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View Full Version : Major redesign - site review requested



bcarl314
05-29-2010, 12:56 AM
Hey all,

So, I've been working on a site redesign for one of my personal sites for a long time. I've posted here a couple times asking for feedback, and I'd like to ask one more time.

Here's my current site:
www.yourlistonline.com

Here's my potential redesign:
http://www.yourlistonline.com/new/

What I'd like to know is...
1) Is the redesign and improvement or step backwards?
2) Looking at the redesign, can you tell what the focus of the site will be?
3) I'm looking for friendly / modern look and feel. Does this hit that for you?

As always, suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Thanks

abduraooft
05-29-2010, 09:40 AM
1) Is the redesign and improvement or step backwards?Definitely has got some improvements in the look and feel. It tempts me to spend some time on the page unlike the other one :)

One quick point I've noticed is about your drop down. It relies on javascript, which is not as reliable as a CSS based one. And I'd love to see the page without a horizontal scroll bar in 1024x768 too.

bcarl314
05-29-2010, 03:25 PM
Thanks, that sounds positive. I didn't notice the 1024 x 768 issue (i have a larger resolution). Do you think that's still a consideration? According to w3schools, in Jan 2010 76% of visitors had resolution higher than 1024 x 768.

Also, I'd like to add a product search and list search to the home page, but can't come up with any ideas on where to place them. Any ideas?

Keep the feedback coming!

Thanks

MCreative
05-29-2010, 03:42 PM
I think the new look is definitely an improvement! It appears to be clean and straight forward to me. I also agree with abduraooft in regards to the drop down menu being CSS Based. You can do some great stuff with CSS for menu's.

I'd love to see your final product, so let us know when you have an update for us to see!

bcarl314
05-29-2010, 05:14 PM
Thanks. I just uploaded a few of the changes based on suggestions here.

First, fixed it so 1024 x 768 doesn't scroll horizontally.
Second, used a CSS based menu

In addition, I added in my ad blocks, and the forms to search products and lists. I'm not too excited about the search forms. Any feedback on placement on those items?

Thanks

abduraooft
05-29-2010, 05:26 PM
The fixed left values for all li:hover ul instances makes an incremental shift to the sub-lists. The following would be fine for all the three case.

#nav_menu li:hover ul, #nav_menu li.sfhover ul{
left:auto;
}

bcarl314
06-03-2010, 04:54 AM
The fixed left values for all li:hover ul instances makes an incremental shift to the sub-lists. The following would be fine for all the three case.

#nav_menu li:hover ul, #nav_menu li.sfhover ul{
left:auto;
}


Ah, thanks for that. I was wondering why I saw that. For some reason FF3 on Linux didn't show the display issue, but FF3 WinXP did. Fixed.

Any other feedback on the new search fields (find a list and search products)? Are they too intrusive? What about the ad space? I tried to keep it out of the way, but prominent enough to be seen.

As always, thanks for the feedback, and more is appreciated.

Fullminster Buc
06-03-2010, 01:56 PM
1) Yeah, the redesign is much better.
2) Not sure, it`s got something to do with wish lists. I think you should clean the pages of any unecessary information and state in a simple and clear way what you can offer users. You do that pretty well on your current site, although I think it can be done better; the registration forms are the first visitors see (when I think: adds/hassle/leaveifnootheroption) whereas I think it should be: "We make it easy for you to let friends know about the gifts you want or find out what they want!" or something like that. Your new design (which is more classy) is excellent for doing that.
3) Yes

bcarl314
06-03-2010, 08:09 PM
1) Yeah, the redesign is much better.
2) Not sure, it`s got something to do with wish lists. I think you should clean the pages of any unecessary information and state in a simple and clear way what you can offer users. You do that pretty well on your current site, although I think it can be done better; the registration forms are the first visitors see (when I think: adds/hassle/leaveifnootheroption) whereas I think it should be: "We make it easy for you to let friends know about the gifts you want or find out what they want!" or something like that. Your new design (which is more classy) is excellent for doing that.
3) Yes

Thanks. Yeah, the current site has lots of features (free and premium) that don't seem to get much traction. Including - party planning / RSVP system, shopping, eCards and the forum. I don't think those features are well represented in the old design, and I'm hoping the new design better conveys all of the features, while maintaining a focus on universal wish lists.

More feedback is still welcome.

eu4ria
06-03-2010, 10:06 PM
One thing it may benefit from is some way to divide the main content on the left with the 'sidebar' on the right. For me the layout is too white so maybe adding subtle background colours to these columns would help break up the sections.

bcarl314
06-03-2010, 11:27 PM
One thing it may benefit from is some way to divide the main content on the left with the 'sidebar' on the right. For me the layout is too white so maybe adding subtle background colours to these columns would help break up the sections.

Good idea. I'll play around with some light pastel bg colors and post a new version in a few days.

Thanks

bcarl314
06-04-2010, 03:26 PM
The fixed left values for all li:hover ul instances makes an incremental shift to the sub-lists. The following would be fine for all the three case.

#nav_menu li:hover ul, #nav_menu li.sfhover ul{
left:auto;
}


Just noticed in my browser testing, that in IE7, that pushes all the menus to the right way too far. Any ideas how to fix that for IE7?

abduraooft
06-04-2010, 03:39 PM
It's due to the floats in main menu. Try

#nav_menu li ul {
border-bottom:1px solid #999999;
left:-999em;
position:absolute;
top:34px;
width:212px;
z-index:500;
clear:left;
}



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