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jdd148
03-09-2011, 12:26 AM
Hey everyone a few month ago I started a website from scratch that sells website templates and i did all the designing and coding on my own and I think it looks good and the templates look good but I havent made any sales even though a get about 130 views a day. So please someone review my site [link removed]

VIPStephan
03-09-2011, 12:39 AM
Ha! Well, if your site has been showing this (see quote) for the last few months then I’m not wondering about the fact that you haven’t made any sales. :D



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Ah, now it works. I’m gonna write a review in a new post.

jdd148
03-09-2011, 01:06 AM
Ha! Well, if your site has been showing this (see quote) for the last few months then I’m not wondering about the fact that you haven’t made any sales. :D




Ah, now it works. I’m gonna write a review in a new post.

Yes i know sorry it was because I accidentally uploaded the index.php of my other website to this site’s files and it replaced the actual index with my other sites

VIPStephan
03-09-2011, 01:17 AM
Yeah, well, where do I start? First let me say that when you sell something, unless you have a monopoly and/or a product that everybody needs and that sells all by itself already, you have to put major effort in the presentation of your goods. Interestingly the templates you showcase on your site all look a lot better than your website itself. (Honestly, it almost feels like you’ve ripped them from somewhere else and sell them as your own, especially given that some of them show “2003” in the dates. But well, that doesn’t have to mean anything.)

So, a proper layout/design of your website is basically non-existant which is a major turn-off. You have a link to a (seemingly unrelated) free CSS template site which looks a lot more appealing and makes me rather wanna go there and get a free template from a beautiful site than an average template for money from a – well – “unfinished” site.

So, I would really advise you take one of your own(?) templates and apply them to your site or get some inspiration on beautiful site designs from http://unmatchedstyle.com/ and then you’re probably also gonna make some sales.I’m gonna watch your progress to see if you’re genuinely interested in constructive criticism or if you just wanted to get a backlink.

jdd148
03-09-2011, 01:27 AM
Yeah, well, where do I start? First let me say that when you sell something, unless you have a monopoly and/or a product that everybody needs and that sells all by itself already, you have to put major effort in the presentation of your goods. Interestingly the templates you showcase on your site all look a lot better than your website itself. (Honestly, it almost feels like you’ve ripped them from somewhere else and sell them as your own, especially given that some of them show “2003” in the dates. But well, that doesn’t have to mean anything.)

So, a proper layout/design of your website is basically non-existant which is a major turn-off. You have a link to a (seemingly unrelated) free CSS template site which looks a lot more appealing and makes me rather wanna go there and get a free template from a beautiful site than an average template for money from a – well – “unfinished” site.

So, I would really advise you take one of your own(?) templates and apply them to your site or get some inspiration on beautiful site designs from http://unmatchedstyle.com/ and then you’re probably also gonna make some sales.I’m gonna watch your progress to see if you’re genuinely interested in constructive criticism or if you just wanted to get a backlink.
Thanks so much for the feedback, i put the copyright as 2003 because I knew how to make websites but didnt know if there were certain things you had to put on a template to actually make it a template so I researched alot and found that alot of templates had Copyright 2003 so I just put that there thinking it was needed and the dummy text on it is the same reason as 2003 copyright. And i got rid of the free css templates link from my site completely and i didnt use one of my templates because i wanted to keep the site simple but i guess since it doesnt really look to good I will use one of my templates. Thanks again for the quick reply and review

VIPStephan
03-09-2011, 01:57 AM
OK, I didn’t mean to put you down, you know? It just not easy to write a short review when you’re not sure if someone is really looking for advice or just posting a link (we have that many times).

Your idea to keep it simple is really good but there is a difference between clean and simple and “plain” or “too simple”. And your website just looks very unfinished yet, so as if you started a basic layout but didn’t put very much thought into it. A clean and simple design, for example, includes proper alignment of sections. You have to see clear edges even though there might not be any visible borders or whatever.
First thing: you forgot to remove the body’s default margin and/or padding (depending on browser), and to set a page background color (even if it’s just white, this isn’t necessarily everybody’s default browser background color).

Then, don’t use center aligned text, it makes reading somewhat harder and, as I said, doesn’t give a clean appearance as left aligned text would give. Also, I would advise using a fixed width since the lines on the templates page become vey long which is harder to read and also gives me the feeling of “I didn’t care for the layout”.

There are a lot more things to say but my fingers are hurting after typing all day. I may come back to it later. In the meantime try to apply what I suggested and we’ll have another look later on.

NoeG
03-09-2011, 04:58 AM
I'm doing the same thing you are buddy...I posted a review of my own and didn't get good feedback...once you think you know enough it turns out you dont really know anything, dont take the comments vipstephan is giving you as a bad thing I'm taking my criticism as I'm just not ready and the hard truth is from your the way you designed your site you might not be either. I think if your truly committed you need to take a step back and start overs but this time take ideas of what you like and turn them into something a potential template buyer or client would see as a quality place to purchase their themes.

Personally I didn't realize how much work its gonna take to run a website like that and I know I'm not ready, so I'm switching back to a blog and am going to publish my themes that I create as blog posts i'm not gonna charge in hopes to gain loyal subscribers and make a few bucks through google ads maybe you should look into something like that?

Common
03-10-2011, 02:07 PM
I think you need to reconsider your approach. In order for someone to buy a template from your site it would have to be really visually striking, or at least appealing in some way. Look at some of the designs on creattica.com and compare it yours, would you really think twice about buying something from your website?
It's badly layed out, navigation is clumsy and the text non-descriptive. It doesnt seem like it's the right avenue for you but if you want to try then why not just sell them on a website that specialises in selling layouts, sure they take a cut, but a percentage of something is better than 100% of nothing... which, honestly, is all you'll make with that page.

VIPStephan
03-11-2011, 02:18 PM
jdd148, that looks much better already. Now consider making it a two column layout with one column containing the list of templates and the other one the text and the video. There is a lot that can be enhanced graphically but currently I don’t have much time to give any more suggestions. Keep on, though.



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