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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

Google Now Using Site Speed in Web Search Ranking Part 1 – The Problem

April 9th, 2010 4:04 pm by Vincent Flanders

Yes, it’s finally happened. Google is using your site’s page loading speed in its web search rankings — kind of. It’s only partially implemented and only for English queries — right now. Search Engine Land has an excellent non-Google take on the matter.

The Google article lists various tools to help you evaluate your site’s speed. Page Speed and Yslow are two addons for the Firebug plugin for Firefox. These tools are extremely valuable because they  analyze “web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance.” Performance is this year’s black.

Crappy looking sites. In my view, the problem with rewarding web speed is that lots of sites that are the worst sites and worst looking sites on the Internet might see an improvement in search results because they load faster.

Yes, I know that Page Load Time is a minor, minor factor. Still, it seems bizarre that crappy looking sites will get any kind of bonus for loading faster.

Sites That Suck – Ranked by Page Speed Score

Domain Page Speed Score Yslow Score
l.a. Eyeworks 92 90 (A)
Yvette’s Bridal Formal 90 86 (B)
Phonetics 88 75 (C)
George Hutchins for U.S. Congress 87 78 (C)
ABBC Breeders (4-8-10 – The Easter Theme) 86 77 (C)
MIAUK (may induce seizures) 85 79 (C)
The Rapture Fall 2009 83 74 (C)
John Titor Time Traveler 82 71 (C)
Accept Jesus, Forever Forgiven 82 68 (D)
Vivus 75 59 (E)
Average 85 75.7

Not crappy looking sites. The following is a list of some well-known sites:

Content Rich Sites – Ranked by Page Speed Score

Domain Page Speed Score Yslow Score
Twitter 93 78 (C)
Useit.com Home Page (3-12-10) 87 91 (A)
Smashing Magazine (4-8-10) 86 87 (B)
WPTS Home Page (4-8-10) 86 81 (B)
Firefox 84 71 (C)
Amazon.com 84 86 (B)
Microsoft Home Page (3-12-10) 83 69 (D)
A List Apart (4-8-10) 77 71 (C)
UX Magazine “Guiding Principles…” 74 69 (D)
New York Times (4-8-10) 72 53 (E)
Average 82.6 75.6

Jeez. The New York Times scores lower than the turd pile called Yvette’s. Yes, I know content is rewarded.

Irony. I measured the page load speed of three companies who provide performance tuning. Very interesting results.

Three companies that perform Web Site Performance Tuning:

Domain Page Speed Score Yslow Score
Company 1 Home Page 91 86 (B)
Company 2 Home Page 73 65 (D)
Company 3 Home Page 88 77 (C)

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