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nch.ie – National Concert Hall

Posted in: Domains,Standards by Richard Hearne on September 1, 2007
Internet Marketing Ireland

My mother is one of the many Internet users over the age of 65. Like many older web users, until recently she had no real prior experience of using a web browser. My mother is also a classical music lover, and today she tried to look at the National Concert Hall website.


Surprisingly my mother knew that nch.ie was the web address of the National Concert Hall. It’s fair to assume that she discovered this offline, so the NCH has been branding the web property, and quite successfully so given my mother’s instant knowledge of their URL.

Not nch.ie

nch.ie - National Concert Hall
source: http://nch.ie

Further Irony

nch.ie - accessibility statement
source: http://www.nch.ie

Accessibilty Information:

This site has been constructed to be as accessible as possible to visitors of all abilities.

Except those who don’t realise that the www is absolutely necessary…

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  1. It’s a really dumb mistake to make that can be easily rectified.

    All they need to do is make a minor change to the IIS configuration to add a host header for nch.ie

    The DNS is setup correctly at least!

    Comment by Michele Neylon — September 2, 2007 @ 1:22 am

  2. I believe it’s MediaOne managing that particular site. Slap on the wrist there.

    Comment by Ken — September 3, 2007 @ 8:49 am

  3. Seems someone was paying attention http://nch.ie is now working

    Comment by Pete — September 4, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  4. Good news – that’s a positive outcome then. Now all they need to do is fix the canonical URL :grin:

    Thanks for pointing that out Pete.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — September 4, 2007 @ 9:26 am

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