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                     Celebrating 5 years as a Rated and Certified Award Program 2005-2010


 Since you are on this page you have read our Disclaimer and Terms of Use and have agreed to such. Now your journey is to begin.  On the following page before you begin your journey you will be asked to answer 10 pre-Qualification questions.  You must check all 10 before you continue your journey. This will save you time and us also.  Yes there are Mandatory and Disqualification Criteria along with these Pre-Qualification questions.  Our program may seem to be rigid in what we want but we believe for a site to really make a difference the site must be one that truly stands above others in these areas.  Our award is not a give-away award and our program we take very seriously especially with our young panel. For in this way you can be very SURE that your site goes the distance and really makes the difference through the eyes of the surfer not just the judges.

 If your site does not meet these qualification's then your journey will never start.   Please read each page carefully as you travel. If you have a question contact us.


We believe that the heart of any web site is the Content and Mission the heart of our Award. Since our beginnings, Our program is different  for  our panel we call the panel  of 7 to evaluate a site  is one of all ages, and skill levels, not just Judges. Content and Mission.....the Heart of Our Program Evaluation. Below is our point scale for our program. You must be awarded a min. of 95 points to be honored with our award. Seventy of the 95 points is within the Content and Mission part of your site, we call it COC.   

The heart of The Dove Award Content and Mission done by such a burning desire within to achieve a lasting impressionPlease read this informationOur definition of a great web site: COC - To Provide credible, original content in as many ways as possible according the the stated mission and purpose of that site. Within a burning desire to share with others such content and knowledge as shown forth by a mission or purpose of the site.
Larisa Thomason, Senior Web Analyst of NetMechanic, Inc. agrees as most designers will.... that Content is King in good web site design! [opens outside link] All web site designers would agree that Original content is the most important trait of any great Web site. Web sites that provide only links to other sites are essentially  just meta-lists [list of links to follow]  Sites that have a wealth of knowledge and information that's useful to the user stand out and will be revisited. It is important that a site follow the mission that they set forth to achieve. The Dove Award Evaluation Panel looks at your site to see if your mission is reached through your content and that your site Makes a difference and stands out from just another site dealing with your content. This is why we quote
" through the eyes of the visitor then you will know you have made a difference"

 A recent check of web statistics confirms this, that the content of a great web site providers account for 62% total impressions.  Any web site designer would agree that your content is king. Within a great site the visitor will leave with a lasting impression that the  site has given the visitor something. The heart of the Dove Award is simply that.  The score that you need is a min. of 95 points for our award. Seventy of those points deal with Mission and Content. Other design features are also important to point scores for  theme, code, navigation, ease of use. Read more on following pages.

HOW we score your site

After your evaluation we will send you the following result point sheet in Microsoft Works


The heart of our program is mission and content


       Opening ImpressionVisual Impression Opening Page  [Design]
Please read this informationWhen a visitor comes to your site the very first thing that they see will determine if they will continue. This is the WOW factor that begins to 'open the eyes of the heart'. The opening page of any site makes the difference if the visitor will want to continue or not. We feel the most two important parts to any site or program is the opening page and how long it takes to LOAD. Visitors will not stay on a site if it takes forever to load. So loading time is very important and that is also covered in our 29 questions you just were asked.
0 - 20 points

Judges

 

                 ConsistencyVisual Impression Consistency [Design]
Please read this informationAs the visitor continues to surf your pages just like the opening page each page must impress the visitor to continue. Keeping their interest page to page. This includes the use of pictures and gifs, that follow your opening page and theme of your presentation. This also included loading time of the pages. The same WOW factor applies to each page but is not as important as the opening page.
0 - 5 points
Judges
        Original and UniqueOriginal/Unique  (Theme)  [Design]
Please read this informationA part of you, the creative part making your site stand out about others around the same subject that your site is trying to set such an impression. Each one of us are different and we each will see things in different ways. We look for the YOU in each page of your site. One can be a great musician but have no 'heat' in playing the music. They play just the notes. Every artist has a unique way to create and that is so important.
0-5 points
Judges
                   Color Consistency throughout websiteColor Scheme  and Consistency   [Design]
Please read this informationWell balanced color from page to page. Not changing using other color schemes, like from read to pink then to purple and orange. Unless you are trying to make a certain point to us. Like noticeable change? Well lets take a step back here. If color is used properly or is part of your presentation and it works to get your message across, then we also take that into consideration. If it is not part of that presentation then why should you be given points for it?
0-5 points
Judges
                                     Color Consistency throughout websiteFont Consistency [Design]     
Please read this informationUsing the standards and not jumping from 12 to 18 (Large to small) and using different fonts throughout. One page Comic, another Roman , or  Arial or  Verdena   are the most common ones used. The exception to this is using smaller fonts for graphs like the one you are viewing, or at the bottom of a web page. The main text of your page should be uniform in both size and font type.     ab cd ef gh   design is important .                        
0-5 points


Judges

 

      Color Consistency throughout website   Code 
Please read this informationMany Award programs have surrounded their awards by the code. Code is important to any standard of a great web site. But It is not the Code that makes the difference all together. If your site leaves the lasting impression and has poor code you still might have the point needed to  have 'made the difference'. You may have a great coded site and still not make the difference without the lasting impression. Don't by any means get us wrong for we will look at your code just as other award programs but that is not what our program is entirely about...it is the visitor you must impress not the judges.  For that is part of the program before you even get to this point. The judges will go behind the scene and check out your code. Broken links, 404's submitting mail forms to make sure they work, checking load times, and your graphics, copyrights, credits, privacy statements, updates, rating buttons [proper sized] and so on. This is a general Code evaluation not a professional one. We want to work with a site and do just that if there is a code problem. We can help them with that, but lasting impression we can do nothing to help you, either it is there or not.
  Code is very important and within the Criteria of the 29 questions you just answered so is found.  The points you need to be honored with our award comes not from design but from those who make the difference.....the ones who visit you.  If your code is that bad than the questions you just were asked will disqualify your site anyway. The 0-5 points here are for those sites that go beyond or have that 'picture perfect site behind the wall's of their Internet home.                                                                                          
0-5 points
Judges
    Total Design points
Max [45]

                        Navigation ease of use Navigation ease of use                                   [Navigation]
Please read this informationIs your site easy to navigate and get around by just an ordinary person coming to visit? Navigation is important so that a visitor will not get lost in your pages
0 - 10 points
Judges  0-5  and Award Panel
0-5
                                           Navigation Consitency throughout websiteVisual Navigation Consistency                          [Navigation]
Please read this informationSame uniform consistent navigation throughout the entire web site. Not button changes of one size on this page and bigger ones on another, perhaps a drop menu here and just script on another page, easy to see and understand. Pointing people that visit your site in the right direction.
0 - 5 points
Judges
                     Navigation Points                                                         
Max [15]
 Please read this information Flash presentationFlash        [Bonus points]          
+5
Judges
Please read this informationIf your site or page is posted compliant and fails you loose 5 Points.   Please note that our site does not claim to be compliant but we do check yours if you say you are compliant. There is a mistake we placed within your journey. If you find it and post it in the comments you will gain a bonus of 5 points.
         
+10* or -5 points
Max [15]
Judges
         
 
"When you know you have made the difference"   The Dove Award
 
95 points are needed to be honered with our Dove Award.  A score of 125 or higher you are honored with our Legacy Award Graphic also.
WE wish you a safe and rewarding journey!
 Max total 145
Doveaward graphic for 2010 or 5th year as a rated AP on the InternetThe Legacy Award Graphic

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