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    rustyhands
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    Just launched our new website would invite some opinions of it :) The link is in the signature. cant wait to her back :)

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    Hi

    I think the site looks professional and tells you immediately what you are offering which is great. The navigation is nice and prominent to encourage people to look around the site, although I would consider making the black space below the navigation much smaller though as it pushes your text further down the page than is necessary.

    The site would benefit from having ‘calls to action’ throughout the site, so after a selling point of your business, prompt people to contact you for an appointment/ more info/ quote and link through to your contact page or repeat your contact details.

    Not sure if the white text is large enough on the black background (although this could be my new contact lenses(!) but the text isn’t as clear as it could be. You are better with a websafe font such as Arial or Verdana.

    Good Luck with the site and your business.

    Karen

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    rustyhands
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    hi karen, thanks for your opinion. Yeah looking at adding a contact button at the bottom of the pages. Looking to add some proffesional photos of the crew so should be good ;)

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    Hi Rustyhands, and welcome to the forums.

    As you’ll notice at the top of this screen, we have specific guidelines for people requesting reviews. It would help potential reviewers greatly if you could supply the following info for them to base their comments on:

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    ‘Community Reviews’: How things work around here:
    We invite you to canvas the views of the community on your OWN website, business idea, strategy or concept. If the community likes what you’re doing they’ll tell you. The opposite is also true, so be brave!

    The more effort you put into your post, the more meaningful the feedback will be. For this reason, please ‘copy and paste’ the following questions into your post, along with your responses:

    1. What needs reviewing? (i.e. logo, website, idea etc…)
    2. What does your business do?
    3. Who is your target market?
    4. What specific concerns do you have?Thanks :)
    Jayne

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    SewSpunky
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    Hi and welcome :)

    My suggestion would be to make sure you have attempted to view your site through various different browsers – particularly Internet Explorer (and versions prior to the current one).

    I found (looking through IE7) that your sentences were all broken up with extra line spacing and paragraphs in the middle of them – making it difficult to read.

    Also there was a lack of ‘closure’ at the foot of the page. A simple footer with copyright, or ABN, or even a Home button would show the reader that the page has finished loading and that is the bottom of it. :)

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    kathiemt
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    The page is too wide and people have to scroll from the left to the right and back again if they have smaller monitors. Many do so important to remember to keep it narrower for easy viewing.

    Personally I don’t like all that black but colours are a personal preference for people.

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    Quick points:

    1. As mentioned earlier, that you have put forced ‘enter’ or ‘line breaks’ in your sentences making the paragraph disjointed for people who do not have exactly the same monitor and font size settings as your self.

    2. Stick to a limited range of fonts – I was surpirsed after seeing the san-serif font in the header to see your paragraphs in a serif font (serif has the little tails and kicks)

    3. Header is great by the way, tells me visually what you specialise in

    Let me know if you want me to give you some more detailed or more critical feedback to help you get better conversions of higher search engine rankings.

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    The font you are using is not web friendly, it is very difficult to read.

    I agree with SewSpunky, You need a footer.

    I highly recommend you get rid of the visitor counter. They are not professional.

    All your paragraphs and texts are really spaced out. It’s very annoying.

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    Hi,

    I agree with FionaFell it would look cleaner if the font you used in your main website content was the same as the font used in your header and navigation.

    The header looks great! But personally I’m not a big fan of dark backgrounds and light writing – it can be difficult to read and concentrate on.

    Also on the Contact Us page there’s a spelling mistake, should read “Recommended Contractors”, and the paragraph below should read “If you’re one of the following…..)

    Other than that it looks great and easily explains exactly what you do. Good luck with the business!

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    JohnW
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    Hi Rustyhands,

    Web page size: Too large
    1024 pixels wide = 26% of web users. The single largest viewer group. Change your own display preferences and check it out.

    Background colour: The use of reversed font (Eg. white text on black background) has been shown in controlled studies to reduce the reader’s comprehension and retention. It has also been shown to be more tiring and people spend less time reading it.

    Font type: It looks like you have specified unusual font types that few people have installed on their PCs. When that happens, web pages default to display text in Times Roman. From the comments above it sounds like there are many people whose’s browsers are showing your pages in Times font.

    Page formatting: All the strange line breaks have been referenced. Switching between left and centre aligned on the same page is not usually a good design move, either.

    Now the really important stuff. The WORDS…

    It looks like you are trying to target a whole lot search words. Good on you for attempting this however your implementation has problems that you may want to redress.

    Keyword meta tag: Google does not read this tag. It is all but superseded. You may as well get rid of it or if you do retain it, implement it correctly.

    Hidden image text: You have 189 words hidden in your various header image tags. This could be considered spamming the search engines so you may want to revise these. The SEs encourage people to report SE spam and provide reporting forms. Sites have been totally removed from the SEs for infringing their anti-spam policies.

    Description meta tag: It looks like you are using the same one on each page. Don’t; use a different and relevant one for each page.

    Visible Page Words:
    Pronoun problem – Count how many times your Home page uses your company name, “we” or “our”. Compare that to its use of “you” or “your”.

    No opening “hook” to draw people into the text. “Welcome to our website” does not cut it.

    No USP – What makes your business stand out from all the rest.

    No visitor identification – Eg. What type of service I may be seeking.

    For my money, the words are the toughest part of a website. You could do with professional help here. (I can say this without bias as I am not a copywriter.)

    Hope this helps.

    Regs,

    John W

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    AnaLucia
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    I am a fan of black background, I even wanted black for my own website… however, I think you need more colour or somehow to grab more attention from your customers.. maybe the pictures to be bigger?
    Good Luck, its a lot of fun in the way to getting it better, and it is a never stopping task!!!
    Good Luck!

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    IgniteDM
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    Well Im looking at a white background so you must have implemented some changes :o)

    My thoughts on the design are that it seems to me the website needs some kind of physical frame around it… something that ties in the text area with the rest of it. Not sure how you would implement this.. or even if it would look ok. Just seems a bit lost on the page without having it defined.

    Very easy to read, navigate and work out what the site is about.

    Id also suggest that this url http://elecsmart.com.au/services-2/ become /electrical-services to match the /data-services url you have….. unless there is a reason you intentionally didnt do this?

    good luck
    Cheers
    Tara

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