For the 2015 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied 14 automotive manufacturers and one supplier (Michelin). Audi BMW Chevrolet Ford Goodyear Honda Hyundai Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Michelin Mini Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Out of those 15 websites, BMW and Chevrolet emerged in a numerical tie for number one. BMW and Chevrolet both support an impressive 41 languages, in addition to […]
In the 2015 Web Globalization Report Card, slightly more than half of the websites studied use geolocation specifically to improve global navigation. This is up significantly from just a few years ago. Geolocation is the process of identifying the IP address of a user’s computer or smartphone and responding with localized content or websites. Companies that […]
This is not exactly breaking news, but Armenia now has an IDN: հայ Here it is in my fast-evolving IDN map: This means that 34 countries now have delegated IDNs.
Four years ago, for the Web Globalization Report Card, I began noting (and rewarding) those websites that supported mobile devices. Even then one could easily see the virtual grounds shifting in favor of mobile devices. But at the time, only about 20% of the websites studied supported mobile devices. In this year’s Report Card, the majority of websites are […]
I enjoying watching how Western companies localize their websites and products to capitalize on Chinese New Year — the Year of the Sheep (or Goat). Like this gift card from Starbucks China: And this hero image on the Microsoft China home page: And Nike has put together a color-appropriate assortment of products: Happy New Year!
Nice to see that LinkedIn has added support for Arabic: This raises LinkedIn’s language total to 24 languages, including English. As a point of comparison, Facebook supports more than 70 languages.
I’m pleased to announce the publication of The 2015 Web Globalization Report Card. Here are the top-scoring websites from the report: For regular readers of this blog, you’ll notice that Google is once again ranked number one. The fact is, no other company on this list invests in web and software globalization like Google. While […]
Yandex is Russia’s leading search engine and, following in Google’s footsteps, is eager to take over much of Russia’s Internet, which naturally includes the web browser. Yandex is also in the process of expanding its reach beyond Russia. But when I visited the web browser download web page I couldn’t help but notice a few problems with the global […]
According to Verisign’s domain name industry brief, TLD registrations hit 280 million in the second quarter of 2014. Here’s a list of the leading domains overall: Note that the .TK ccTLD is technically a country code but is marketed as a generic TLD, and quite successfully it seems. So Germany is effectively the leading ccTLD. […]
Looking over traffic logs, here are some of the most-visited blog posts of 2014: Wikipedia and the Internet language chasm The top 25 global websites from the 2014 Web Globalization Report Card The worst global websites of the 2014 Web Globalization Report Card Gmail to be first major platform to support non-Latin email addresses Google […]
Cuba has long had its own country code: .CU. But most companies didn’t view this domain as a priority. Until now. But be aware that this domain isn’t cheap. I’ve seen prices ranging from $800 to $1,100, so only larger companies will see this is an impulse buy. But if you can get it, I think […]