The Philippine Blog Awards Site Needs Work
Update: An anonymous reader sent us an email, telling us that the organizers have opened nominations. But he also expressed frustration: “Now they tell us! I wasn’t sure of when the nomination would start or end, so I nominated a blog a few days ago. So now I’m supposed to renominate?”
Visually, we find nothing wrong with the website of The Philippine Blog Awards, now on its second year. But visitors looking for information may be a bit confused. Continue to see what our usability expert had to say.
- “I can’t immediately find the information people usually look for concerning awards, like ‘When is the awarding?’ I know the date hasn’t been set yet, but they could’ve least made an estimate obvious on the main page.
- “How exactly do I nominate a blog? That also wasn’t immediately clear. I found a link to “Nomination Process” on a menu, but that led to a page detailing the nomination process. I wanted to actually nominate someone.” (Editor’s note: the nomination forms are here, here, and here)
- “Lastly, the awards up for grabs isn’t obvious to new visitors. That’s all detailed here, here, and here. But again, they’re not immediately available to people visiting for the first time.”
Our usability expert, who makes a living from making websites easier to navigate, understand and process, had one more point: “I know it’s the Philippine Blog Awards, but maybe the organizers shouldn’t have relied on a blog to share information? That’s fine for people who’ve been following the website from the beginning. But again, how do we make information easily available to new visitors?”
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