘welcome’ page and the ‘home’ page to fix the lack of text.

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Lipakx

April 14th, 2006 at 8pm

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Loajda

July 5th, 2006 at 7pm

Thanks guys!

http://reducta.coz.in

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