SiteWars the Web Design Contest powered by Donuts concluded this week as we rolled out the results. In case you’ve missed our first article about SiteWars, get the full lowdown here. For those of you who aren’t familiar with initiatives we’ve undertaken with the Web Design & Development community, here it is in a nutshell.
Shridhar Luthria, General Manager & Business Head of ResellerClub said, “In my webinar at the start of the year, I received fantastic feedback from the Web Designer & Developer (WDD) community about the way the industry is currently positioned and decided that this was going to be ResellerClub’s primary goal this year – enabling WDDs.”
Since the inception of that idea, we’ve built a social portal for web designers and developers called WDD, Ctrl+F5 – the web design 4-part event series has taken place in 3 cities already, and our first ever web design contest, SiteWars concluded last week. Such excitement!
We partnered with Donuts registry – the registry that powers the largest & most diverse domain names such as .EMAIL, .RESTAURANT, .ACADEMY and more to give away free domain extensions to our participants. Over 1250 Donuts domains were registered during the contest period alone.
Out of the 3000 registrations we recieved on the WDD portal, over 35% participated in SiteWars and we were WOW-ed! Talent poured in from across the globe – Indonesia to Canada to Seychelles and from all industries – digital marketing to fashion & food as the contest kicked-off on April 28th.
The Judging Criteria
The contest was simple – submit an existing website and get evaluated on these criteria:
The contest was so successful because it required almost no additional effort.
The Social Voting
What was also so great about this contest and carried additional weightage was the social voting aspect where nominees could gather votes from their friends and other designers in the industry. The total prize money was a whooping $10,000! 3 months, 300 entries, and 3 judges later, we had our 3 winners. Take a look:
The Winning Website: nwork.graphics
“This single award puts my work in perspective. It was truly an honor to be recognized among so many web designers and developers who participated.” – Sainik Biswas
2) Team Tangible
The Winning Website: tangible.business
“I’m honestly just glad I can now justify the excessive caffeine consumption and dozens of successive all-nighters required to bring this website to completion before the competition’s deadline.” –Gabriel Gallagher
The Winning Website: u.cash
“It was a hard-fought contest and was a privilege to participate. I appreciate the efforts put by Donuts to organize the SiteWars event and feel grateful towards the team to find my website worthy and present me a runners-up award. ” – Arvind Borhade
We want to take this opportunity to thank each of our participants. We’re thrilled with the nominations we received this year. Our 3 judges – Jeff Davidoff (CMO, Donuts), Adel Anwar (Design Lead, Google) and Mike Miller (Creative Director, Mojo Marketplace) had quite a hard time choosing the top 3. We think all the finalists deserve to be applauded. See all the shortlisted entries here.
Once again, thank you for your participation and for making our first ever Web Design contest so successful. We hope you continue to participate in our future events and contests.
Until next year, keep pushing boundaries!