A Sneak Peek at Seomoz's Web 2.0 Awards – Web Development & Design

A Sneak Peek at Seomoz's Web 2.0 Awards – Web Development & Design

Seomoz, the major authority on SEO, social media, and tips on running an SEO agency, has recently rounded up their Web 2.0 awards. “Web 2.0” refers to a current regeneration of sites that concentrate on user generated content and open-source applications online.
The sites were ranked based on usability, usefulness, social aspects, interface & design, and content quality. A total of 300 websites were monitored which were divided into 30 categories. Today we’re casting a quick look at some of the websites that were nominated in the Web Development and Design category.
1st Place Winner
CSS Beauty CSS Beauty is a database of well designed CSS sites and a forum of related resources. CSSBEAUTY is a project focused on providing its audience with a database of well designed CSS based websites from around the world. Its purpose is to showcase designer’s work and to act as a small portal to the CSS design community. Besides, CSS Beauty itself is pretty and easy to navigate.
2nd Place Winner

is a fast-paced company that originated as a blog community and is currently supplying both a highly useful browser plug-in for Firefox and a robust analytics system for bloggers. Performancing seeks to create a home for professional bloggers. – a place where those that want to make money from their blogs can learn, and perfect the art of making a living from weblogging.
3rd Place Winner
Mint, Shaun Inman’s popular blog analytics software isn’t free, but it’s affordable (at $30). Mint is an extensible web site analytics program. Its interface is an exercise in simplicity. Visits, referrers, popular pages and searches can all be taken in at a glance on Mint’s flexible dashboard.
Some other honorable Web 2.0 nominations:
Prototype Javascript Framework aims to ease development of dynamic web applications. Featuring a unique, easy-to-use toolkit for class-driven development and the nicest Ajax library around, Prototype is quickly becoming the codebase of choice for web application developers everywhere.
Surf Tail makes it easier to find what you want on the web by following those who have gone before you. The tails of surfers are updated in real time so you can see exactly what blogs or sites are currently related to the one you’re reading and as more people follow the link it reinforces and maintains it.
Ajaxwhois.com is developed and maintained by internet entrepreneur Carl Mercier as a pet project. It was originally intended to be a proof of concept and a fun side project. However, the user’s response has been so overwhelming that it has since been turned into a full-blown website. AW is a comprehensive and easy to use service for finding available domain names and obtaining WHOIS and other information about registered domain names.
ColorBlender is a free online tool for color matching and palette design. ColorBlender is developed by Kim Jensen and can best be described as a “version 2.0” of ColorMatch 5K tool developed for the Danish 5 KB web design competition in 2001. The tool is completely free to use, however, users are encouraged help the site owner finance website hosting and continuous development of this tool and others.

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