07-10-2009, 08:39 PM
Please review: www.housexperts.com
1. What do you think of it? (be as honest as you want --- Pros/Cons)
2. How much would you charge client for a site like this? (Keep in mind that it's search engine optimized.)
Looking forward to hearing any and all feedback! It's only the 2nd site I've ever designed.
07-10-2009, 10:44 PM
Hmmm... It doesn't pass the validator.
I would take care of these 106 errors and 59 warnings as a first stop...
But you're probably more interested in evaluation of the design. I don't know squat about what to charge so I'll let others chime in there. As for the actual layout...
I hope you're not sensitive though, because here comes the mean parts, and I'm not always very gentle:
1. I don't care much for the use of the green background when hovering over the main menu items. It clashes a bit more than I am comfortable with. It works fine in the bottom menu, but for the top I would make a change. If you're going to stick with a solid color background I would add some padding so that the colored area on :hover is larger. Right now, even with a more pleasing color, it would look too small.
2. In the portfolio, using IE7 or FF2, when I hover over the first image in the portfolio (which is the one showing already by default) the displayed image shifts probably 30px or so to the right. The effect is the same when I hover over other images as well so I think this is a problem with your overall spacing.
3. Also, the use of professional images (presumably stock images) next to point-and-shoot camera images is jarring. If they actually did the work from those stock photos, get more pictures like that and lose the grainy/dim ones. If that work in the stock photos isn't theirs then those shots don't belong in a portfolio anyway. Keep those as stock shots on the home page or some "ideas" page or something else and just use the customer's shots for the portfolio without lining them up to superior shots. The difference will be less noticeable and less inclined to turn a prospective client away.
4. Last but not least, on the contact page I would take the font size down a few steps, lose the bold font, make the e-mail address an actual mailto: link (advise your client to buy a domain name of their own and get e-mail set up there), reduce the overall height of the address block section (between the green and blue horizontal lines), and use a lighter color for the font. The text is black and stands out, but not in a good way.
07-10-2009, 11:40 PM
I find the borders around the header to be unnecessary and slightly jarring. Removing them and giving the navigation a bit of top padding makes it seem a lot better. Also, Verdana does not lend itself to large sizes.
07-11-2009, 05:13 PM
I would also work on the usability of the before and after pictures. I got kind of lost while scrolling through them. Maybe group the different projects together as one link on the right that when clicked, brings up a slide show in the middle.