Report for csef.usc.edu

Overall5.7

The overall score for this website.

Accessibility7.7

How accessible the website is to mobile and disabled users.

The following tests contribute to this score:

Experience5.2

How satisfying the website is likely to be for users.

Technology6.9

How well designed and built the website is.

Screenshot of csef.usc.edu

Nibbler tested a sample of 5 pages from this website at 2:20 PM on Jan 14, 2020 (GMT).

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  • Encourage sharing of your content with social media buttons on articles and pages of your website. The amount of social activity a website should have depends very much on the type of website, its target audience, and how long it has been in operation. (read more)
  • Check how the website looks using a mobile and a tablet. Consider adding mobile-only styling using media queries. Some websites employ other techniques for mobile visitors which we cannot currently detect. (read more)
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Twitter0.0

This website does not appear to be associated with a Twitter account.

  • This website did not contain a link to Twitter.
    • Sign up for a Twitter account and make sure it is linked to from your site.

Printability0.0

0% of pages are optimized for printing

Social interest0.0

  • We did not find any Facebook likes or Google +1s for the 5 pages we tested.
    • Encourage sharing of your content with social media buttons on articles and pages of your website. The amount of social activity a website should have depends very much on the type of website, its target audience, and how long it has been in operation.

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Analytics0.0

0% of pages use analytics

No Analytics SolutionNo

  • None of this website is using any recognised analytics software. It is still possible to gather a great deal of information from webserver logs, however complete visitor analysis requires client-side Javascript or an image not found here.
    • Consider a leading website analytics solution, such as WebTrends or Google Analytics.
  • Note that this test can only detect recognised analytics solutions. If an analytics solution is new, obscure or used in a non-standard way (e.g. it has been customised) it may not be detected.

Popularity1.9

3,354 Most popular website in the world

There has been no mentionable change in this website's popularity recently.

  • This is the 3,354 most popular website in the world.
  • Over the past 3 months, this website has experienced no measurable change in popularity.
  • This website accounts for none of the Internet traffic to usc.edu and its subdomains.

Source: Alexa

Meta tags2.4

This is how this website will look in Google search listings:

California Science & Engineering Fair

csef.usc.edu/

The California Science & Engineering Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving ...

Meta Tags (name attribute)

Page URLNameContent
csef.usc.edu/descriptionThe California Science & Engineering Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California's future scientists and engineers since 1952.
csef.usc.edu/keywordsCalifornia Science and Engineering Fair, State Science Fair, State Science and Engineering Fair, Science Fair, Science and Engineering FairScience Fairs, Science Fair Projects, Projects, California State, Science, Science Education, High School, Middle School, Junior High School

Meta Tags (http-equiv attribute)

Page URLNameContent
csef.usc.edu/Content-Style-Typetext/css
csef.usc.edu/PICS-Label(PICS-1.1 "http://www.classify.org/safesurf/" l gen true for "http://csssf.usc.edu/" by "csef@usc.edu" r (SS~~000 1))
csef.usc.edu/PICS-Label(PICS-1.1 "http://www.rsac.org/ratingsv01.html" l gen true comment "RSACi North America Server" by "csef@usc.edu" for "http://csef.usc.edu/" on "1997.09.30T14:58-0800" r (n 0 s 0 v 0 l 0))
csef.usc.edu/PICS-Label(PICS-1.1 "http://www.icra.org/ratingsv02.html" l gen true for "http://csef.usc.edu" r (cz 1 lz 1 nz 1 oz 1 vz 1) "http://www.rsac.org/ratingsv01.html" l gen true for "http://csef.usc.edu" r (n 0 s 0 v 0 l 0))
csef.usc.edu/Judges/Content-Style-Typetext/css

Mobile3.0

Mobile screenshot of csef.usc.eduTablet screenshot of csef.usc.edu
  • None of this website appears to be optimized for viewing on a mobile or tablet (using CSS media queries). It is important to make sure your content is optimized for a wide range of devices as a growing percentage of web browsing is done on phones and tablets.

Amount of content6.3

Rendering Chart...

  • This website has an average of 276 words per page. The amount of content on a website has been shown to correlate with its search engine ranking.
    • Consider the amount of text on this website and increase it if appropriate.
  • One page of this website has very little content (20 words or less).
    • Ensure all pages have a sufficient amount of content.

