Flash seems to be a disease lately, infecting websites and making them un-iPad friendly. McDonalds is the latest website to go for the flash makeover and while it has worked to some extent, it has made things a bit more confusing. I find the new layout a bit all over the place; hovering over the various food items in the main page menu just makes them bounce around uncontrollably. It doesn't look too good quite frankly. The site has however kept it's old food menu's at the left hand side, and they display helpful information about their food products. They do like to boast about their 100% British Beef, and rightly so after the horsemeat scandal, it's good to know these guys are unaffected. (The use their own abattoirs) The website does give a lot of information that you can't normally find in the stores. Sometimes their leaflets about what's in each wrap of the day are not available, but online you can simply print this information out. They have their nutritional information guide on here too. I personally find this more helpful than their in store advertising about healthy eating, as the website explains what calories are, how to burn them etc. Simple information but interesting to read. The website does have a nutrition calculator rather than a nutrition table or board like they do in store. Note that the calories for men and women are different so bear this in mind.There are some helpful pages on the locations of stores and their contact details (including times to contact them by phone) but to find the numbers for exact stores you need to click on store locator to find their details. Sometimes these are not 100% accurate, and address locations are approximate when entered into a sat nav. I have never experienced downtime with the McDonalds website, but their McDonalds monopoly offshoot website last year did crash, and this was simply due to a high volume of traffic. Browsing the website is fast and glitch free. I have yet to find a typo or a glitch in the site, and most pages load with ease. Servers aren't running on empty at peak times and their site isn't the victim of DDoS attacks or any denial of service issues for that matter. Overall a great website with much more information than the in-store informational material. I recommend giving their site a quick read if you're interested in what you're eating, and the store locator is a very easy to use feature.
McDonalds has been around FOREVER (well- it seems like it!) I am 30 years old and remember when I was young a meal from McDonalds was a treat, nowadays maybe because I'm older it seems much less of a treat and leaning more towards being a waste of money! I think the value of food from this restaurant is not great- for your money you don;t get a great deal of food and it doesn't seem to be of the highest quality. Granted- sometimes a McDonalds cheeseburger or Big Mac is delicious and really fills a hole but sometimes it also can leave you feeling like you just wasted the best part of £3. It seems to me that the place has what can only be described as 'off days' when the staff feel tired or grumpy and literally throw your burger together just out of view. The adverts on tv are absolutely and totally mis-leading as not once have I ever had ffod from McDonalds that resembles the pictures I'm shown in the ad. Disappointing when you look forward to a little midweek treat and you waste £4-5 on a meal only to get served soggy unsalted fries, a 'big' Mac with limp lettuce and lukewarm burgers served with a flat coke minus the ice. Hit and miss.
McDonalds.co.uk is the official website for the American hamburger franchise "McDonald's". It serves as an area to market current and upcoming products. The website was first launched in April 2000 and has proven to be an average resource for the company. Alexa traffic research ranks the website as being the 2743rd most accessed site in the United Kingdom. I admit to being a victim of my own vices and indulge in a McDonald's value meal from time to time. With health consciousness on the rise in Britain, the restaurant has been at the core of the dieter's fury and has been branded as unhealthy by many. While there's no dispute that McDonald's meals are choked full of excessive calories, I had no idea until the website informed me that I was "only" putting away 900 calories per serving. I've sure done a lot worse around the house. The website seems to strike me as a platform for discovering nutritional content of the food served up and lures the customer further by displaying large, bright images of the hamburgers on offer. The website keeps with the British image of McDonald's by featuring a light brown background accented by white information panels, coloured titles and white text. I find this display to be easy to read and have had no problems with gathering information from it. The font size is larger than a standard document which doesn't challenge my eyesight when navigating through the various sites within the domain. At the top of the page is a menu which accesses the main parts of the website. The menu options include "Food" (nutritional information), "Restaurants" (locater and facilities offered), "Our World" (McDonald's contribution to various projects), "Sport" (Again, the restaurant's involvement with projects outside of the franchise), "About Us" (contact details and other miscellaneous information) and "Careers" (job search). Each functions as a drop menu when clicked to feature relevant links and images pertaining to the content revealed. McDonalds.co.uk is easy to navigate and I have experienced no issues with broken links or incorrect information being displayed. The food section allows the user to sift through popular McDonald's products and read through a FAQ section of answers related to the products. Most questions relate to the caloric values of the hamburgers but some also deal with the myth that McDonald's products are not genuine beef. The section is generally informative albeit slightly aloof in terms of the finer details. I would like to have known the caloric intake of each product in a value meal but instead was told that the combined values meet 900. The website boasts longer load times. To load the "food" section of the website, I was met with a six second wait when using a broadband connection. I believe this is due to the numerous graphical implements which are presented to the user on any given page. While the images do provide some usefulness to the experience of using the website, they do add up in seconds terms of waiting for content to load. I don't find this wait to be particularly off-putting but it is an issue in my mind while browsing around. Overall, McDonalds.co.uk meets what I expected it to be. It is primarily a promotional platform for their products but I was able to pick up a few good tips along the way. I would recommend it to those seeking further information on the restaurant.
