Golden Spider Awards?

Discussion in 'Internet Industry Events' started by grandad, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. davidbehan

    davidbehan New Member

    I'm guessing based on the keywords used in the meta tags. However, as we've discussed before Michele, the long tail effect?
     
  2. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    As jmcc will tell you, a LOT of Irish sites don't have any meta tags or what they have is pure junk.
    Heh

    So true :)
     
  3. jmcc

    jmcc Active Member

    And then there are the absolute SEO experts who actually reinvent the META tag format thus causing problems with the parsers. :)

    With the rise of Google, some website owners began to think that the meta data was less important. However a lot of them never used meta data in the first place.

    Some seemingly high profile sites still don't use meta data. I'm not sure if this is down to SEO being marketed as a value added service or the webdevs being clueless about SEO. In most cases, unfortunately, it is the latter. Simple things like descriptions or even a distinct title for each pages can make a lot of difference.

    Regards...jmcc
     
  4. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Congrats to Grandad !
     
  5. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    So what's the story with them this year?
     
  6. grandad

    grandad Moderator

    The same as it is every year - slag them off unmercifully and then go and win one? :D
     
  7. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Well they seem to have added something about standards compliance this year .. I don't remember that being there in previous years
     
  8. grandad

    grandad Moderator

    That should make judging a bit easier. 99% of sites will fall at the first hurdle.
     
  9. defeated

    defeated New Member

    This may be a stupid question but where are the shortlists visible? I couldn't find them (not without effort anyway).
     
  10. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I think nominations for the Spiders are still open, which would explain why you can't find any shortlists
     
  11. defeated

    defeated New Member

    See, Like I said..."stupid question"!! :)
     
  12. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    If their site was better laid out you wouldn't have had to ask :)
     
  13. defeated

    defeated New Member

    What I did have a problem with was the way their payment page is not secure.
     
  14. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    So you're saying that they're taking CC details on an insecure page?
     
  15. defeated

    defeated New Member

    I'm no expert but a page that starts with http:// instead of https:// would seem to be a problem to me. I don't know why they didn't just use paypal instead.
     
  16. cgarvey

    cgarvey New Member

    What page is that?

    There's some weirdness going on with their SSL cert(s).

    First the "Table Bookings" page brings you to some Business & Finance IE account on shared hosting at inet7.com. That cert shows up in Firefox as not being verified or encrypted (the more worrying issue). On closer examination, it's an Equifax cert (in date) and appears to be valid. So it looks like the Google Analytics code references "http" and not "https" (even though they give you code to automatically adjust!). It might be just that that's making Firefox diss the cert?

    Secondly, the nominations page used a UserTrust.com cert (with Business & Finance as the O) on the goldenspiders.ie domain this time. Again, though, Firefox report site "not encrypted", but if you dig deeper it's only "Parts of the page..." and, again, it's the GA include code that's referencing "http://".

    So maybe just fixing the GA includes would resolve the problems, but certainly both "secure" pages (where payment is accepted) are appearing as https and do have seemingly valid SSL certs behind them.
     
  17. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    So, in short, they haven't got them setup properly, though it would be very easy to fix
     
  18. defeated

    defeated New Member

    very succinct Blacknight. The page I was on was the nominations payment form and it was very definitely showing up on my FF3 as http://
     
  19. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I just tried it now and it's going over SSL. However, it's also accessible without SSL if you edit the address in the toolbar

    The form validation isn't particularly good though
     
  20. defeated

    defeated New Member

    Aha, so it was my meandering that caused the http://
     

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