Big sites and little sites

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We've just finished validating entries using Jaime Iniesta's Site Validator tool. It's excellent, it's elegant and it lets you decide how deep you want to dig into a site. In our case, 200 pages.

Median number of errors per page; 8. We eliminated sites with 20 errors per page or more. Those entries will still be read and if the validation errors are explained, we'll review.

Here's the break-up of errors by site size:

One page sites: 4.5
Small sites, 2 - 99 pages: 6.0
Medium sites, 100 - 199 pages: 3.5
Big sites, 200 + pages: 11.0

Working hypothesis is that some small sites are entered by less experienced developers and therefore contain a larger numbers of errors. But if that's true, why are sites 200 pages plus prone to three times as many errors as medium sites? Is it that they're older and subject to legacy factors, or just that the businesses are larger? Or something else?

The fact that medium sites have less errors than small sites says that size is not inherently a problem. We looked at the age of sites by checking their earliest indexing in Archive.org. Not perfect, but an indication. Medium-sized sites have been around for only four years and four months, but big sites averaged nine years and one month!

This year we have a category for Startups; businesses less than two years old. Those sites have more pages than the Small Business category and around the same number as the Education category. But a quarter the number of validation errors. So it's likely that newer frameworks, and less legacy factors confer an advantage. In that respect it's good we've separated out those newer sites.

The Awards now take more account of the complexity of development. If you've had to integrate seven different databases in your build, you'll be relatively advantaged over a small, simple site. *Hat tip to Geoff Bowers of Daemon.

PHOTO: Hawk-Eye Innovations
 

On show

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Great work Australian agencies and developers who took to heart the #shareyourvictories meme and entered the Australian Web Awards. This year 70 of the 173 entrants took the opportunity to publish their freshly minted sites, giving the Australian business community a very time-efficient way of sampling who's doing what. We'll be promoting the page over coming months.

Extensions

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We know real-world business can get in the way of meeting other deadlines.

If your entry is in DRAFT by the close date - Friday 21st August, we'll give you until Monday midnight EST to complete and pay for it. 'Draft' means your contacts are in there and so is the URL of the site.

Good luck, and congratulations to those who've already completed entries!

Share your victories

We're open. Entering the Australian Web Awards tells your staff and your clients that you value web standards and are proud of your work. This year you have a chance to publish a version of your entry on the Australian Web Awards site. Once paid, entries can be published on a Nominations page. Please be responsible with this and act in good faith*. Your peers are watching!

Our hope is that this will highlight the different approaches developers take and showcase how you resolved the challenges.

*We do reserve the right to selectively publish.

New categories

The Startup category is open to any commercial business that at as of July 1st this year has been operating (trading) for less than two years.

If your business turned over less than $2 million in the twelve months prior to July 1st you can enter the Small Business category. And if you qualify for both, you can choose which you enter...

We've introduced these categories so that smaller budget sites are not competing with very large ones. You can only enter a site in one category unless you're entering the Innovation category. In that case you can create two separate entries for the same site - one in Innovation and one in another category.

List of categories

Contact us if you need advice on which category to enter.

What did the Web Awards look like?

Here's a short video of last year's Australian Web Awards at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney.

National winners for 2014 Australian Web Awards

Danny Murphy from the Western Australian Museum receives an Australian Web Award from Steven Cooper, Developer Advocate at PayPal+Braintree.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners. And thanks to Jess Field and Richard Keeves for running the main event at the Menzies Hotel on November 1st. Also, great support received from PayPal+Braintree, Anchor and Bankwest.

The Western Australian Museum took out the McFarlane Prize for Most Outstanding. They won the Government category and the Mobile category. Hearty congratulations to Morgan Strong and his in-house development team.

eCommerce was awarded to Just in Time Gourmet, by Clever Starfish.

Tim Oliver won the personal category.

Humaan won the commercial category (for the second year running), with Skydive Jurien Bay. They were also awarded the Helen Burgess Award in the education category for Thrive.

Juicebox Creative's Strut Dance won Culture and Events.

Social Media: Buy West Eat Best by Department of Agriculture and Food & Clarity Communications

Moble won the Not for Profit category with Dirty Feet.

