In this article we use the Abstraction Layer Model (ALM) and the related storyboarding language SiteLang to analyse eight Web Information Systems (five banks, two newspapers, one university). We show that ALM and SiteLang are adequate for determining the storyboard behind these WIS, their goals, personalisation and communication aspects, their navigation structure, and the degree of contextual information. With respect to these features we report our findings for the eight selected sites.