Posts about: Bad reviews
Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.
You may not know it, but the www version of your website is not the same as the non-www version.: yourdomain.com/page is NOT THE SAME PAGE as www.yourdomain.com/page. It's treated as a different URL by search engines, for instance. And if someone leaves off the www (on a link or when they type a URL), they may not get any page at all unless you've set your server up right.
The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.
The relaunch of Delia Online has cost Delia Smith half her web traffic in the last 4 weeks, according to stats from Alexa.
Trinity Mirror has stopped selling paid links without the nofollow tag. Christian Science Monitor has started.
For some reason, Google's showing a title of "BBC Sport - Cricket: Ashes 2005" for the BBC's cricket page, which is of course all about Ashes 2009.
This is despite Google's cached page having the correct ...
I recently pointed out that the Delia Online's relaunch was a right cock up. They've now made things worse ...
Is Trinity Mirror selling keyword-rich links on its ic Network without using the nofollow tag? Don't tell Google ...
Anyway, three's a trend. So here are three people hitting back at bad reviews in the last week.
Delia Smith relaunched her site last wednesday and switched hosts to Red. She / they seem to be having problems. Here are some of her biggest issues ...
The express website is about to have a redesign. You can see it here. Here's a screenshot. They also seem to be moving URL from dailyexpress.co.uk to express.co.uk. It doesn't seem that much better to me ...
In March, I appealed to the Audit Bureau of Circulations to sort out its terrible ABCe website. It's had a redesign. Here's a list of its latest problems.
I hate mobile versions of websites. And ITV's dismal mobile site demonstrates why.
Here's a round up of bad or hard to use login designs and functions - things to avoid if you ever sort your login out.
If you use Bing USA, you don't just get more features - you get to see how Microsoft paints Britain to the Americans. It's not a pretty sight as these screenshots show (they also show that nearly all UK-related terms searched for in Bing USA return wikipedia first or second) .
A rundown of the differences between the UK and USA versions of Bing (presumably we'll be getting the missing stuff soon).
Microsoft seem to have reacted badly to my post on the usability of bing - someone left a comment defending it without revealing they were a Microsoft employee (which is illegal in the UK). And they've either manually deleted the post from the bing search results or it's taken them more than 4 days to index it ...!
bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.
Maybe Google really does need to get together with Twitter to improve its real-time search. Taking 15 days to recognise the Telegraph as the best current result for MPs expenses is a bit poor.