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    ChicShop.com.au
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    Hi Everyone,

    Do you have any suggestions to improve our website?

    http://www.chicshop.com.au/

    Thank you.

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    LucasArthur
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    Hi {insert name here}

    If you want a review, may be best posting it in the ‘community reviews’ section of the forum which gets most of the web gurus and design specialists.. This one tends to get people wanting to know how to set up their own site, general chat about cart, themes, plug ins etc etc

    Best advice, if you want a review make sure you give the audience an overview of what you want reviewed, eg logo, cart, product info etc etc

    All the best
    Jason

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    Dave Gillen – Former FS Concierge
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    Hi ChicShop,

    This thread has now been moved to the appropriate section. Please read the guidelines at the top of this page to ensure you get the most useful feedback from our forum members.

    Dave

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    DorothyM
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    ChicShop.com.au, post: 191436 wrote:
    Hi Everyone,

    Do you have any suggestions to improve our website?

    http://www.chicshop.com.au/

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    I think it’s looking pretty good, well done. Unfortunately it runs far too slowly.

    You can’t get customers if you’re not ranking high in Google’s search results, and Google won’t feature a slow website. It’s really critical.

    I think this is a WordPress site?
    – Run the P3 plugin to see which of your plugins (or your theme) are slowing things down.
    – Use EWWW Optimizer to make sure all your images are optimized.
    – You seem to be loading a lot of stuff in the header – see if that can be avoided.
    – Run a cleanup plugin to get rid of all your old revisions and other deadwood.

    By the way, your “About Us” page isn’t about you!

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    Daniel Mitchell
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    Hi there

    I’m not your target demographic so make sure you keep that in mind when you review opinions from people. I don’t have an issue with the speed/responsiveness and it seems to work fine for me. I like that you have a theme throughout your products and it’s clear from the homepage what you have to offer. If I was interested in that sort of style I’m sure I would be convinced to look through what you were selling. I think your logo is nice, albeit simple, and fits your overall image well.

    Personally I think the site is a little mundane/generic compared to what you could have. At the end of the day it probably doesn’t matter as long as it works and your products are marketable, but for a new site I would be looking at something a bit more modern that makes you stand out. There are heaps of themes available (check out Themeforest if you haven’t already) and you might find that something a little nicer that helps you stand out from the rest.

    All the best.

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    DorothyM
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    Daniel Mitchell, post: 192383 wrote:
    I don’t have an issue with the speed/responsiveness

    Are you saying you’ve tested it and the speed meets an acceptable benchmark, or are you just going on how it loads for you? My concern about speed was how Google will see it – according to Pingdom, it loads slower than 84% of websites so that’s not a good place to be.

    Daniel Mitchell, post: 192383 wrote:
    There are heaps of themes available (check out Themeforest if you haven’t already and you might find that something a little nicer that helps you stand out from the rest.

    The trouble with Themeforest is that the quality is very variable and you’re often dealing with individuals who may not be around for the long haul. You’re also buying a pig in a poke – you can’t judge the quality until you’ve bought it.

    There are plenty of high quality, free themes on WordPress.org, and many of them have a Premium version, which means you can try them out for free and spend the money once you’re sure it’s a good theme.

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    Daniel Mitchell
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    DorothyM, post: 192385 wrote:
    Are you saying you’ve tested it and the speed meets an acceptable benchmark, or are you just going on how it loads for you? My concern about speed was how Google will see it – according to Pingdom, it loads slower than 84% of websites so that’s not a good place to be.

    The trouble with Themeforest is that the quality is very variable and you’re often dealing with individuals who may not be around for the long haul. You’re also buying a pig in a poke – you can’t judge the quality until you’ve bought it.

    There are plenty of high quality, free themes on WordPress.org, and many of them have a Premium version, which means you can try them out for free and spend the money once you’re sure it’s a good theme.

    Hi Dorothy

    I was benchmarking locally within Australia to give relevance to the customers who will be actually using the site. I would imagine that for cheap hosting they’re not making much use of CDNs to cater for international visitors which may be why your tests showed such a large number. 84% seems completely unrealistic for other ecommerce sites within Australia and testing of Dick Smith for example shows that it is even slower (not that I’m suggesting Dick Smith as a benchmark). From what I’ve seen of the relevance of page speed to the search rankings in real-world tests is very minimal and there are more important things you should focus on, but you’re definitely correct that page speed is an important factor with any site. Using the Google speed test tools should give you some quick fixes to improve the speed – https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/

    I agree that the quality of themes varies, but I don’t think it is any worse on Themeforest than other sites. I’ve purchased some fantastic themes for ~$12 and haven’t had a problem, plus they all seem to give you a live test site so you can try before you buy. The themes on wordpress.org are also a good option.

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    I was looking at this thread earlier today, and got a very quick load time off this site link.

    But I also tried Pingdom, and it wasn’t a great report. It was an OS Europe based test point though.

    Also I’m pretty sure you’ll find it’s Magento, not WP.

    The comments are relevant to anything I guess, but the offered solutions may not be.

    I’ll stay out of the design argument, but given the OP’s probable target market. I think a responsive design framework would give better results. Seems a bit remiss not giving the phone, and iPad market easy access.

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    ChicShop.com.au
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    Hi,

    Thank you everyone for your ideas and suggestions.

    DorothyM do you still find our website is slow?

    estim8 you are right. Its a Magento Store :)

    Anyone else find our website is too slow to load? this is our biggest concern now.

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    Greg_M
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    I just tried it again … cleared the cache first to get a clean result, and it loaded pretty smartly.

    The initial connection was very quick … and the rest of it was pretty good compared to most commerce sites I visit.

    I’m using a mobile 4g thingy in a fairly crappy reception area in rural Victoria … so that’s twice it’s loaded ok for me.

    Hope that helps.

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