Ah cnn site_eval


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Ah cnn site_eval

  1. 1. Web Site EVALUATION WORKSHEETInformationSite name: CNNURL: http://www.cnn.comEvaluated by: Ashlee HoskinFirst Impression: [1 poor --- 5 excellent]: 4Initial Impact of Page:__Simple _x_Overwhelming ______Underwhelming_x_Chaotic _____Attractive _____UglyGeneral Comments:I think the site itself is put together well. There is a lot at first glance, so it can be a littleoverwhelming. But I think it flows well.Identity:Based solely on information presented, identify site owner and describe general type ofsite:The site owner is CNN and the type of website is a news site.PurposeBased upon quick inspection, identify the basic points of the site. What basic functionswould it likely provide?The basic points are US and world news, as well as entertainment and weathernews.
  2. 2. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 2AudienceBased upon quick inspection, consider who the audience for the site would be:The audience would be those in interest in US and world news, as well as those whomay be interested in things like weather. With this website, you can get it all in one.GENERAL SITE CHARACTERISTICSSite StructureIs a site map provided?_x_ Yes__ NoAre there any broken links to external sites or internal pages?___ Yes_x_ NoIf yes, are they broken links___ Yes___ No___ BothWhat is the maximum page depth in the site (clicks from the home page)?4Are there clear entrance and exit pages to the site?_x_ Yes___ No___ describe if so:
  3. 3. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 3Visuals and LayoutDescribe the visuals used in the site: There are a lot of images, flash, javascript andvideos used on the website.Do you like the visuals? _x_ Yes ___ NoWhy or why not?Visuals always help a website to look attractive. The thing I like about it is, because I’mthe accessibility, my father has a magnifier on his computer, and I could use it on the site.The visuals can be used by those suffering from visual impairments.How is the screen contrast [(poor) 1–5 (excellent)]? 5If poor, describe why:Describe text size__ Too small_x_ Just right__ Too largeResize the browser very large or very small.Does the layout still work?_x_ Yes__ NoDo the text or images scale with the window size?__ Yes_x_ NoIs the layout width static (stays the same size) or does it grow with the screen size?_x_ Static__ Stretchable
  4. 4. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 4If the site has a static width, does the page fit or is there rightward scrolling at: 800 x 600? __ Fits _x_ Scrolls right 1024 x 768 and greater? _x_ Fits __ Scrolls rightWith respect to vertical screen size, does the primary navigation fit on screen at: 800 x 600? __ Fits _x_ Scrolls off 1024 x 768 and greater? _x_ Fits __ Scrolls offDo pages print correctly as is, or is a special print feature provided?_x_ Prints correctly without special print page__ Prints correctly with special print page__ Doesn’t print correctlyWhat kinds of images are used in the site?__ GIF_x_ JPEG__ PNG__ OtherAre the images optimized properly? (e.g., small file size, safe colors)?_x_ Yes__ NoAre there image execution problems (e.g., color matching, seems showing inbackground tiles, etc.)?
  5. 5. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 5__ Yes_x_ NoDescribe: ____________________________________Is ALT text used for images?__ Yes_x_ No__ PartiallyIs the site usable without images on?_x_ Yes__ No__ PartiallyGeneral ContentDoes content appear accurate and truthful?_x_ Yes__ NoIf no, describe what suggests this belief:_______________________________________________________________________Are there obvious misspellings in the site?__ Yes_x_ NoAre there obvious grammar or usage errors in the site?__ Yes_x_ NoIf yes, describe these errors: (e.g., fragments, run-ons, heavy use of acronyms withoutexplanation)_______________________________________________________________________Describe the tone of content in the site (e.g., playful, business like, serious, humorous)_______________________________________________________________________
  6. 6. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 6Is content updated on the site?_x_ Yes__ NoHow do you know the content is updated?The website has date markers on its stories and imagesTECHNOLOGY USAGEBrowser SupportDoes the site work in different browsers? List the browsers you use to test and itsversions:FirefoxInternet ExplorerPage loading time__ slow (over 20 seconds)_x_ fastNavigationPrimary Navigation (select one or more):_x_ Top__ Bottom__ Left__ RightDoes the site use assistance links (breadcrumbs)?_x_ Yes__ NoConsistency of navigation placement: [ 1 (random)–5 (very stable) ]: 5_______________________________________________________________________Comments on navigation placement:The top navigation bar is always visible.Does navigation in the site rely on the back button?__ Yes_x_ No
  7. 7. Web Site Evaluation Worksheet Page 7Is a “back-to-top” button used on longer pages which require the user to scroll?__ Yes_x_ NoSearchDoes site have an internal search system?_x_ Yes__ NoIf no, should one be included?__ Yes__ NoWhy?_______________________________________________________________________Use of multimedia elements on the page:THE FINAL SCOREFinal Score—[ (Dislike) 1–5 (Like a lot) ]: 4Evaluation Summary:The site it put together well. The navigation is easy, there are good visuals andinformation is accurate. I like that the news site goes beyond just news. They includethings like entertainment, weather and even health.Suggestions for Improvement:Overall, the site is good but there is some clutter. I think maybe some space aroundstories and links would be helpful.
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