Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:09 AM
[a href=\"http://yallsave.com/\" target=\"_blank\"]http://yallsave.com/[/a]
Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:27 PM
- The gradient behind your navigation looks ugly compared to the text color
- Navigation padding changes erratically between pages
- Make your changing text on the right a flash thing, with fade effects and a longer wait. Also, don't make it run up against the side like that
- Your Secure Site lock is way too big compared to the text-scale it down a lot
- Make your front page have a list of new models or something. As it is, it feels empty
Posted 13 March 2006 - 02:46 PM
1) as moberemk mentioned, the nav looks awful and changes size depending on what page you're on. Lose the gradient and go with a more pleasent roll-over effect (changing background color, changing border color... something).
2) Contact page... when there is an error, you should explain what it is and show the form again, refilling non-vital information. It needs work, at best.
3) If there is only one option in the dropdown, have it pre-selected.
4) If the "enlarged" picture is the same size as the current picture, don't provide a link to an "enlarged" version.
5) If you don't have any of a specific item, don't show it to me. Only list parts that you have. Listing a part when you have none of them is only teasing the customer.
7) You claim it's a secure site, but other than the little lock, which switches between being centered and not in the right column, I don't see any evidence of it. There's no security certificate, you're not using https, and the browser has no indication that it's a secure site..... you don't give me any reason to think that it's secure other than your little logo.
It's a good start, but it needs a lot of work.
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 04:24 AM
Secure: The thing about the site being secure, I got rid of it and just put a PayPal logo there since I am using PayPal.
Home Page: Yes, the homepage is empty feeling but everything is new so I don't know what to put there.
About the navagation, I don't know what you mean it changes sizes. I got rid of the gradient and made it a little smaller in width. What do you think?
I fixed the contact us page so now it shows what is missing. Like it?
Click to Enlarge:
All the images for products on the item.php page are set with a width of 400px, when you click enlarge it shows it's correctly sized image, whether it is smaller or larger. I want to right a script that will make the image fit in there perfectly if the window is large but then if you make the window smaller, the image will get smaller too so you don't have to scroll sideways. I started with this but couldn't get it to work right yet. Any ideas or hints?
I changed it so if Wings equal 0 it just doesn't show Wings. I think that is what you ment.
The reason half the links went to the same page was because I thought it would make it look like I had more information if I just put it all on one page. I guess I will seperate the pages, but I still need a lot more information on the pages.
One last note. There are some vehicles that do not have any products listed for them. That is because I insert new products and submit them to my client and he enters in the prices and then they are viewable to the public. I have 27 more items waiting for his input. So expect more products soon hopefully. Please continue to critique me!
Posted 15 March 2006 - 03:40 PM
Home page: The first thing I would do is change the banner image. It looks like a mid-90ish type banner with just some text and a funky background. Put a nice car image up in there. I'd also lose the full-width style of the site, as that can cause problems stretching your content. Using a fixed-width site not only let's you know exactly where things will fall, but it also makes you look like you have more content.... and as an added bonus, it allows you to have a defined-width banner image. I'd love to see a tricked out car in the banner or a picture of the buildiing where they do business.... or even a car being worked on. In terms of actual content, you could list testimonials or provide some kind of company motto or even throw up a few more pics. People expect sites like this one to take a little longer to load because they want to see your products. Just don't take advantage of that too much... know when to reduce the images.
Navigation: On the home page, your nav items are only about 8 pixels high (if I had to guess). When you go to the other pages, they're at least 15, plus they still have the gradient. Not only does it look bad, but it means your coding sucks. You should have 1 menu page that you include everywhere so that you only have to update it in one place. You're using PHP, so take advantage of it.
Contact Page: Looks better... but you could use a space between the "Required" and the box you're putting it next to. It also wouldn't hurt to redirect the user back to the homepage after a short delay... maybe 10 seconds of displaying the "thank you" (use the PHP header() call). You might also mention that "someone will contact you shortly".
Enlarged Pics: Just changing the width of a picture doesn't really help the user. You should really look into resizing the pic to a specific height and width using the GD library (I hope your host has that installed).
List: Yeah, that's what I meant.
Something else to pick on: when you hit the "view shopping cart" link, the banner turns red. Consistency would be nice.
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Posted 03 April 2006 - 04:18 AM
Posted 03 April 2006 - 08:54 AM
When putting stuff into your kart - or updating it -
.1 works as a quantity. Perhaps you might want to remove this server side.
Also - on this page : [a href=\"http://yallsave.com/cart/cart.php?task=update\" target=\"_blank\"]http://yallsave.com/cart/cart.php?task=update[/a] it says "Secure Site" with YOUR logo. YET it is not ssl (secure).
Also with .1 quantity entered - I go (proceed) to paypal and get errors -
The link you have used to enter the PayPal system contains an incorrectly formatted quantity value.
OK - onto design - for the Shopping kart on the main page - top right - it needs a border - and not a big thick black one like on your Navigation menu.
Change the colour and thickness of the borders on your Navigation.
> Should I make it 790 width?
As for Widths of a site - I prefer a fluid layout - where the width will be 80% width of the browser window.
I set my left margin to 10%, and right to 10% in css.
Your Shopping Cart text (on main page) is formatted incorrect.
The Shopping is indented and the Word Cart is un-indented on the next line. Is there a <br> or something wrong?
Also your text that rotates under the Navigation - its a little plain. I would prefer to see a rotating graphic with a thumbnail of the product. The text you currently have doesnt look great. Get using your GD skills and dress it up.
OK - I'll leave it at that.
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