05-29-2009, 11:19 PM
I developed a site but I am a coder and not a web designer.
The site doesn't look very stylish - although I tried!
I don't want to hire an expensive designer. And there are many simple sites that look cool and neat without fancy web design.
What are some simple improvements I could make? Please help!
05-30-2009, 03:43 AM
A lot of potential, but you have some limitations.
1) You must be using some sort of shopping cart script?
That means your design is somewhat constrained to that script,
changes to the design would require changes to that script.
Something that takes time and probably cost to hire someone.
2) You leave your site to process the payments (Amazon). Nothing wrong
with that, but if you happened to have a secure server and an account
with someone like Authorize.net, you would be able to retain all customer
information and processing yourself (on your own site). That can make the
operation a bit smoother and seamless.
3) You have a lot of products and no amount of re-design will make the
process any simpler. So, what you have now is really not too bad. It covers
the most important aspect ... show them the products and allow them to
pick and purchase ... easy.
I would sum it up with saying, you're doing pretty good as it is. To really spice things
up would cost money (a professional graphic artist). Even if you went to a Joomla
type of CMS system, it would cost to have it customized for your own use.
The very bottom line is making money.
Get customers to browse and purchase.
Make it as easy as possible to open their pocketbooks.
05-30-2009, 01:02 PM
It's fine, the font size needs to be reduced on everything by a notch, though, and the sidebar's a bit on the large size.
05-30-2009, 07:01 PM
Thanks everyone. This is great input.
Besides your suggestions, I will play with the colors a little and try to get a new logo. All pages are driven off a single "template" - so changes are relatively easy.
I wrote the shopping cart code myself using amazon web services. I can really recommend Amazon webservices ...
05-31-2009, 02:13 AM
The two things I dislike about it is....
1. I use 1024 X 768 display, which is the standard size. Your site is designed at a much large size. consider making the width smaller.
2. There is a ton of clutter. I couldn't understand anything looking at it. There is links and words and boxes and everything all over the screen. You need whitespace.
Don't take these suggestions the wrong way, just trying to help. Other then that it looks good.
06-01-2009, 03:49 AM
OK, I spent my Sunday re-doing the layout of the site and took all your input into account.
The navigation is much more clear/user friendly now.
Overall I think it looks much better!
Still some tweaking needed :rolleyes:
Thanks everyone ...
06-01-2009, 05:52 PM
I thinks it's much better ...
You offer a lot of information, so I don't know of any better
way to display it ... you did a good job with that.
06-02-2009, 02:38 PM
i shouldn't have bought this particular book; it focuses on a set of popular web-creation packges, which may be good for many 'wintel' users, but not for me with my iMac... some useful general pointers on the whole web-design process, mind.