I think that the McDonald's website is such a great way of finding out so much information about the food at McDonald's and McDonald's itself. You can look up nutritional information about all the different types of food that McDonald's has to offer. I understand that McDonald's has a bad reputation when it comes to what ingredients goes into there food but at least now we can find out exactly what is in the food we eat and abolish those nasty rumors. McDonald's have been working hard over the years to cut out artificial colourings and flavours in their food to make them so much more healthier. But come on, how healthier do you expect a Big Mac can get? Also, there is a section dedicated to the charities that McDonald's supports and funds. The careers part is almost extremely useful as it is a good way to find out if there are any jobs going in your local McDonald's, and in this day in age with the credit crunch and all, finding a job can be difficult. Overall, I find that McDonald's website is a great source of information on the food there and McDonald's itself.
The McDonalds.co.uk website is run by McDonalds who of course are the Worldwide fast food chain. When the website loads up there are a few different screens and currently you can find visit the following areas: Monopoly Game - Here you can find out the odds, prizes etc of the Monopoly game which is currently running at all McDonalds stores. Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry - This is the latest limited edition McFlurry and is only on sale for a short time. The M from McDonalds - This is the latest new item on the menu at McDonalds, it's a beef burger and looks a little posher than their normal food. Our Food - Here you can find out where their food is produced from and miscellaneous information about it. There is a section on Earth hour (which has actually passed two days ago), information on Endangered Animals which is helped by each Happy Meal sold, and there is also a section to see all nutritional information in McDonalds food. The site also has a restaurant locator (clue is in the name!), information on their environmental policies, their community support shield (sports related area), contact information for McDonalds & careers at McDonalds. The site is pretty fast to load, it has bright, pretty colours but it does need a little bit of an update. The fact that it still shows about doing your part for Earth Hour (two days ago) makes me wonder how up to date the contact information and the careers are. The site is very easy to navigate, it does contact a lot of nutritional information & information on where the food most of us eat from time to time is sourced from. Overall I will give the website 4/5, I would give it 5/5 but there is some out of date information displayed. This is definitely a good source of information relating to McDonalds and worth a visit from time to time.
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I'M LOVIN' IT You would have to have incredibly small ears if you had never heard of the giant fast food chain that is McDonalds, and just with everything in this day and age the brand does have an accompanying website at McDonalds.co.uk. 'Super Size Me' was a 2004 feature length documentary that hit the big screen to highlight the affects on a mans health who ate nothing but McDonalds food, and said yes at every opportunity he was presented to upgrade his order to supersize. This was one of the many factors that saw the brand come under scrutiny for being an unhealthy option, not to mention the growing obesity problem that is now presenting itself worldwide. With this McDonalds launched a selection of more healthy, and that is the main focus of the website. Naturally it would be incorrect to consider the site as an online shop, as McDonalds offer no sort of delivery service that would work in favour of all those that despise the brand, could you imagine the fuss if they were to begin telling people to have fatty foods delivered to them like a pizza company rather than to get up and walk into their local chain? There are many holes in the idea of delivery fastfood, with people who are scared of their appearance after eating this food just sitting at home and dialing for deliveries, to mention just one. Instead the McDonalds website works more as a hub for information on the brand, including the ever changing list of latest products. The site also comes in both flash and simple formats, therefore you should be able to find the style that suits your computer best. BA DA BA BA BAA Introducing you to the website is the familiar jingle of the brand, that Justin Timberlake was a huge part promoting it back in 2003. Other celebrities that have associated themselves with the brand include Venus Williams and Destiny's Child, to further give the impression that the food sold there is suitable for athletic, gorgeous people. These celebrities have not actually been used to eat the products in commercials, and rather that comes down to the more everyday individual. Whilst the irritating alternate beat of music plays over the website, you do have the option of turning this off. There has been a long time calling about getting the advertising for fast food away from young, impressionable children and this pull the brand seems to have towards children has been there for everyone to see in physical images such as Ronald McDonald and the often Disney-related toys given away in 'happy meals'. This audiance where children see McDonalds as a treat means they even get their own dedicated area on the website, known as 'Kid Zone'. I can't remember how many times as a youngster I must have begged my parents for a McDonalds or Burger King, which is funny now considering I could get one just by driving two minutes up the road. Before you can enter the fun-filled 'Kid Zone' you are presented with a message that if you are under the age of 16 you should consult with an adult whether or not you are allowed in, what are they hiding in here - porn? The area actually conseals advertising for their 'happy meal' product, including the latest toy you can get inside. 