Chris Duell & Matt Trimarchi won Innovation with elev.io

Congratulate your team, enjoy your win, and take advantage of the new business opportunities!
 

And the 2014 winners are…

The Fear of Not Winning is powerful in our community but some brave souls throw their hats over the wall. People who enter these awards are generally in the top 10% of sites for quality, so irrespective of the result, congratulations on your hard work and on having the courage to enter. Tell your clients you did it; it sends a strong signal about what you're committed to.

This list includes winners from five states and two territories. Look forward to our celebration in Sydney at the National Awards on November 1st.

New South Wales

 
Commercial ClassMarker by Trent Williams, Andres Rojas
Government Understanding more about your water by Sydney Catchment Authority
Education Moments in Time by ABC and Education Services Australia AND
  ConCensus by ABC and Education Services Australia
Not for Profit DirtyFeet by Moble Pty Ltd

 

ACT

 
Commercial Enabled Employment

 

VICTORIA

 
Commercial ASPAC Group by Emote Digital AND
  Breadtop by Chromatix AND
Government Victorian Electoral Commission AND
  Victorian Ombudsman by Get Started Pty Ltd AND
  Cleaner Yarra & Bay by Revium
Not For Profit EnergyInfoHub by Weave Web Communications
Innovation elevio by Chris Duell & Matt Trimarchi
Social Media Bosch - Winter Wonderland by Loud & Clear

 

TASMANIA

 
Commercial B & E by Walker Designs
Not For Profit Bertrand Cadart by Walker Designs

 

QUEENSLAND

 
eCommerce Fifi's Fabricology by Hybrid Web/Fifi's Fabricology
Government Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
Education Careflight by Brightlabs
Culture & Events Virgin Australia's Happy Hour by ATechnology International
Mobile Fifi's Fabricology by Hybrid Web/Fifi's Fabricology
Innovation Act First by Zeroseven

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA  
eCommerce The Smokehaus by Rockethouse

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY  
Not for Profit Ethos Global Foundation by Captovate

WA results!

The rowdy, talented, well-dressed web elite of Western Australia were at Bankwest Place on October 8th to ring in the new Web Award winners. Exciting, friendly and yes, inspiring. Here are the winners:

eCommerce Just In Time Gourmet by Clever Starfish
Personal Tim Oliver
Commercial Skydive Jurien Bay by Humaan AND
  The Herdsman by Humaan
Government The Western Australian Museum
Education ECU Life Lessons by Longtail Communications AND
  THRIVE by Humaan
Culture and Events STYLEAID by Bam Creative AND
  Strut Dance by JuiceBox Creative
Not for Profit West Australian Music (WAM) by Humaan
Mobile The Western Australian Museum
Social Media Fleur McDonald by Hancock Creative AND
  Hippo Creek by Hancock Creative AND
  Buy West Eat Best by Department of Agriculture and Food & Clarity Communications
Innovation Ready Steady Gov! by Jesse Yuen & Vincent Manera AND
  Vine Collective by JuiceBox Creative

Thanks to sponsors PayPal+Braintree and Bankwest!!

Results timing and events update

State and territory winners will be announced on Thursday 9th October at 8PM ADST, though we may sneak a few results out on Twitter from about 7.30 :p

West Australian winners, however, will be announced on Wednesday 8th at the WA event, which is a sell-out. In New South Wales though, numbers are insufficient for us to proceed with the state final which was planned for Friday October 10th. Instead, those results will be announced online Thursday, as outlined above. We will of course refund those who've already bought tickets.

There's obviously a big difference between WA, where the event is well understood, and other states, which haven't had the same exposure. Here's one area that seems to have been misunderstood: there are no finalists at state level; everyone who enters the awards is eligible to win a state award and is invited to attend the state ceremony. It's a low cost, formal-wear event with added adrenalin.

All state and territory winners qualify for the national final in Sydney on November 1st. If you do not win a state award you can still attend the national final. It's a smart thing to do. You hear direct from the judges, learn what changes are afoot and give your people something to aim for as a team.

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Australian Web Industry Association