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    Evaluation Criteria
    A few points we look at when visiting a site. Reading through the notes below will give you an indication of a sites chances of successfully applying for an Award. Approximately 12% of the applications for the AWARDS Program are successful . If you think a site meets the measure, let us know.


    All roads should lead to Rome. If the citizens get lost along the way, chances are they wont try visiting again. Ensure that site navigation is clear, well marked and easily located. Most importantly, make sure your page links point at the right pages. There is nothing more frustrating than finding a link to content you are searching for, only to discover the link is dead or inactive. If it doesn't work, remove it.
    Kill the signs. If a page isn't ready, don't upload it. All good sites are continuously under construction, with changes and updates a frequent occurrence. If you change your content, try and retain page names, as search engines index these pages and will direct users to Page not found errors if the pages are simply deleted. More frustration.
    What's this? If you don't know yet, it's time you found out. Proper HTML coding shows you have taken the time to check your site, and ensures your pages will display properly in all browsers. You can check your pages for HTML validation online. There are several websites that offer this free service. When your page validates correctly, you can download an image from w3 to place on the page.
    Program or programme
    Spelling is another important criteria. Try and stick to either English (UK) or American spelling. In certain instances it's forgivable to confuse the two, but misspelled word's are not okay, and stick out like a sore thumb. If you are providing information, words are your key tool and it only takes a few seconds to run a spell check.
    Copyright and source
    Acknowledge them. Place a clearly visible text link to original documents or acknowledge the source. This is especially important when quoting a section of an article. Your visitor may very often wish to follow the article to it's conclusion but cannot if it is not properly acknowledged. This is of cardinal importance for subject matter such as medicines and medical reference material or case studies.
    Have you stuck to your subject matter, or possibly wandered off on another interesting albeit unrelated topic. Keep a critical eye on your content. If it's not 100% relevant, ditch it. The reason your site exists is for providing information, and sites that provide what they promise thrive. If a user finds your site useful they will return time and time again.
    The Legal bits
    Include a Disclaimer and a privacy page explaining your websites use of information supplied by the user. These pages are essential. The disclaimer is especially important when offering medical advice or information.
    Always name pages accurately. This allows visitors a clearer picture of content when searching for information on a search engine. A site that utilises a single theme throughout is far easier for a user to navigate. Keep your links the same colour, and avoid alternate fonts and styles. Kill the music, if you have any and avoid flash and other cute plugin's and java animations. These merely absorb bandwidth, slow pages, and can irritate users. Think about it. No one likes a flashing applet blinking on the screen whilst they are trying to read.

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