Old computers: site analysis and redesign

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Dec 152010
 

For this project I decided to redesign www.oldcomputers.net. You can see the designs at:

www.webdesignstuff.co.uk/work/jt008/projects/old-computers/

www.webdesignstuff.co.uk/work/jt008/projects/old-computers/sub-page.php

Site analysis

This site does well in the search rankings. It’s the third result in Google when searching for ‘old computers’, and the first two are different pages on the same site – www.old-computers.com. I think this is respectable. www.old-computers.com is a much bigger site with a much wider remit. www.oldcomputers.net by contrast is a personal website, focused on a private collection. The Alexa site ranking of www.old-computers.com is 179,030 compared to 295,526 www.oldcomputers.net. Given this I think it would be difficult to overhaul www.oldcomputers.com without vastly expanding the scope of the website, which I don’t think is appropriate.

It also performs well searching for specific machines. It’s the second result (below Wikipedia) for Apple Newton and the third result for Altair 8800. It fares less well for some of the better known models – the Commodore 64 for example has many websites devoted to it – but it still gets a reasonable amount of traffic from them.

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Here’s a confession: I know all about the Altair 8800

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Dec 072010
 

Of all the websites available for this project, this is the one I wasn’t going to choose.

I love old computers. The first computer I ever used was a Sirius. They cost several thousand pounds each and my dad had two for his business.  I used them to play Millipede and a BMX game, the name of which escapes me (although perhaps it was simply called ‘BMX’). Continue reading »