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By: Jack Overy
Author, URL, URL Ending
Date, Sources, and Writing style
Site Design, and Ads
Importance of Author
The ending of a url is yet another way to tell the authenticity of a website and a very good way to tell. There are different endings to url's that mean different things.
Date of Website Publication
This slightly obvious yet sometimes hard to find information may bring you to a realization. If a website was made in 2004, ten years later it probably isn't really able to be called "accurate" anymore.
This may be the most clear factor in trusting a website. This is especially important on websites such as wikipedia. Now on wikipedia since anyone can edit it your putting your full trust into the author of the article. You can find out where their knowledge came from by seeing there sources. A fully sourced website is always a good one.
So as said above the visuals of a website can easily tell you what's up. So when you see a website that is a black background with some dark blue text put over it, don't trust it.
Now aside from the websites apperance something that is commonly seen are the ads that pop up. Believe it or not some ads are content based. This means that a website that is trying to educate you should be showing educational ads. So if you're looking up what to feed your dog and a ad pops up to get you house renovated, the website is probably less than trustworthy.
URL's are very important in finding out if a website is reliable or not.
The author is often a very clear sign of the trust you should put in a website. If the author is an average joe that has no supporting facts to prove he's knowledgeable on the subject, chances are you shouldn't trust the website.
The URL itself can also be a very obvious sign of the reliability of a website. For example if the url is www.education.helper.eu is a pretty reliable website because the website name is sounds official. Where as www.jack.is.cool.com sounds more ridiculous and I wouldn't believe its reliable. This is always not always a reliable way to tell but more common sense to keep in mind.
Something that may be a bit harder to notice in the legibility of the website your looking at.
So one thing that everyone always has to worry about is grammar mistakes. Now on a personal document or email to a friend a few grammar mistakes don't matter. But on a public website it's just not allowed. A website trying to teach you something should not have any grammar mistakes themselves. Anyways grammar mistakes are bad and a clear sign of the trust you shouldn't be puttin in a website.
Now looking at an ugly, poorly laid out website is bad in more ways than one. A poorly designed website may look terrible but if johnswebsite.com is just a blue background with some hard to read text on top of it its probably common sense to not trust the website, but just incase you need to reassurance don't trust it.
Some common url endings everyone will encounter on a day to day basis would be .com, .ca, .org, and .net, etc. These all stand for something individually, .com and .ca represent that the website is trying to earn money and most likely has ads all over the place. The ending .org is an Organization website, this is a non-profit website which usually is more trustworthy than .com or .ca. The url ending of .net represents a network website. These websites are just guides to other sites.
Some less commonly seen website endings are .int, .edu, .gov, and .mil. The endings are very specific and other than .edu are rarely seen by most people. The ending .int is similar to a .org ending although this ending is strictly used for international purposes. One more commonly seen than the rest is .edu these are great and reliable websites used for educational purposes and are only able to be used my people within schools. .gov and .mil are similar only to the point that they are both to be used my the government. .mil represents a military website. As well .gov is used for government related topics only and will rarely be used by common people.
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