For each page:
View your pages using different browsers, monitors of different sizes and color depths, and multiple operating systems. Try it yourself or ask a friend to view your Web pages, noting differences in the images, fonts, colors, and downloading speeds:
See our page on Web Site Assessment and Evaluation and apply the Criteria to your own site. Review the TRIO ThinkQuest Judging Rubric for another way to self-evaluate your site.
Test out the usability and navigability of your site by watching the way students, teachers, parents, or others use and navigate through it. This process may tell you something about how to improve the presentation of information. Notice which pages are visited first, which pages more time is spent with, and how much interest there is in the material. Observe how easy it is for others to navigate from page to page and find what they are looking for. Ask for feedback from a variety of people to find out what works well and what doesn't. Give out a questionnaire or have people write down their comments on a sheet of paper.
If a number of people have been making the same comments or suggestions, consider changing your site before posting it. Repeat the entire testing process after making any major changes to the site.
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