5 Factors for Evaluating a Website <ul><li>Chris Betcher </li></ul>
Authority <ul><li>Who is responsible for this site?  </li></ul><ul><li>Is this site published by a person, an organisation...
Currency <ul><li>How current is the site?  </li></ul><ul><li>Are there lots of broken links?  </li></ul><ul><li>Is the inf...
Content/Purpose <ul><li>Why does this site exist?  </li></ul><ul><li>What sort of information/resources can I get at this ...
Audience <ul><li>Who is this site aimed at?  </li></ul><ul><li>Is the language level of the site suitable for the target a...
Structure/Workability <ul><li>How easy is the site to use?  </li></ul><ul><li>How easy is it to find the information you n...
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5 Factors for Evaluating Websites

  1. 1. 5 Factors for Evaluating a Website <ul><li>Chris Betcher </li></ul>
  2. 2. Authority <ul><li>Who is responsible for this site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this site published by a person, an organisation or a company? </li></ul><ul><li>What are their credentials? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they have any expertise or experience on the topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information they provide like to be reliable and trustworthy? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Currency <ul><li>How current is the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there lots of broken links? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information outdated? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it look like the site has not changed for a long time? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this the sort of information which needs to be constantly updated, or is it suitable for long-term use? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content/Purpose <ul><li>Why does this site exist? </li></ul><ul><li>What sort of information/resources can I get at this site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this site designed to inform or entertain, or does it have some other purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this site trying to sell me something? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Audience <ul><li>Who is this site aimed at? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the language level of the site suitable for the target audience? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the overall design, or &quot;look and feel&quot;, of the site do a good job of meeting the needs of the target audience? </li></ul><ul><li>Would the target audience for this site find it of interest? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure/Workability <ul><li>How easy is the site to use? </li></ul><ul><li>How easy is it to find the information you need? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the site reasonably quick to use, or do the pages take ages to load? </li></ul><ul><li>Could I use this site if I had a disability? </li></ul><ul><li>Would I come back to this site by choice, or has it been a painful experience? </li></ul>
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