While doing some research today for resources to share on my new, dedicated "HTML5" Twitter feed, @htmlUI, I started to notice the abundance of websites that have "committed" to HTML5 by embedding the term in the URL. Never mind that HTML, at least in WHATWG's opinion, is now a "living standard" not requiring version numbers, but this overt pledge of allegiance to HTML5 got me wondering: How many websites are using HTML5 in the their domain name?
My desire to answer this question is rooted in two things:
- I want to know how many sites are using HTML5 in their domain name (just cuz)
- I want to see what "HTML5 dedicated" sites are doing with these domain names.
- I want to find new HTML5 resources so I can share the best with you!
Of course, some of the best HTML5 websites don't include "HTML5" in the domain, but there are plenty of lists that catalog those resources today. I wanted a focusing challenge.
As best I can tell, there is no sure fire way to get a complete index of in-use URLs that can be searched for HTML5 (see explanation below). So based on more rudimentary, manual (Google) techniques, here's a list of sites I could find that start with HTML5 right in the URL.
To help you better separate the "wheat from the chaff," I've done some crude categorization:
High Quality Sites (i.e. the ones worth visiting)
- html5boilerplate.com - Useful boilerplate code for HTML5 developers
- diveintohtml5.org - Digital version of great HTML5 book.
- html5doctor.com - Great site. Good original info.
- html5demos.com - Great collection of simple HTML5 demos.
- html5reset.org - Similar to Boilerplate. Useful baseline code.
- html5rocks.com - One of the best HTML5 learning sites (by Google)
- html5test.com - Good quick test for browser HTML5 support
Nothin' But HTML5 (HTML5 TLDs that resolve to sites…pretty much all wasted)
- html5.com - Apple's got it. Redirect to apple.com
- html5.org - Almost nothing. Just links to other useful resources.
- html5.net - Coming soon? Sure…
- html5.info - Almost nothing. Just another WordPress blog on HTML5…
- [SPAM] html5.mobi - Genuine ad farm spam page
- (No .biz, co, edu, mil, gov, tv, ly, us, etc.)
Unique Sites (Not straight from a can to the plate)
- html5accessibility.com - Good idea, but not highly updated. (Created by commercial group)
- html5canvastutorials.com - Collection of Canvas examples, tutorials, labs
- html5games.com - Just like the name says: a directory of HTML5-based games
- html5laboratory.com - Personal HTML5 playground of @iandevlin (interesting site)
- introducinghtml5.com - Site supporting @rem & @brucel's book on HTML5
- ishtml5readyyet.com - Site for the pessimists…
- ishtml5ready.com - Site for the optimists (be sure to read the HTML comments)
- html5readiness.com - Getting a bit dated, but interesting browser support comparison
- html5video.org - Part good info on HTML5. Part commercial promo for Kaltura.
- html5shirt.com - That's right. "Official" HTML5 t-shirts. (By the people that created the logo)
Standard HTML5 Site Galleries (dime a dozen)
- html5anchor.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery + some resource links
- html5arena.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery, and nothing more
- html5awesome.com - Only the "best" HTML5 sites…just a gallery, same sites
- html5based.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- html5beauty.net - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- html5elite.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- html5mania.com - Nearly identical to html5based.com (Just a HTML5 site gallery)
- html5-showcase.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- html5websites.net - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- html5-webapps.com - Typical HTML5 site gallery
- 101besthtml5sites.com - Typical HTML5 gallery (created by consulting company)
Blogs and "News" (a.k.a. the Echo Chamber)
- html5samples.com - Typical HTML5 news/examples + many ads…
- mobilehtml5.com - Stale blog on HTML5 news for mobile
- html5tutorial.net - Better than average collection of HTML5 tutorials, news, examples
- html5trends.com - HTML5 news and a LOT of ads (by FusedFolks)
- htmlfive.net - Does spelling-out "five" count? Pretty active source of HTML5 news.
Real World Events
- html5live.org - HTML5 conference in New York (in 2010)
- sfhtml5.org - San Francisco MeetUp for HTML5 enthusiasts
Reference Sites (cuz we need more than one HTML5 tag reference)
- html5code.com - List of HTML tags, but not much else
- thehtml5tutorials.com - Another HTML5 tag reference site
- html-5.com - Plain, text-heavy HTML5 reference site (by Accilent Corp- consultants)
- html-5-tutorial.com - Does every consulting firm feel the need to create a HTML ref site?
- switchtohtml5.com - HTML5 "framework generator" (kinda like dynamic boilerplate)
- html5template.com - Not quite complete junk, but close. 1 template. Lots of ads.
- html5zombo.com - "Entertainment." HTML5 SVG version of Zombo.com
- html5tests.com - A site to test browser HTML5 features…test "coming soon"
- [JUNK SITE] html5sample.com - No value. Mostly ads.
- [JUNK SITE] freehtml5template.com - Free templates! But zero templates available…
The Search Technique
One of Google's little used features is the "Advanced Search" tool, which it claims is used for fewer than 5% of all searches (I now know why). One of the options provided is to specify where you want Google to look for your keywords: anywhere in the page, in the title, in the text, in links to the page, OR in the URL!
The resulting search syntax is: allinurl: html5
The "problem" is that this looks for HTML5 anywhere in the URL. I really just want to look at domains (I don't want to see all sites that have ever used HTML5 in some SEO targeted URL). Even more specifically, I'd prefer to filter-out sub-domains, too, as it turns out there are many websites today with "html5" subdomains to deliver specialized versions of their content.
So far, I haven't found an automatic way to do that kind of searching. As is, only Google and Ask.com offer "in URL" keyword search filtering; Bing and Yahoo do not. Sadly, after all of this, a regular Google search for "html5" still returned better, faster results that the "advanced" techniques.
Know a better, more complete, automatic way to do this? Let me know. Otherwise, it's a bit of a manual game after Google gives you the URLs with your keyword.