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Test results for http://www.freeinternetdirectory.net Test results from 10/6/2013 11:57:35 AM

Meta Description

"Description" is used to summarise the content of a HTML-page as short and incisive as possible. The content of this meta information is not shown to the user in the internet browser, but search engines do use them to a certain extent to evaluate the relevance of a site for the results page.

The description summarises the content in one sentence. The summaries are normally shown on the results page of search engines and contribute a great deal to the choice of web users.

Further information:
http://de.selfhtml.org/html/kopfdaten/meta.htm#beschreibung

Descriptions are either incomplete or not optimised on the tested website. Verify that the homepage and the sub-pages contain an appropriate description (a  short and incisive sentence).

Complex URLs

"Even though machine-level addressing like the URL should never have been exposed in the user interface, it is there and we have found that users actually try to decode the URLs of pages to infer the structure of web sites. Users do this because of the horrifying lack of support for navigation and sense of location in current web browsers. Thus, a URL should contain human-readable directory and file names that reflect the nature of the information space."

Source:
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9605a.html

Further information:
http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/uri-choose

The URL structure of the tested Website is generally good, though some complex URLs are used internally.

The length of URLs / query strings

"Use simple URIs, easy to type, write down, spell, or at least easy to cut and paste. They are likely to be easy to be remember if you follow this rule."

Source and further information:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/NOTE-chips-20030128/#gl1

Further information:
http://www.port80software.com/support/articles/nextgenerationurls
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/us-cranky8.html

The tested website contains a URL with more than 60 characters.

Using keywords

Keywords allow internal and external search crawlers to find content for interested users. Keywords should be chosen from the language and vocabulary of the web user to describe the page content as closely as possible. .
The use of precise and meaningful keywords is still an advantage, even though the importance of the keywords has dramatically decreased for external crawlers. Internal crawlers can still trust your keywords and improve your website search feature.

Source and further information:
"Prioritizing Web Usability" by Jakob Nielsen/Hoa Loranger
http://www.essex.ac.uk/wag/searchguide/search2.aspx

The tested website does not use any keywords.

Label for Form Elements

The logical connection between definition and form field is missing if the form fields lack an explicit  title.

This means that in the instance of a linear form, it is not apparent which definition belongs to which fiels. This is why the element LABEL was introduced with the attribute for, allowing the explicit definition for form fields.
 
Using the element LABEL allows Screen-Readerusers in particular to view the definition of the form field directly in the form field itself.

Source:
http://www.barrierefreies-webdesign.de/knowhow/formulare/label.html. Further information can be found in the W3C accessibility guidelines (12.4 Associate labels explicitly with their controls, Guideline 12, Accessibility Guidelines for Web Content 1.0, W3C recommendations 5th May 1999http://www.w3c.de/Trans/WAI/webinhalt.html) und http://de.selfhtml.org/html/formulare/strukturieren.htm.

Most, but not all, form fields on the tested website contain correct labels.

Layout Tables

A table based layout carries many disadvantages if compared to a purely CSS layout. A CSS layout improves both accessibility and performance.

Further information:
A detailed article by Douglas Bowman can be found onhttp://www.stopdesign.com/articles/throwing_tables/.
Hint for webmasters: Be sure that when embedding third party content, e.g. with iFrame, there are no layout tables included.

On the tested website there are many tables, which most probably are also used for the layout.

Newsletter Opt-In Functionality

Newsletter ordering functionality. This allows web users to make a conscious decision to order the newsletter, giving them also the option to "opt-out" of it.

No newsletter sign up form has been found.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Sensitive data, such as credit card details used for internet shopping should be encrypted during transmission on the internet.
All common browsers support SSL encryption, which allows an encrypted connection between server and browser.
'SSL' stands for Secure Socket Layer and ensures that data is not read or manipulated during transmission; it secures the identity of the visited website.
Online shops and all other sites collecting sensitive user data such as credit card details or other private data, should absolutely make use of this encryption.

Hint: SSL should also be used to upload files onto a server via FTP.

The tested website cannot be accessed via SSL, or there may be a problem with the security certificate.

Terms of Use

Terms of Use legislate the contractual relationship between owner and user of a website. Rules are set regarding the usage of the website, specifically about inter-active areas such as a forum.
The rules can be about the offer made by the website owner, the rights and duties of the users, the processing of personal information, etc.

No terms of use were found on the tested website.

Membership/Registration process

Until a few years ago, registration procedures scared web users off, as they were unable to determine which website to trust their personal data and which websites were not trustworthy. Things have change a bit in the meantime. Website registration can bring some benefits:

  • personalisation allows for tailoring of the content to the user's profile.
  • Targeted, personalised newsletter tend to have more success.
  • The information provided allows to adapt the offer to the needs of the users, by evaluating profiles anonymously.
  • Specific content can be offered for a fee.
  • Additional content best not circulated to anonymous users can be made available.
The registration process still contains a danger of asking too many personal questions, making the users feel uncomfortable and therefore avoid the website. Refer also to Nielsen's critical stance in "Prioritizing Web Usability" by Jakob Nielsen/Hoa Loranger.

No opportunity for membership was found on the tested website. Some websites prefer not to offer membership to all users, which is fine. Membership needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Information about the author.

Some search enginges value content higher if it contains information about the author. This has a positive impact on the search of the website.

In addition, there are numerous articles and international standards regarding the organisation of the meta data and their importance when creating high quality technical documents.

For further information:
http://de.selfhtml.org/html/kopfdaten/meta.htm#dublin_core
http://de.selfhtml.org/html/kopfdaten/meta.htm#allgemeines

No author was found.

Access Keys

Using shortcuts on computers is particularly important for users with visual or mobility issues, as they may not be able to use a mouse.

Source and further information
http://2bweb.de/accesskey/index.html

The tested web site does not support access keys.

Number of MX Records

MX Records is short for "Mail Exchange Records". MX records are used in DNS records to specify e-mail routing. Redundant MX Records increase the availability of the e-mail service.

Only one MX Record was found. This is also done on purpose to combat spam. No points are awarded for this test.

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