Critique design business website

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  1. sun25 macrumors newbie

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    If anyone has some free time and would like to provide some feedback on my website that would be great. It is located at http://www.diwebsites.com I am also interested in you suggestions for potential tutorials. Thanks you your time and efforts!
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    A few notes (this is in no way a comprehensive list, just stuff I noticed):

    1. "Tutorials" is misspelled on the home page.
    2. Consistency of "e-mail" vs. "email" throughout the site.
    3. On the Packages page, fonts are inconsistently applied throughout the table.
    4. Inconsistent application of fonts in footer at bottom of pages (Farmington, Manchester, etc.).
    5. "Eamil" on FAQ page.

    The design is pretty clean... no real complaints there. Pretty good site!
     
  3. sun25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback. I have update the site to correct these bugs.
     
  4. clayj macrumors 604

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    Issues #3 and #4 are still there, even after I refresh the pages... the font issue in the table on the Packages page begins with the "Images" row and proceeds down from there... in my Safari, the rows above are formatted with a serif font, and the rows below are formatted with a sans serif (or unassigned) font.
     
  5. sun25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The text size differences in the packages table are intentional as to provide the basic information on top in larger text and then cover the details in the smaller text below
     
  6. clayj macrumors 604

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    No, that's not it. What I'm referring to is that in the "Images" row, you stop using 'class="r1"' in your tags, and as a result the default font is being used (in my case, that's Futura, so it's noticeable).
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    <Honesty ='on' level='brutal'>
    Here goes -- please, take these as constructive that will help you to arrive at an excellent end product.

    I strongly suggest employing a professional writer to edit the language and make it more powerful. The front page selling bullets are somewhat weak and generic.

    On the "packages page" fonts within the table are still inconsistent.

    I can't make sense of the FAQ item that says it is $111 a year for "fantastic" while packages says $120/year + $15/year for the domain.

    The FAQ says hosting is included in the upfront charge for the first year - that doesn't square with the way the Packages page says it "$399 plus $10 per month, domain free the first year". Confusing.

    The Portfolio samles should open in a new window, so you are not sending the viewer out of your site. They would be much more powerful with actual testimonials from the clients, and a short rationale on how your design solved a particular business requirement.

    FAQ: "Can I update the website myself" A: "Yes, if you know how"
    Oooh, wrong answer. :eek:
    That's an open invitation to the customers to bork their site by fooling around in it. Guess who they will blame? Guess who will have to fix it for free?

    Remember, on the front page you promised that they didn't have to 'know' the Internet. Them as soon as they have a site, the FAQ says they have to know HTML?

    Be honest: a business site that is not kept RIGHT up to date loses credibility fast. Your customers NEED a solution for updating - and you are selling to customers who aren't capable of doing it themselves. You need to offer them a choice of update package Options: Something like

    1) Contracted Professional Maintenance: You want to concentrate your time doing what you do best - our professionals will handle updates to your site for $50 per month from your faxed or emailed information - (includes up to 1.5 hours of updates, extra time and special projects available at our standard consulting rates). For an additional $xx per month we'll monitor your search engine positions, compile your statistics, and send you a monthly report with recommendations.

    2) Text Editing: We will build a site with the areas you want to update (such as Upcoming Events, News Releases, Specials and Promotions) in Server Side Include files, and show you how to update those easily in a word processor with a minimum amount of training, while safeguarding the integrity of your site

    3) In House Control Package: We'll provide Macromedia Contribute software and structure your pages with templates, so that you can add pages, graphics and links, and make unlimited changes to specific areas of your site from your own office, for only $400 (software and onsite training included)


    Visually:

    your dwebsites.com site just doesn't hang together for me visually -- a lot of the alignment is, well, un-aligned, the relative sizes of the type in headlines and graphics and body don't gel (and 15pt and 13pt are awkward sizes anyway), the headlines and the "Your Web site design specialists" are off-center, the yellow swoosh doesn't have a consistent smooth curve, mixing serif and sans-serif willy nilly is... the choice to center the sidebar links is... gosh I don't know. You're selling design. Your own design HAS to deliver a professional image, visually.

    Spend some money and get a professional graphic designer to help you tighten up your visual look and standards. They don't have to do the whole site for you, just outline color, type and layout standards that you can use to construct the site with.

    Whew.

    There's a lot to work on, but I am sure you'll come up with an excellent site.
     
  8. sun25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Times New Roman Defined

    My test machines use Times New Roman as the default font. I specifically defined the font in the code so this should take care of the problem.
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    You're almost there... the problem now exists only in the "Images" row.
     
  10. sun25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok, thanks for the feedback
     
  11. clayj macrumors 604

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    Not quite there. Try this: Set your Standard font in Safari to something completely different-looking, and then view the page again. You'll see that several places in the table and elsewhere in the page are using the wrong font... you're not seeing it because your Standard font is the same font you're trying to use in the table. This is why it's a good reason, if you're a web designer, to use an uncommon font for your Standard font, so that you can more easily see when text is not formatted correctly.
     
  12. sun25 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestion
     
  13. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    yep, you need a graphic designer. your images look 'cheap', and the page doesn't feel balanced. you should get together with a graphic designer who has done corporate branding work before. tell him/her your ideas of the image of the company and graphic ideas you would like to protray, and they can take it from there. however, i imagine most your business comes from people who have little idea about computers or design.

    which kind of person would here this person: http://www.morfiadesign.com/

    and which kind of person would hire this person to do their site: http://www.computer-rx.biz/products.htm

    my point is your image should towards your target audience.
     

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