Server behavior6.9

Yes404 page

NoCompression

  • This website handles missing pages correctly by sending a 404 HTTP status code.
  • This website was not served using GZIP encoding. GZIP compression is widely supported and reduces the load time of a web page.
  • 2 of the pages of this website follow the best practice of using a permanent (HTTP 301) redirect between URLs with/without trailing slashes. These pages are ideal.
  • Adding or removing a trailing slash to one of the URLs of this site returns an error page (404). This is OK as no content is being duplicated, but visitors might try browsing to the pages of this website with or without a trailing slash. Ideally, the alternate URL should redirect to the correct page.
  • This test is not applicable as this website appears to be on a subdomain.

URL format7.2

  • One URL is particularly hard to type or remember.
    • Consider URL rewriting as an effective and transparent means of creating appropriate URLs. URLs using unusual characters (such as semi-colons or underscores), long numerals or complex phrasing are very difficult for real people to use or exchange. They also tend to be less favoured by search engines. Wherever possible ensure web addresses are 'human readable' - i.e. they should be easy to read, remember and type. In particular, avoid the use of obscure characters (including the underscore, which is not widely understood by non-technical users, or particularly memorable) and long numerals, e.g. example.com/23857984325.

      Page extensions

  • 2 URLs include a file extension.
    • Avoid use of file extensions wherever possible. File extensions appear at the end of web addresses, and have several negative effects. They make the address harder to remember or type (particularly for non-technical users), and can reveal the underlying technology of the website making it very slightly more vulnerable to hackers. They also tie the implementation of the website to a specific technology, which can make subsequent migration of URLs difficult. Consider URL rewriting as an effective and transparent means of creating appropriate URLs.

Images8.7

64% of images have a clearly defined size

9 images are being resized by the browser

Headings9.0

awards brief california category csef engineering fair found history important information judges library reference science state

  • All pages were found to use defined headings. This is excellent as it allows visitors and search engines to summarize the content of webpages quickly. Correctly defined headings aid accessibility and are particularly important for search engine optimization.
  • Some pages did not define headings correctly. The H1 tag should be used for the most top-level heading, with H2 being used for sub-headings and H3 for further sub-headings and so-on. Not conforming to this convention may confuse visitors.
    • Ensure that headings are defined in a semantically correct way, i.e. always start with a H1 tag. This is used to summarise the page content. Further tags (H2, H3, H4 etc) are meant to summarise and partition sections within the content.

Page headings detail

URLHeadingLevel
csef.usc.edu/Important Information About the Fair for:H2
csef.usc.edu/CSEF Reference Library:H2
csef.usc.edu/History/BriefHistory.htmlA Brief History of the California State Science FairH1
csef.usc.edu/CSEF_News.xmlNot FoundH1
csef.usc.edu/Current/Awards/California Science & Engineering Fair 2019 Category AwardsH1
csef.usc.edu/Judges/California Science & Engineering Fair JudgesH1

Page titles9.0

100% of pages have defined titles

20% of page titles are weak

  • All pages were found to specify page titles, but one page has a relatively weak title which could be improved. Page titles appear in search results and at the top of the browser's window when visiting the site. Appropriate page titles are particularly important for search engine optimisation.
    • Make sure that all pages have a descriptive title. Do not include the address of the page in the title, try not to use excessive punctuation and avoid common words like 'page'.

Freshness10.0

Last updated January 12, 2020

  • It looks like this website was last updated on Sunday, January 12, 2020. This is good because visitors perceive up-to-date websites as more credible. Websites that are updated regularly are also spidered by search engines more often.
  • To find this information we used the last modified dates reported by this website's server in addition to looking for dates written on each page.

All dates found

DateFileSource
10/12/00csef.usc.edu/History/BriefHistory.htmlLast modified header
1/12/20csef.usc.edu/Judges/Body text
3/23/99csef.usc.edu/CSSF/.../CSSF_Bar.jpgLast modified header
3/23/99csef.usc.edu/CSSF/.../CSSF.Bar1.jpgLast modified header
9/30/97csef.usc.edu/graphics/rsacirated.gifLast modified header
9/30/97csef.usc.edu/graphics/safeall.gifLast modified header
1/10/18csef.usc.edu/graphics/CSEF_Bar.jpgLast modified header
3/24/16csef.usc.edu/Graphics/NOC_LOGO_Blue_HR_200h.pngLast modified header
3/16/12csef.usc.edu/Graphics/RSS-icon.pngLast modified header
2/10/11csef.usc.edu/Graphics/Overview2008.jpgLast modified header
1/9/18csef.usc.edu/graphics/CSEF_Logo.gifLast modified header
1/9/18csef.usc.edu/CSEF.cssLast modified header

Domain agei

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