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Home -N- Linens Site Review – Fix The Errors


My initial impressions were good, until I realised my eyes weren’t going blurry – it was the graphics…

Home -N- Linens Site Review

The deadline for reviews of the Home -N- Linens site has passed, and it’s time to take a look at the results. Here’s what DevWebPro readers had to say about the Home -N- Linens site.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – Misleading Elements

Here are my impressions that came from first glance and more thorough looking through. If my thoughts can help in improving the site I shall be happy.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – Short Comments

Not everyone writes a long review – here are the short comments from the Home -N- Linens site review.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – Pay Attention To Details

Load – Server load time at 4pm is slow; I would hate to test the site during prime time.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – Needs A LIttle Tweaking

The home page looks well laid out and clear, the only thing I would pick up on is that the *sale* is on the right hand side and not differentiated from the other links. Perhaps move it more centrally and make it in red.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – Branding Confusion

Home-n-Linens is a very nice example of a database-driven web application. The designers have also loaded it with a lot of “extras” which should add value to the site, and give prospective buyers a reason to return. The dual photos of the tablecloths (larger view and full view) were thoughtfully provided and nicely executed.

Home -N- Linens Site Review – A Good Beginning

First thing noticed about your site was a large area of “white space” to the right of the home page.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Busy Pages!

What busy pages!!! SandiT’s site (once I got past the first screen view) had loads to see on it. I also love T’s so “I’ll be back”… The biggest thing I saw about the site is that it is unclear whether it is a commercial or personal site. I couldn’t decide if the point was to buy something or vote for the site. I recommend that those personal site attributes be put on a linked site.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review

Sandi’s site (http://www.sandists.com) is in trouble. Originally designed by a friend who unfortunately passed away soon afterward, Sandi’s site has neglected to bring in more than a handful of sales over the course of a few years. What can she do to improve her site? I asked you, the DevWebPro readers, and these are the ideas you offered.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Let’s Go Shopping!

Sandi : What’s in your store window today? Thinking through, a bit of research, and common sense will go a long way toward helping you sell more T’s. So, let’s go shopping.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Use Real Estate Wisely

A user’s first impression of a webpage is based on what’s visible in the first screen, which sounds self-evident but it’s amazing how often a designer overlooks the first screen. While the designer knows what else is waiting to be scrolled to, if what I see on that first screen isn’t inspiring, I’ll click “Back” rather than bother scrolling down. If I were looking to buy handcrafted items, I would want to see some samples of those items on the first screen. Sandi’s T’s site, while offering a very unique product, does not maximize the screen real estate on any of the site’s pages.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Better Product Photos

I have three suggestions that may encourage more sales activity on your Web site.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Make it Easier to Order

Well where to start really, I’m afraid to say it but the home page looks very much like someone on Geocities who has just finished their first home page. It’s undesigned, has too many gizmos at the bottom, no graphical impact, no proper navigation. This leaves me very confused – is this a hobby or a business?

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Understand Your Customers

Sandi’s T’s at http://sandists.ecorp.net
First ask:
–Who is the target customer?
–What do they need?
–What motivates them to buy?
–What makes them want to come back?
–What is the most important thing they need to do on each page of your site?
–What is your most popular set of products?

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Tweak Graphics, Navigation

First impression – I like the site. It’s “perky”, pleasant and has a lot of information about the products.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Short Comments

Some say it in a page, others say it in a few sentences. Here are the short comments from readers who reviewed the site http://www.sandists.com.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Some Basic Suggestions

I have the following suggestions for Sandi:

1. put text navigation bar somewhere on the upper section of the page, it can be to the left, right or center. Start with your products by categories, just like they are listed on the images.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Remove the Clutter

You have let the technolgy get in the way of the message, that is why you are not getting any sales. Until you get your message clear it is not important how technically accessible your site is, – no-one is going to bother checking the site out.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Look More Business-like

Sandy’s website looks like the web page my grandmother put together 4 years ago. Everything is centered down the middle of the page, the background color shows on my monitor as annoying-light-yellow-or-tan, and all of the text seems to be basic Paragraph text with a default font.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Check Browser Compatibility

My immediate reaction was that there are way too many animated graphics and the site is MUCH too cutsie. – not at all professional looking. If I hadn’t been reviewing the site, I’d have left right then.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Avoid Scrolling

I reviewed the site of www.sandists.com. Some comments about it:

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – META Tag Tips

The unified color pattern is good, but the overall look is simple and late ’90’s look. It doesn’t have the look of a site I can get excited about enough to purchase at.

Sandi’s Ts Site Review – Emphasize Business Aspect

I believe everything on a web site speaks for, or against, the product or service being sold. The Sandi’s T’s site (http://sandists.ecorp.net), in my opinion, suffers from a loss of credibility and some usability issues as well. The ICRA labeling appears in the header for each page that I checked, and if memory serves it should only be on the main page that was submitted to ICRA and rated.