First, overall website design, (40%): This refers to how the website looks or its visual impact.
Secondly, website content, (40%): Refers to the information that a visitor gets from the website particularly the relevance and usefulness of said information.
Lastly, other factors (20%): This takes into account factors like navigability of the website as well as feedback mechanisms, regularity of updates, etc. etc.
The above criteria are, admittedly, personal and arbitrary but then maybe some can come up with suggestions on how we can refine it the next time around. Here’s how the websites stack against each other. To see and judge the provincial (and city) websites for yourself, click on the links.
Web Design, 35%; Content, 35%; Others, 20%. TOTAL, 90%
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Web design: 25%; Content: 30%; Others: 10%. TOTAL, 65%
COMMENTS: This website is a letdown. It can’t compare with the Benguet website. Its main page looks like a mimeographed newsletter designed by a high school student circa 70s/80s. Okay, I know I’m being unfair but I had high expectations for
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Web design, 20%; Content, 23%; Others, 8%. TOTAL, 51%
COMMENTS: I’m from
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Web design, 19%; Content, 24%; Others, 8%. TOTAL, 51%
COMMENTS: Overall, the website looks very much like the
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Web design, 25%; Content, 25%; Others, 10%. TOTAL: 60%
COMMENTS: This website looks very promising. The homepage is dramatic with those rice terraces. The website is still under construction so I might revisit it in the future and give it a new score. It might beat Benguet if the designer is going to continue what s/he is doing and, additionally, get clues from the Benguet webpage.
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Web design, 25%; Content, 18%; Others, 10%. TOTAL, 53%
COMMENTS: The website looks good but it has the least content of all the websites. It looks professionally designed but it doesn’t evoke any emotion like the professionally designed Benguet webpage. Okay, if the Benguet website could either make an I-Benguet homesick or cure his/her homesickness, the Apayao website would not do either for an I-Apayao away from home. The forum is nice though. However, because it is not moderated, it has tons of spam messages promoting Viagra, gambling, and pornography. Governor Bulut should spank whoever is managing this site for allowing/not deleting such kinds of messages.
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Web design, 32%; Content, 20%; Others, 8%. TOTAL, 60%
COMMENTS: The second best in terms of overall design but there’s not much information here. In fact, the information only pertains to the 2005 Arya Abra festival. I remember visiting this site three years ago and back then it had much more information about the province. I think someone changed the website to promote the Arya Abra festival but then forgot to restore the original content when the festival ended. It is also quite a turn-off that the homepage prominently features the pictures of Abra Governor Vicente Valera and Mayor Zita Valera. I know that the practice of putting one’s face in government websites is very common but in this case, the pictures really dominate the page. The effect? It comes across as a personal website rather than an official one.
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maybe you should also conduct ratings on websites which are not the official site of the provinces. They can be better with the official ones.This are websites that are created dedicatedly for the sense of love for their provinces. Eventhough they do not received budgets from the LGU they still makes it.
hmmm… that’s an idea. i just might do that, but i’m afraid that i really don’t have the credentials to critique websites. he he. baka kung ano-anong nonsense ang aking maisulat.
the way you just did is very good on your criteria basis.
Okay, thanks. Will put this in the “things to do” list as an upcoming project 🙂
YOu did a great job here critiquing the websites…keep on…
Thanks. Will try to review them again in the future in case they make some changes. And will also review other sites as suggested by anonymous 🙂
This is just me:
minus 5 percentage points for both Apayao and Kalinga for web design, therefore, failed your rating system garnering grades of 48% and 46% respectively. Why they asked? Simply coz of the word “Lalawigan” which I thought means City. If I’m wrong, I stand corrected and my deep apologies to those artistic designers!
Being a baguio boy, I reluctantly take minus 15 percentage points for web design but a passing grade nonetheless of 50%. The design is awful, like a copied letterhead. What happened to the great and creative minds of Pines City?
Bill – thx for the email. Hope abs-cbn will find other entries.
Well, too much ferric hydroxide yata iyong can opener ko. It’s a fossil.
Yes my alltime fav standup comedian died in 1997 of Liver problem, tomador pala si Chic, palagi sigurong on the rocks!!
Joke lang yun, huwag naman sana sa katotoma.
Goodhealth to all….
Mukhang tama naman sila 🙂 Lunsod is the Tagalog for city while lalawigan is province. Yeah the original design for Baguio isn’t so good but they have a new beta version which is really promising and looks much much better than the original. So don’t give up hope on Baguio 🙂