I need help with the following assignment: Conduct a comparison of the websites of two community service organisations that target similar client groups. Report on the strengths and weaknesses of...

I need help with the following assignment:

Conduct a comparison of the websites of two community service organisations that target similar client groups. Report on the strengths and weaknesses of each website.

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As you have not specified which websites you are analyzing, it is difficult to make specific comments about your project. One starting point for finding examples of good and bad websites is:

http://www.marketingprofs.com/charts/2016/30455/the-companies-with-the-best-and-worst-website-experiences

Another site that gives you a sample of bad websites with analysis of what makes them bad is:

http://www.onlinetechnologyworld.com/10-worst-websites-2016-avoid-building-one/

For your project, you should begin by researching websites for community service organizations in your area to select two websites. Next, your essay should be divided into sections, each addressing the following issues:

1. Introduction: In your introduction discuss which two sites you have chosen and why.

2. Landing Page: A landing page should clearly identify the organization the website belongs to, what it does, and how to navigate with a single click to the key other pages on the site. Simplicity and clarity are both important.

3. Languages: For community service websites, it is important that they offer support for the languages used in the areas they serve. For example, in New Mexico, a website should offer English, Spanish, and Navajo versions of their pages.

4. Accessibility: As people with disabilities are one major audience for this sort of website, the website should be accessible to those with visual and hearing impairments. For a discussion of website accessibility, see:

https://www.w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility

5. Responsive to Devices: A good website design is responsive to the devices used to access it and can be viewed using computers with different screen sizes, tablets, and mobile phones.

6. Loading Speed: A good website should load in under two to four seconds, with under two seconds being ideal.

7. Bug-Free: You should test your two websites by clicking on all their links and making sure that the site does not crash. Any site with obsolete or broken links or which is prone to crashing is badly designed.

8. Contact Information: The website should have several clearly locatable options for contacting human beings if the site itself fails to answer key questions. 

9. Relevant to Users: The website should be clearly focused on the needs of its clientele.