I was browsing my blog stats this evening and I noticed that lots of people were coming to my site having searched for the term Caoimhe blog. Caoimhe is a very well known Irish blogger and she was recently interviewed on a daytime TV program called The Big Bite along with several other Irish bloggers of renown.
This program raised Caoimhe’s already high profile and so more people are searching for her blog. Currently when you search for Caoimhe blog in Google.ie, this site comes up as result no 1!
Why is this site coming up as result no. 1? Well there are several reasons, first off I have a link to Caoimhe’s blog in my list of blogs I read using the term “Caoimhe’s blog”.
Furthermore, the searchers are restricting the search to Ireland on Google.ie and my blog is hosted in Ireland. Caoimhe’s blog on the other hand, although Irish, is a Blogger blog hosted by blogspot.com in the US.
Finally, this blog is run out of WordPress, so the blog it produces is web standards compliant – this is not the case for Blogger blogs. Why is this important? Well, search engines love standards compliant sites and generally, standards compliant sites rank higher then non-compliant sites in searches (this is ironic considering Blogger is owned by Google).
I wrote a post a few weeks back about Irish web standards compliant websites and development agencies. In that post I listed commercial and non-commercial Irish web standards compliant websites and development agencies who develop to the web standards, in response to queries from participants on a talk I gave for the Irish Internet Association.
In the meantime, Colm O’Riordan of Communicraft has come back to me pointing out another site developed by Communicraft which is web standards compliant. The site is called Crann – it is the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices based in Trinity College Dublin.
If there are any other Irish web standards compliant sites or development agencies out there that I have missed, feel free to contact me and I’ll happily give you a mention.
Since I delivered the talk for the Irish Internet Association last Thursday in Mitchelstown, several people have asked me for the names of web development agencies who develop standards compliant websites.
I know of a few Irish web development agencies who develop web standards compliant sites and will list them here – if anyone knows of any that I have missed out on, be sure to let me know and I will update this list.
Copper Reed Studio
Eoghan McCabe Web design
I was also asked for examples of Irish commercial websites which are web standards compliant. Again I am listing the ones I know of or have been made aware of. If you know of any that I have missed, please let me know and I will include it here.
Fota House – Developed by 9mmfilm.com
Morgan Leahy Group – Developed by Copper Reed Studio
O’Hurley Blair Irwin – Developed by Copper Reed Studio
trinityhorne – Developed by Copper Reed Studio
Blooming Amazing flower company – Developed by Fusio
MetLab – Developed by Ionet Limited
SalesLeads.ie – Developed by Ionet Limited
Exact Ltd. – Developed by Ionet Limited
Below are a couple of non-commercial Irish standards compliant sites that I felt deserved mention:
Children’s Research Centre, TCD – Developed by Copper Reed Studio
University of Limerick, Cooperative Education & Careers Division – Developed by Copper Reed Studio
The Labour Relations Commission – Developed by Fusio
The Department of Finance – Developed by Fusio
The Department of Foreign Affairs – Developed by Fusio
Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General – Developed by Fusio
Dublin European Institute – Developed by Ionet Limited
Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices – Developed by Communicraft
Again, if there are any sites you feel should be listed here, send me on the domains and I will add them.
Updated Mon 12th June 2006