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Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:09 AM
Probably worth mentioning that in previous reviews the old colour scheme came in for some stick so I've tried to calm it down a bit. I've also changed the menu and have tried to make the call to actions stronger. I am not strong on the graphical design side of things so your thoughts would be appreciated... I know this is an primarily an SEO forum, but I have had great advice here before and I feel its advice I can trust so I keep coming back!
Under Construction - Only about 5 pages at present.
Site live for little over a year - this is a redesign
Yes mainly through recip linking
What keywords are you targeting?
Conservatory Dining Furniture, Rattan Dining Furniture, Cane Dining Furniture etc
Do you want your code reviewed for errors or improvements?
Conservatory owners first and foremost - well off, generally the older customer, most often its the female that will deal with us.
Why is your site different from sites selling/offering similar info/goods/services? Why will someone want to do business you?
Main selling points are high quality product, very competetive pricing, seasonasl offer, low risk buying (no deposits etc), showroms around the UK.
How important is usability?
What is the purpose of the site? (inform, sell, online community, support B&M business, contact info only, etc)
Lead generation and providing information
Do you want design suggestions?
Yes Please! Any SEO comments very welcome but I'm after this review mainly from a design pov.
Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!
Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:22 AM
left top: your logo (and the normal stuff below that, with the 6 links etc), but to the right it is blank, there is nothing. I think that what you wanted to show here has moved down on my page.
Or to say it differently: if you imagine having 4 blocks at the top: 2 x 2: left top is filled and bottom right is filled. The other blocks are white space
no idea if this has to do with FF though
Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:23 AM
I would change the navigation style though. It's great as is, but the...underline...remove that you don't need it. the bg hover color is more than enough.
I also don't like the color you've used for the menu text too (#6666FF) it's too, linky you know? Try going with a (#AC9DA4) or a (#855C7E)..I would also lose the italic.
Overall it's a great improvement ;)
Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:28 AM
Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:44 AM
I think you've done an excellent job. The only tiny nitpicky thing would be to take some of the "shine" of the purple ball graphic as it makes your special deal a little hard to read.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:55 AM
That's the old site you're looking at btw Scottie, new one doesn't have those weird looking balls anymore :P
Posted 15 April 2008 - 10:05 AM
I think you must have been looking at the old version of the site based on your comments about the shine on the purple graphics. They do not feature in the new version, but thanks for the comment!
Posted 15 April 2008 - 10:07 AM
Ahh you beat me to it!
...and they weren't that wierd were they !?
(Okay maybe they were)
Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:08 PM
Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:32 AM
Also...your design has to be more professional if you want to rock..
Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:18 PM
It does sound a little "off", at least to the American ear. But maybe that's not an issue for you. Have you thought about "Can't get any better!" instead?
Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:15 AM
Matei - Thanks for that. Could you let me know if there is anything specific that you think would help; colours, layout, fonts etc?
Where am I going wrong?
Redsonia - lol you're not the first person to say that but its out of my control I'm afraid. The slogan already existed against another brand upon which this one was based so I can't really change it. Thanks for the suggestion though!
Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:48 PM
One thing I think that would definitely help is to shorten up the height of the header after the jump from first page. The visitor has already seen that and it's taking up a lot of screen real estate that could be used more effectively towards displaying information to convert. Perhaps try making it shorter and making use of a horizontal nav after the first page jump. It just seems like that's a lot of screen to waste on the same rotation over and over.
There's also a graphic image that says "View the Offer Info" -maybe consider making this stick out more somehow and rewriting it to something more attention-grabbing.
Aside from those design elements I think the site does great at laying out the information and makes good use of the maps. Good to hear it's going up in the SERP's, definitely need to work on those conversions!
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