Top site - Daily Mail & General Trust - always near the top of the FTSE, consistent, error free, accessible with high performance.

Bottom site - WPP - holding up the bottom of the table again this month. This bad result seems to contradict their philosophy espoused on their website;

"Welcome to WPP: A world leader in marketing communications
WPP companies exist to help their clients compete successfully: in marketing strategy, advertising, every form of marketing communication.....

Every page we checked failed HTML coding standards and level "A" and "AA" Accessibility standards... quite a few errors, things that clearly don't help communication!

Last month's dip in BAE's ranking was due to all links to a partner's site not working. Cured by the time this month's report was run means that they bounced back up to a more respectable 6th place.

You may well be in control of your own site and know when changes are made so you can test things are working OK, but whenever you link to an external source you lose that control. None of these sites keep you up-to-date with their changes or always set-up appropriate re-directs when they move pages around their sites.

What differentiates a Top 5 site from a Bottom 5 site? Let's take a look at Sage in the Top 5 and BP in the Bottom 5.

Sage is a Top 5 site because on the 126 pages we checked they have:-
2 errors (e.g. broken links)
1.59% of their pages fail HTML coding standards (in numerical terms they had 11 coding errors)
0.00% of their pages fail basic level "A" Accessibility standards
2.38% of their pages fail level "AA" Accessibility standards

BP are a Bottom 5 site because on the 126 pages we checked they have:-
93 errors (e.g. broken links)
96.8% of their pages fail HTML coding standards (in numerical terms they had 13,073 coding errors)
10.3% of their pages fail basic level "A" Accessibility standards
96% of their pages fail level "AA" Accessibility standards

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Published on: 12:00AM on 18th May 2007