Dear Miss Snark---
First there was the Stone Age, followed by miscellaneous other Ages, and now presto! It's the Internet Age. Does everyone in publishing not know this? Why do some agents not have websites? Are they lost in the Bronze Age or what?
And why do some agents with websites feature nothing but themselves? Like big pictures of their chubby face, some dry dull long bio of themselves, a list of their appearances, a pitch for their books? And nothing about their authors' books. I see that, I cross their name off my list. These are either scammers or marketing idiots. (err...)
Then there are the unbridled control freaks. There's one guy who requests a list of everyone you've ever subbed to and what they said. He must be kidding, right? Or stark raving wacko. Does he require knowledge of all my blind dates, too? It's a beautiful thing that he has a chance to manifest his inappropriateness from the outset, so the author doesn't get a rude surprise after signing.
Another website I found the agents were dead, died of old age years ago. Looks like the administrative assistant keeps it going, somehow. To cash royalty checks on the backlist, I guess.
Then there are a couple of agencies that list publishers as their clients. Not authors. What's the deal, there? (publishers have agents too; what, you didn't know everything?) They're skulking around on lists of literary agents for authors. But this would be like hiring an attorney to defend you from his other client, a big multinational corporation. Guess who loses? Another place turned out to be a film production company. (what list are you looking at anyway?)
I'm not planning to sub to anyone who doesn't have a competent website featuring the usual relevant info plus lots of pictures of books that I suddenly want to go buy and read. Is there some reason that'd be a mistake?
You want an agent who knows how to sell your books and negotiate a good deal for you, and keep you published for years to come. None of those have anything to do with how to build or maintain a website. It's like picking a spouse based on his appearance. How you look has very little to do with how you act.
You are free of coure to make submissions to any agency using any criteria you want.
I know I won't be hearing from you again.