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Monday, 31 January 2011

Website quality at a glance is live

Today, the subweb Website quality at a glance has gone live. Everything is tested thoroughly, except the serverload. Due to the fact that the application works in the cloud no problems are expected.

During the tests we had some problems with example.com. The score for example.com was original 5 stars and dropped recently to 4 stars. Damn, they have changed the website, and it got worse. For example the original version validated at validator.w3.org, the current version has 4 errors. What a bad example for web developers!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Status update

First things first. The counters are working and with Google Graph API it's very easy to make graphs like this:

There are plans to build a seperate statistics page.

The second important thing to do, and now the most important issue is the performance of the site. For this moment you are only allowed to test up to 5 webpages in a run. This is due to the fact that Google's Appengine does not support threads. All our tests should be re-programmed as seperate webpages which could be fetched then in parallel. There seems to be a limit of 10 fetches a time. Some rework is necessary to improve the performance significantly.

We know what to do now. So please be patient.

There are also thoughts about a checkportfolio.zomdir.com page which allow you check portfolio's of webbuilders in one sweep. This is only possible when the performance is perfect.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Things to do

The following things are on the todo-list.

  1. Add counters for the statistics by using sharding counters
  2. Add a jQuery bookmarklet as extra bookmarklet option
  3. Improve the performance, the threads used now seems not to work optimal
  4. Parse and follow the links, so these will be tested too
  5. Promote "Website quality at a glance"
Suggestions for the todo-list for "Website quality at a glance" are welcome at zomdir@gmail.com

Bookmarklets with icons?

Ever tried to make bookmarklets? It's very easy. For Website quality at a glance two bookmarklets where created. Both bookmarklets use the current location of the webpage you are viewing. The difference is that the first one shows the results in the same window, while the other opens a new window.

The bookmarklets have the same title because in some browsers this is the label used for the bookmarklet. The code of the bookmarklets is the following:
  1. <a href="javascript:(location.href='http://websitequality.zomdir.com/score?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href))();" title="Website Quality">Website Quality</a> shows the website quality in the same window
  2. <a href="javascript:(function(){ window.open('http://websitequality.zomdir.com/score?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)); })();" title="Website Quality">Website Quality</a> shows the website quality in a new window
Bookmark icon is missing
When  you place this bookmarklets in your bookmark bar you will find out that they don't have an icon assigned. A regular page does have a favicon, so it should be possible to place this javascript code in the webpage itself. In that case the page that should be checked shouldn't be location.href but history.previous. However  the latest one always gives the value undefined due to security reasons.

Tips for creating a bookmark icon are welcome.


Sunday, 16 January 2011

blog.zomdir.com is working fine now

It's a kind of magic, working with DNS entries, but hey it's working. This blog is now available at blog.zomdir.com

Even better the site websitequality.zomdir.com is working too!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


A few minutes ago, I claimed the domainname ZOMDir.com. The ZWAQ score is working fine now, however I need to improve the performance dramastically.

Checking one or two webpages works fine. Checking more than 15 webpages gives often an error. May be I should contact Google's Appengine team about that problem.

Check the ZWAQ score for this moment at websitequality.zomdir.com

Monday, 3 January 2011

ZWAQ Score - First version

A few days ago I was proud that ZOMDir was in the cloud. However the site wasn't doing anything at all.

Today I launched the first version of ZOMDir's ZWAQ score at websitequality.zomdir.com. It is intended as a tool to analyse the technical quality of a website.

After analysing your website we present the ZWAQ score. This score varies from 0 to 5, allthough I think it is not possible to score a zero or a one.

I think I will translate the numbers to judgment values like:

5 Excellent
4 Good
3 Fair
2 Poor
1 Insufficient
0 Unacceptable