Best-Laid Plans

Making The Grade

Take this dare--it may be painful, but in the long run, you'll benefit: Point your browser to Web Site Garage (http://www.websitegarage.com), type in your site's URL, and, in a minute or two, you'll find a detailed analysis of your site's load time, popularity and design, as well as a list of dead links and misspelled words. Sites are graded from poor to excellent, and in trial runs, Web Site Garage gave blistering--and accurate--grades. A "poor" or "fair" grade may mean it's time to give your site a hard look: You can bet surfers won't hang around for slow-loading, poorly designed sites.

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This article was originally published in the June 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Best-Laid Plans.

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