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    ashplatz
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    Hi all,

    I’ve been a member here for a while however haven’t used the forums – just read through a few articles.

    I have started a side-project to my normal job, which is more a hobby than a business (however who knows how it’ll turn out).

    Basically, my website is http://www.onebeeraday.com.au which is a review and rate website based on beers throughout the world. I do realise the domain is .com.au however would look to buy the .com once it’s big enough/takes off in Australia.

    I have only just had it coded and updated so I know there are a few bugs which are still to be fixed, but wanted to get some feedback (good/bad/constructive) regarding the website and its features etc.

    Looking forward to any replies.
    Ash :)

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    Ready2Launch
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    Hi Ash,

    First thing if you don’t own the .com I would highly suggest you buy it ASAP, before someone else does.

    The pale blue you are using I would suggest bolder colour like orange to better work with the neutral colours you are using.

    The buy now label needs to use a better background colour, the grey is a little lost.

    I would maybe reduce the drop shadows a little from titles and images.

    The titles are done as images and for me this would be an issue for SEO reasons, the alt tags are not named very well either. So if it was me I would have my titles as text not images.

    Overall it looks pretty good and easy to use.

    I hope I did not sound harsh :)

    Regards
    Che

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    ashplatz
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    Hi Che,

    Thanks for the reply. Obviously I haven’t gone to great lengths with SEO (yet) but I note your feedback and will get onto that once I’ve got the looks of the site better.

    The buy now label is supposed to be missing – I forgot to disable it however it’s too late now hah.

    Much appreciated for the quick reply and good points.

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    Hi And Welcome to the Forums. It is great to have you!

    I agree with Che about the colours… it does look a little washed out.

    You will also need to complete the faq’s, about us etc – too much Latin for my liking:-)

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    pixelstorm
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    Hi [USER=72527]@ashplatz[/USER]

    I agree with the other comments.. Design needs some clarity – Also I think some additional copy will help the site. Especially if its a new brand.. Let people know where they are, and what is required of them..In so many words..

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    nduell
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    Hi Ash,

    I think all the comments so far have been really good.

    One point that I think should be raised is the header layout. in desktop view the “you need to be logged in” CTA and the social links buttons are too big, and they distract the one’s eye from your branding, which is starting to get a bit lost. When you look at the header in mobile view the balance wight between the elements is much better and your branding does not get lost.

    Or maybe move them to only display on the single page beer listing, (ie not home page/ directory listing page ) which is the point you want the user to take the action.

    Best of luck with the project.

    Nick

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    ashplatz
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    Thanks all for the comments & feedback. Did chuckle a bit at the “too much Latin” comment haha.

    I agree with all the ideas here – good thing about getting some honest feedback is see what your audience thinks needs changing from a UX/UI perspective and test it over and over.

    Thanks again and look forward to showing you all some updates changes.

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    benhutton
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    I agree with what has been said previously and would add the following:

    Make sure you use SSL to secure at least the wp-admin page, these days it is recommend you secure the whole site. This will prevent anyone eaves dropping on passwords plus you can use a free Let’s Encrypt certificate so there really is no reason not to anymore.

    Install a WordPress security plugin like Sucuri Security or Wordfence straight away. This will help to prevent anyone breaking into your site and causing you grief.

    Install a cache plugin to speed up load times. These will often have minify capabilities that will reduce the size of your websites code.

    Run it through google insights. I just did and it gave it a low score for speed. https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fonebeeraday.com.au&tab=mobile

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    weizhou
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    Great work Ash! The site looks great overall.

    Load speed is the biggest issue for me. Also, I think slightly bigger text size would work better.

    Keep up the good work!

    Wei

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    ashplatz
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    Thanks again all. Speed will be an issue until I actually put in cache plugins and some speed features for images and text. I wouldn’t be too concerned with it for now. I just wanted some thoughts on the design, usability etc not so much dev problems :P

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    Instagram login button doesn’t work…

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    JohnW
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    Hi Ash,
    I’ve only got questions for you to consider…

    Forgive me being blunt but there is not much space on a forum.

    Q1: Beer review websites have been around for years. Why should anyone login and submit a review to this site vs the untold numbers of other beer review sites?

    I.e. What is your unique sales proposition vs. Egs:

    • beeradvocate.com = 5.4 million pages
    • ratebeer.com = 3.5 million pages

    If you only want Aust beer site:

    • brewsnews.com.au = 3,300 pages

    Then there are the reviews on skads of general alcohol retailers like:

    • danmurphys.com.au.

    Q2: Why is the site navigation buries at the bottom of the page?
    Expect people to hit their back buttons in droves if navigation is not at the top of every page.

    Q3: Where am I when I arrive on the site?
    I gather you want people to share specific reviews on Fb. I presume that means you want them to land on a specific beer brand page. Where will they be on the site? Will you want them to look at other reviews in a specific category of beers?

    Q4: Why are people restricted to Fb, Twitter or Instagram login?
    Twitter is only used by around 12% of the web and is growth is stagnating. Instagram has marginally more subscribers but a lot will be under legal drinking age.

    That leaves Fb which is having trouble gaining traction with commercial referral likes. You may find it is nearly essential to buy Fb ads to achieve the link distribution you want.

    Q5: Where am I on your site?
    You mention SEO. If you do this right, it should mean that most of your SE referrals should land on a page other than your Home page. You need breadcrumb navigation.

    Q6: How will you make money?
    Can I suggest you need to think now about the furure of your site. How might you commercialise it? Seems to me you should be thinking of this issue right now. IMHO, if you don’t do it now and construct your site around this futire attribute, it is unlikely to ever become commercial.
    Good luck and regs,
    JohnW

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    J.Zkan
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    Hi Ash,

    Great concept!

    As others have suggested, i would secure the .com domain asap.
    Also (please don’t get it the wrong way) the light blue just doesn’t fit right.

    I am looking at your website on a 55 inc t.v and the words are extremely small compared to other sites i visit, just a thought anyway.

    All the best!

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    Natalie Khoo
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    Hi Ash! Congrats on your side venture. But because it’s new to the market, I don’t know what purpose the website has, and what it’s all about. If I were you, I’d consider writing some clear copy on the homepage above the fold to explain what it is you’re trying to achieve and what users are supposed to get out of it / interact with it. If you need a hand crafting your key selling propositions and/or how it works, let me know! Good luck with it! Cheers, Natalie

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