My neck is out. Start Chopping.

JustJohnJustJohn Posts: 1subscriber
edited January 2008 in Website Critique

I would also like my site picked apart. Any in put would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

John


www.aboutgarages.com

Comments

  • vwebworldvwebworld Posts: 40subscriber
    The file size of your images/photos is way too large. This can delay the loading of your site and turn people away.
     
    For example the image on the home page is over 2million bytes
    vwebworld1/29/2008 1:48 PM
  • JustJohnJustJohn Posts: 1subscriber
    Thanks
    I just reduced it to 180K.
    John
  • WeblineWebline Posts: 13subscriber
    As Roland said, recheck all of your image sizes; your DIY page takes forever to load on DSL.I think you provide a lot of good content, but your layout isn`t overly appealing; it doesn`t catch your eye or stand out to be memorable for what you`re selling. To me, it almost seems too soft of a look for the product, if that makes sense. Garages and their contents kind of bring to mind "manly", "mechanical" stuff, but it doesn`t really reflect that here. Just my opinion, and not trying to be stereotypical or anything.You have some dead links / non-existant pages. You need unique page titles and descriptions for every page. You have a huge amount of javascript in your pages that should be imported if possible from a separate page.
  • VideographyVideography Posts: 6subscriber
    I don`t like the full-page text.  Also, the font is too large, burgundy over pink is a strange choice of colors.  There`s nothing on the home page that compels me to look further into the site.
    Your text is far too passive.  Never say "if you want...".  Assume the sale is a done deal and start closing: "Buy your quality cabinets here and now."  The only time you should use "if" is when you are offering payment options.
    Just a personal gripe, but I think that the rollover big images to be unprofessional.  I much prefer a simple "click here for a larger image" button.
    As a photographer, your images aren`t showing your product at their best.  They are not well staged and show as much mess in the garage as they do the cabinets.
    Somehow, I keep getting back to those colors.  Yuk. 
    Finally, what makes your cabinets any different from what I can buy at Ikea or Home Depot??  in other words, why should I buy from you? 
  • JustJohnJustJohn Posts: 1subscriber
    Wow
    Good feedback. Keep it coming. I see I need to rethink a bunch of stuff.
    Thanks.
    John
  • vwebworldvwebworld Posts: 40subscriber

    ThanksI just reduced it to 180K.John  180K is still too big.  Try to keep image file size below 60K.That should not be a problem for an image twith the dimensions of the one on your home page. Check your menu links - accessories link url is incorrect. You might compare your site to the other top sites for garage cabinets:  ~Rolandvwebworld1/29/2008 8:01 PM
  • DaleKingDaleKing Posts: 141subscriber
    John, I echo what everyone else is saying about you site. The layout is very unappealing. In fact, I think that you should start from scratch and build a whole new site. Your current site leaves a lot to be desired.
     
    Dale King
    DKing1/30/2008 10:57 AM
  • MrbusinessMrbusiness Posts: 8subscriber
    Ia agree the page needs to be re sized.  IF you are selling something.  You need to let the user know. I didn`t really understand what the pages was for about 30 seconds.  Which is a long time as a surfer
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