I used to use the design of a site as a quick measure for how mature the site was. For a variety of reasons: improving tutorials, better tools, resources like bootstrap, this is no longer the case. I’m pretty happy with the design of this site, and Allison (not a designer) did it in just a few hours.
These are things I note while gauging site maturity:
- Can I reset my password?
- Am I forwarded to the requested page after being bounced to a log in page?
- Are emails sent in multipart/mime format with an effective HTML and plain-text version?
- Is the URL system consistent and meaningful?
None of these elements tend to be priorities while a site is being developed, but they pull at developers to be fixed over time. The more of these things a site has, the longer I tend to believe it’s been around.
What do you look at?