Website of the month, August 2014…

The website of the month for August 2014 is The Window & Door Repair Shop. Normally when purchasing items online I stick to established channels (e.g. Amazon, eBay) or sellers (e.g. Domino’s, Argos, Marks & Spencer). However, I recently needed to purchase a replacement part for a locking system that wasn’t sold by any household names. Despite looking questionable (notice the domain name change as you try to buy something) The Window & Door Repair Shop provides plenty of information on what it sells, allowing me to select the correct part based mostly on pictures and measurements.

It is on this happy note that I am ending the website of the month feature on this blog. Initially intended to highlight cool and useful websites that it would be easy to miss, there are now websites dedicated to (and far better at) this purpose. It’s also increasingly becoming a restrictive format for me – I have something like 30 links built up for future posts which would be better dealt with in a shorter format (e.g. a tweet) than with a full blog post. Indeed, sharing any non-original content on this blog contributes to the problem of information overload – a problem that I am trying to reduce in my life and appreciate that others may be trying to reduce too.

The (best) website of the month feature has been running since late 2005, and there was also briefly a ‘worst website of the month’ feature. It seems a shame to end the longest-running thing I’ve been doing on the Internet other than this blog (which, essentially, is just an organised way of uploading random stuff), but the spirit of the website of the month shall continue through links I will continue to share on this blog more sporadically and in various formats.

Month Website
August 2014 The Window & Door Repair Shop
July 2014 PressureNet.io
June 2014 Gridwatch
May 2014 Music Timeline
April 2014 Pusheen the cat
March 2014 Source Code in TV and Films
February 2014 BrianBoru2014.com
January 2014 A Journey Through Middle-Earth
December 2013 In The Long Run
November 2013 Bisous les copains
October 2013 A view from the cycle path
September 2013 The Pirate Omnibus
August 2013 TIKI Brand
July 2013 Digital Blasphemy
June 2013 Cambridge Cluster Map
May 2013 Pint of Science
April 2013 Ascii Street View
March 2013 Cambridge – Past, Present and Future
February 2013 mayweekiscoming.com
January 2013 Emigration Isle
December 2012 Actors at Work Productions
November 2012 This is Now
October 2012 Local Myths and Legends
September 2012 The Cambridge Film Festival
August 2012 Skip Town With Sun Valley
July 2012 Subterranea Britannica
June 2012 Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies
May 2012 walkcam2012
April 2012 Google
March 2012 SocketCoder.com
February 2012 Dermandar
January 2012 Fonleap
December 2011 Once Upon
November 2011 muzski’s deviantART gallery
October 2011 SilentUK
September 2011 Mwahahahahahaha!
August 2011 YouTubeRepeat.com
July 2011 WMA To MP3 Converter
June 2011 Bored In Cambridge
May 2011 Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things
April 2011 Do Nothing for 2 Minutes
March 2011 Doctor Who Arrangements and Sheet Music
February 2011 New York Times – Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film
January 2011 MuseumChick
December 2010 Instant Elevator Music
November 2010 Pi to 1 million decimal places
October 2010 The New Emergency Services Number
September 2010 Irishpolyglot.com
August 2010 Walking Across The USA
July 2010 Nokia Qt Developer Network – Rubber ducking
June 2010 XDA Developers
May 2010 Grooveshark
April 2010 The Matrix 101
March 2010 GraphJam
February 2010 Airbrushed for change – MyDavidCameron.com
January 2010 downforeveryoneorjustme.com
December 2009 boklm’s webpage
November 2009 pocketnow.com
October 2009 HTCPedia.com
September 2009 Keep Tube
August 2009 openBVE
July 2009 Free Map Tools
June 2009 RateMyLecturer.com
May 2009 Planetside
April 2009 The Aargh Page
March 2009 FAIL Blog
February 2009 Searchme
January 2009 xkcd
December 2008 CollegeHumor
November 2008 Media Converter
October 2008 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
September 2008 Tibus
August 2008 RealSnailMail
July 2008 C&C Group plc
June 2008 Bitey Castle
May 2008 O2 Broadband
April 2008 One.com
March 2008 PayPal
February 2008 The Irish Stock Exchange
January 2008 Slide 2 Unlock Pro
December 2007 HTC Source
November 2007 Banksy
October 2007 D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y
September 2007 TheAppleMan (Vasaka)
August 2007 Heritage Week
July 2007 PDAdb.net
June 2007 Blackle
May 2007 TheAppleMan (Arcane)
April 2007 The Museum of Hoaxes – Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes Of All Time
March 2007 RTÉ
February 2007 Terragen 2 Resources
January 2007 Epic Movie
December 2006 The Windows Vista Team Blog
November 2006 Panorama Explorer
October 2006 St Ignatius College
September 2006 Uncyclopedia
August 2006 The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland
July 2006 Firesuite.com
June 2006 The Ireland Story
May 2006 Area 51 New Mexico
April 2006 The Onion – Microsoft Patents Ones and Zeroes
March 2006 Tourism Ireland
February 2006 Dead Body Guy
January 2006 London Underground History
December 2005 Weebls Stuff

A full list of the worst websites of the month will appear here soon!