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Critique my website

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by cappablanca, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. cappablanca

    cappablanca Newbie

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    So after much toil and sweat I have got my website up and running. It's a website design service and I need to know of any problems. I've already put it through a spell checker and gone over it countless times. It literally went online today

    Now I need some bright sparks from BHW to have a look over it with some fresh eyes and give me

    1. Areas for improvement
    2. Errors
    3. General thoughts and feelings about it.

    You can find my site at:

    delcondesigns with the normal ending

    oh sorry mods for putting a url but I think it is obvious I'm not spamming. The website went live today and I need some genuine advice
     
  2. tshin810

    tshin810 Junior Member

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    You can
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     the link.
     
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  3. cappablanca

    cappablanca Newbie

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    It won't let me as it says I'm too new of a member and urges me to donate...

    Did you check it out though? What did you think?
     
  4. advsign

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    I liked it, pretty nice and clean. I expected an adsense site and I was surprised.
    B.T.W. I have about 20 sites that I need done free with my adsense code...... (LoL)
     
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  5. olimix

    olimix Regular Member

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    really nice website .
    The only thing i had to say , is that sliders images are not really related to design .
    I would place some screenshots from portfolio at this emplacement
     
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  6. nossie

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    The design looks nice :)

    Now its time for you to make the site convert visitors into sales and SEO the site properly.
     
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  7. JohnsonDaniel

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    I actually think it looks nice and clean, and I do think the slider images relate to the service.

    Things which need improvement:

    Get yourself a proofreader - you said you had re-read a number of times to make corrections, yet I still picked up a few errors. Sometimes, when proof-reading yourself, you reach a plateau of error-blindness, and you no longer see small errors.

    I was unable to load from the Portfolio - it "could" be my connection, but it needs checking.

    Good luck, looks like a nice service :)
     
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  8. cappablanca

    cappablanca Newbie

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    Thanks for the info, same for everyone and I am going to put in all your suggestions.

    However, what do you mean by this? Do you have any tips to get some really good images, like particular underground websites?

    Also Nossie, what SEo method would be the most cost effective?
     
  9. tshin810

    tshin810 Junior Member

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    The site design is clean and need. Perhaps the font size is a little bit smaller especially for those who use HD monitor.
     
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  10. CourageTheCowardlyDo

    CourageTheCowardlyDo Newbie

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    Great site!
    However, I am almost sure I've seen a similar design on ThemeForest.

    Maybe if I can remember the name I will post the URL here.

    Anyway, good job!

    And yes, "corporate" looking people shaking hands have absolutely nothing to do with what you're offering on your site. :rolleyes:
     
  11. SweTech

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  12. mrdexter

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    Page speed 55/100 according to page speed analyser for firebug the firefox addon.
    Some simple fixes to get that up towards 80/100.

    As JohnsonDaniel said still typos in the copy.

    Cosmic Eden as mentioned in your portfolio doesn't exist.

    Apart from those very minor points the template is clean, and it's a great start. Good luck.

    edit: add a favicon too :)
     
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  13. softwareprogram

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    neat and nice .. I would suggest you to add up some colors at the bottom of the page :) somewhere so the site looks like a busy site .. also the fonts needs to be a bit bigger :)
     
  14. nethead01

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    clean looking site.. but not creative. it looks like a template. honestly it looks boring to me. also free designs? are you kidding? people that are looking for website do not mind paying money for it so charge them and don't cut yourself short. i also think you need to add some color to your design but again it is clean how it is and some people prefer it that way just not me.

    thats just my honest opinion i think it need creativity but.. you know the company triad123? they have a plain boring site yet they make some mad killer sales so its really whatever works for you. you can check out my site im also web designer worldwebguys dot com
     
  15. ``Yousef

    ``Yousef Power Member

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    I'd seriously consider migrating from flash, as it's pretty old technology, and if you read any web designer/developer blogs you'll barely ever find topics centered around flash (in other words not many web designers/developers still utilize flash, even for animation these days where a considerable amount of animation is available with jQuery/CSS3).

    Your website is a little too corporate in my opinion. It's nice to see professionalism, but with a tone of personality, which your site doesn't have. nclud is a fairly well known web design agency, and even though they're an agency and not a freelancer, their website still has a tone of personality to it. 45royale is a two man outfit I believe, and just look at the level of personality and uniqueness their site has.

    On your contact form, for the sake of not fucking up the layout if someone decides to re-size the textarea, please add "resize: vertical;" so that it only re-sizes vertically.

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    From a commerce point of view,

    "Sometimes you just need to call in the pro's and that's where we come in. Each site is cost adjusted and we already have some of the lowest prices. Get 20+ pages for £150.00".

    How on earth do you expect to make a considerable profit when you're charging £150.00 for 20 pages?

    And free web design? Are you kidding me? Giving away a free website is definitely not worth the prospects of a recommendation of a business owner to his friends. Not to mention, any business with a considerable amount of rep to throw around on your behalf, wouldn't really be inclined to have a website designed for them free of charge, as free of charge goes hand-in-hand with sloppy and poor skills.

    There's a good article I once read on the concept of higher pricing bringing in clients and more revenue, with the line of thought being that the higher the price the better the quality, especially to offline clients who have high end service industry businesses and know little or nothing about web design. If I find it I'll PM it to you.

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    Having a look over your source-code I'm starting to see comment tags such as "<!-- Your Logo Goes Here -->" which leads me to assume that this is a template that you're editing, especially when taken in conjunction with the lack of actual websites in your portfolio?

    On a real, how do you expect to offer up web design services, when you can't even create a custom website from scratch?
     
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  16. agente808

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    You have to add a privacy policy and a site map

    You need a call to action on the front page (that's what you should be using that rotator for) I see the front page and there's nothing that *makes* me want to click in farther...

    I also agree that the *free* service, if you are not getting at least a hosting client out of it, is just a mistake.
     
  17. samlim

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    Is this build on hard coding or WP ??

    i thought it look very clean and i am actually doing something like this too
    even the free website

    strange coincidence
     
  18. plut0

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    hmm.. unfortunately doesn't impress me so much.
    xhtml validator:
    HTML:
    http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fdelcondesigns.com%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0
    css validator:
    HTML:
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fdelcondesigns.com%2F&profile=css21&usermedium=all&warning=1&vextwarning=&lang=en
     
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  19. ContentMachine

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    Looks pretty good! I would change the slider images though

    Daria
     
  20. cappablanca

    cappablanca Newbie

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    what does all that mean?