'Kid Zone' also includes online games that are all very simple, pictures to print off and paint as well as advertising for birthday parties at McDonalds. Back to the front of the site you have the latest of whats on offer on that ever changing menu I mentioned earlier. Right now their key advertising campaign is going into these deluxe sandwiches with bacon, either beef or chicken, offering a slightly more healthy option at a hiked up price as it comes in a square powdered roll. As a side order you are also encouraged to try their onion dippers with sour cream and chive dip, whilst being reminded that this is limited edition so get it whilst you can. To complete their front page in the world that revolves around food you have the latest of the McFlurry series, with the returning creme egg ice cream that will fit in just right around this time of year in the build-up to Easter. As with instore, all the pictures on the site are made to make things look as appealing as possible, whereas when you get them instore you may forget what you ordered. LET'S GET PHYSICAL One of the first links you may come across on their site is for the toasted deli sandwiches, which are another supposedly healthy alternative and are becoming as key to the McDonalds brand as say the Big Mac and fries. For those who haven't dared to attempt to order one of their new deli sandwiches, this area of the site is designed to make it easier for you to decide what to order, showing you all the ways you can customise your deli. Sure, it's not quite Subway but the brand is definitly trying to head that way by introducing their own 'deli of the day'. Eat Smart is a section dedicated not to eating smart as you may think, but pretty much their whole menu. Whilst the first couple of links inside will introduce you to their salads and bottled water (is that really smart after recent news reports?), it's not long before you're hearing all about their breakfast options in the double sausage and egg McMuffin. This section also includes details on credit cards accepted instore, their ingrediants and where they're from, as well as an interesting nutrition counter feature that allows you to see the breakdown of what you might want to order. For the sakes of experimenting with this feature I decided to put in a 'small' order of a double cheeseburger, large french fries, a medium CocaCola and one of those new creme egg McFlurry's for dessert. Totalling; Energy 1,455 Kcals Protein 40g Carbohydrates 192g of which sugars 111g Fat 58g of which saturated 21g Fibre 11g Salt 3.3g Unsurprisingly, the next feature on the site is all about being active, and documents the brands involvement in sponsoring sporting events as well as encouraging other young people to take part. What's On shows you all the latest offers, and I would like to mention that this 'Mix n Muddle' has caught my eye that includes ice cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles for you to mix together.. I think it's for kids though. Darn. 'Good Works' shows employees of the brand doing dirty work in their kitchen uniform for all to see, including clearing out a mucky river. Lets just say I hope they changed before they went back to work. The final two areas of the website include facilities to contact McDonalds as well as details on the Careers they offer. Whilst I am not one to judge people working in McD's after my stint as a burger boy in BK, it's interesting to see how they encourage people to come to them seeking employment with slogans such as, "Would you like a career with that?" and "McCompany Car." Most visibly is the slogan, "Not bad for a McJob," strange considering McJob has been a buzz word for low-paid, unskilled work with few prospects. All in all McDonalds.co.uk does what it should, and gives people a reminder of what they might want to order before they actually walk into one of their high street chains, stop-offs at service stations, or where ever they maybe located. Whilst it does feel as though McDonalds do not take their important role in keeping people from becoming obese seriously, it cannot be denied that they are doing their part with the website with the amount of features that warn you about what you should and shouldn't order. The only problem is, McDonalds should be offering their more suitable products at a lower price and consider putting the price of their more fatty products up. Or would that be exploiting fat people? One things for sure, with a revenue in the vicinity of way over 20 billion, you would not be expecting their business plan to change anytime soon.