10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

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.

9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com
July 23, 2009 – 7:40 pm | 7 Comments
9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com

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 importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page
July 23, 2009 – 2:34 pm | 6 Comments
The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page

The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.

Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half
July 21, 2009 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half

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 stops selling followed links – Christian Science Monitor starts…
July 15, 2009 – 3:39 pm | 3 Comments

Trinity Mirror has stopped selling paid links without the nofollow tag. Christian Science Monitor has started.

Google predicts Ashes win?
July 9, 2009 – 7:25 pm | 4 Comments

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 ...

Delia Smith relaunch gets worse …
July 2, 2009 – 12:01 pm | One Comment
Delia Smith relaunch gets worse …

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 followed links on its ic network?
July 2, 2009 – 9:28 am | 12 Comments
Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?

Is Trinity Mirror selling keyword-rich links on its ic Network without using the nofollow tag? Don't tell Google ...

Three’s a trend: reviewed hit back against reviewers
July 1, 2009 – 4:08 pm | 2 Comments

Anyway, three's a trend. So here are three people hitting back at bad reviews in the last week.

Delia Online relaunch goes sour
June 29, 2009 – 9:09 am | 7 Comments
Delia Online relaunch goes sour

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 ...

Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview
June 25, 2009 – 9:30 pm | 3 Comments
Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview

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 ...

ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)
June 24, 2009 – 10:36 pm | One Comment
ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)

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.

ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH
June 23, 2009 – 9:42 am | 2 Comments
ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH

I hate mobile versions of websites. And ITV's dismal mobile site demonstrates why.

Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples
June 11, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 11 Comments
Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples

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.

6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)
June 10, 2009 – 10:48 pm | 5 Comments
6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)

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) .

14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA
June 8, 2009 – 6:43 pm | 2 Comments
14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA

A rundown of the differences between the UK and USA versions of Bing (presumably we'll be getting the missing stuff soon).

BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?
June 6, 2009 – 7:43 am | 6 Comments
BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?

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 ...!

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.

Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!
May 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!

More examples of sites that appear in google news with headlines like 'Newsticker requires javascript' and 'Font size A A A'

MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results
May 22, 2009 – 10:28 am | One Comment
MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results

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.