Friday, July 21, 2006

How to Spot a Copied Web Site

Last night I was checking out the awesome Chicago Bike Shops Web site (I had been there once before, when it was first established). Visitors can make comments about shops, and while reading those I discovered a place I had never heard of -- Oscar Wastyn Cycles on Fullerton Avenue. I guess I should have heard of it since it's probably the most historic shop in a city with a rich (though mostly forgotten) bicycling history. The shop's founder, Emil Wastyn, designed and built the Paramount bicycle for Schwinn in the early 20th century. Anyway, I went to Wastyn's Web site and noticed that the filenames for the pages don't match the contents. Check this out:
Bicycles: http://www.wastyn.com/dining.htm
About us: http://www.wastyn.com/cater.htm
Hours: http://www.wastyn.com/events.htm
Contact: http://www.wastyn.com/rooms.htm
Sheesh, if you're going to copy from a restaurant/banquet hall site, the least you could do is rename the files! I just hope they didn't pay a professional Web designer for that.

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