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About DevWebPro Peer Reviewer

Peer reviewers volunteer their time and effort to help other site owners with their websites. Please take time to visit this reviewer's site and say that you think what they're doing is valuable to the web business community. If you'd like your site reviewed, send an email to editors@ientry.com.
Sandi’s Ts Site Review – The Local Angle

“hand crafted” and “Virginia” should be used in the title for this page. (Unique hand crafted T-Shirts and sweat shirts – Family designed clothing from Virginia) also in the description (Your Virginia based source for unique hand crafted T shirts and sweat shirts designed for the whole family.) The top of your page is missing keywords and heading tags that the search engines can pick up on.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Short Comments

Not all peer reviewers write extensive reviews. Here are the short comments received, which can be just as useful as lengthy ones.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Too Heavy on Graphics

I’m going to make this fairly quick as there are so many fundamental things wrong with this site technically, it’s difficult to know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with file size. The home page is over 240 KB. Although, it currently ranks as sixth in a Google search for “felt”, this puts a stake through the heart of many of their potential visitors. The vast majority of visitors are still using dial-up modems and many of those aren’t even 56 K. That means this site takes over a minute for the average visitor to load the Home page. Most of this is due to the over 200 KB used for images, but even the HTML coding is over 30 KB by itself.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Target Adults

I had the opportunity to take a look at The Felt Source, and would like to offer the following comments.

The Felt Source Peer Review – High Marks Overall

Thank you for inviting me to evaluate your website. I have worked on this with the checklist on http://www.waller.co.uk/usability16.htm.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Information Overload

This website appears to follow the motto of form follows function. Overall, I think the site serves its primary purpose very well, providing its product to consumers. However, the web design leaves something to be desired. Here are some areas I thought could use improvement:

The Felt Source Peer Review – Overwhelming

When I first saw the name, I thought – well I do a lot of sewing, this might be a site I would enjoy reviewing. Then I read that it was for educational toys. I decided to look anyway, and I found a number of neat items, if I was a teacher, or a parent of small children I could understand how the kits that were advertised would be of benefit. I did find a number of things about the web site, that I would like to comment on.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Good “Feel”

I took a few minutes to look at The Felt Source. I only have a couple of comments. Overall, it had a good “feel” for me. I am an amateur webmaster so I tried to look at the site as a prospective buyer.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Kids Don’t Have Credit Cards

Browser Compatibility.
The page works nicely in Explorer, Mozilla, and Opera. It passed my first hurdle.

The Felt Source Peer Review – Needs Quality Control

The Felt Source needs some quality control.

The Felt Source Peer Review

In our peer reviews, readers offer their unique perspectives on the design of a reader’s site. This time around the review is of The Felt Source, and educational toy company. Check out the critiques readers had to offer and use their ideas to improve your own site.

Toolup.com Peer Review Results

What did DevWebPro readers have to say about Toolup.com? Read on to find out. You’ll find some great tips for your own site, including tips on navigation – some written by professional Web designers.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Short Comments

Short comments can be just as helpful as lengthy analyses. Here are the short items sent in by readers regarding the Toolup.com site:

Toolup.com Peer Review – Reorganize Links to Grab Attention

On the whole I think the site is laid out well, is functional and simple, however there are a few niggles that I have about it. The site loads nice and quickly and only needs a few minor changes.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Retool Navigation

On first glance, and during the initial loading of the site, (approx 1 minute) the “left column” overlaps onto the main body of the page, which was a little disconcerting for about a minute or so (Looking at the site through a 56Kbs modem connection) but then pops into place with no overlaps once fully loaded. That was a relief! Once all the java is loaded moving around your site is pretty quick.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Fix Confusing Elements

I have been reading DevPro for a while and saw some of these page reviews, and thought I’d like to get my sites in there for review at some stage, but decided I’d better do some reviews .. tit for tat and all that.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Needs An Identity

First and foremost the box called categories changed size on load up nearly causing me to jump out of the page.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Reorganize For Clarity

This is what I think about toolup.com

You may need rename or rearrange things a bit. For instance
- Logon item in top menu could have been called Login
- Sales item in top menu could have appeared before Shopping Cart
- Shopping Cart should not be first.

Toolup.com Peer Review – Marketing Needs Work

The initial format is fine, but I found the marketing aspects of the site lacking.

Design Peeve Reader Survey

I asked you what your pet peeves were, and you let me know! Several of you made pointed comments about iEntry sites (I’ll see what I can do there, but no promises). Thanks for all the great input. Now let’s find out what really irks you when it comes to site design…

Damashi Peer Review Results

Find out what readers had to say about the Damashi in this DevWebPro peer review. Read the reviews and pick up some tips for your own site – you may be making some of the same errors!

Damashi Peer Review – Stick With Link Colour Conventions

First impressions

The home page loaded quickly on a dial up connection – good. It is also good to have an example of what is on offer on the homepage. You are listed well on Google for “karate books” and “karate videos”. The initial impression is gaudy – very yellow, red and blue! The discount videos page almost hurts the eyes.

Damashi Peer Review – Too Much Red!

On the first loading of the site what hits me is the abundant use of red and size of text. The page just jumps out and smacks my eyes. Ok this is a karate site but still.

Damashi Peer Review – Give Visitors An Incentive to Buy

It’s a brave soul that puts their site up for a review and a smart one. In no particular order, I believe there are three main parts to a web site:

  • Appearance
  • Design
  • Content