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    Smile Be honest and helpful.

    I am trying for an easy informative site. I find Godaddy too cluttered, it seems to work for them.
    What do you think of my site, what can I do better, can you find things easily?
    Thanks for taking your time.
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    Well this is just how I like sites.

    The nav should be at the top.

    The domain selection should be in the middle main content part.

    But that's just how I would put it. I like how it is now though. It looks really good. It is easy to find what you want so you accomplished what you wanted.

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    Is it just me or does the logo & text seem really squashed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyanLight View Post
    Is it just me or does the logo & text seem really squashed?
    No I'm seeing the same thing in FF3.0.10.

    The original resolution of the logo/text is 1206x342 so the browser loads the unnecessarily large image.

    Also what is up with the code. It is riddled with tables. I suggest you read the link in my sig titled "Why Tables for Layout is Stupid?"
    Last edited by _Aerospace_Eng_; 05-26-2009 at 10:12 AM.
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    Since it's just the smiley that's squashed a bit I thought it was done on purpose. Still don't think it looks bad. Besides who cares if it uses tabels. As long as it works.

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    Smile Reasoning...

    Ok, I have been a hosting company since 2003, I can NOT get someone to make a decent logo, So I use the best of the logos I had to choose from!
    Next, The first set of pages represented by the home page and the menu bar is made totally using one of the sitebuilders I offer in all my hosting accounts, Hadn coding was my first option, but I wanted an example of some of the things this sitebuilder can do, also for customer support, it is always good to have used the product. The billing system, and the control panel are edited manually.
    The site builder is pretty good and can do way more than I have done, but I need to draw the line somewhere.
    As for tables etc, the company sitezen, is slowly developing a more SEO friendly script.although there are many cool SEO tools now.

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    Nice site, navigation is easy but didn't get much diff with other hosting sites.
    during checking the hosting plans i found You didn't listed The prices, Is there any special reason or they are high then other Hosting sites. Not writing price looks like something fishy. So IMO write Prices...

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    If you took the smilie face off the logo, I think it would actually look an ok logo.

    Maybe use same content box that you use for 'Get your web hosting package' for the details below?

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    I like, looks good except for one thing. Instead of a simple smiley, try for a more high tech logo, or something that people would remember.
    Rowsdower! has accused me of having mental problems, and the administrator allowed it. What a great forum huh?

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    If I was comparing hosts or domain registrars as a web developer (which I happen to be), I would honestly ignore this site. Reasons:

    You said GoDaddy is cluttered, yes I hate it, but they are cheap and have an established brand. Godaddy does provide a lot of professional (even if they are really annoying and somewhat poorly structured) services and visual clues. Now I'm not saying go slap a picture of a model big on your site (annoying), but take from them the concept of a strong brand. That means solidifying a logo, setting a clear style, and pull things together with common themes. Establish a strong header to the page, and a stronger footer.

    When I first look at the site, the middle area has a promo SWF running, but it looks like an ad. It doesn't mesh with the logo quite right, and its distracting as well. I would suggest it being more subtle or making it more prominent. Perhaps have it play once, and then give the option to replay as well.

    Layout issues come to mind as well, as its rather narrow and things feel squished inside. For example, the domain search bar has a lot of space vertically, but almost no space horizontally. Also the logo issue makes it feel like its squished horizontally. Let things breathe, and take a more natural flow.

    Text and typography is a bit lacking, for example the copy text explaining your services is small and long. I only started to read it before I gave up, especially since I know what the services are. Copy could be improved to reach those who already know what the services are, but want to know how you are different or better. That is what sells. Mix up the fonts a little more, its all Arial. On one page the text is a light green on a light gray, really hard to read.

    Most of the images are not optomized for the web. They should be exported and resized to the size they will be on the page, and be compressed as much as it can. 250Kb for an image is too much on the specials page, especially when its mostly text. That said, keep all text out of images unless its for branding purposes.

    Menu items are unusually long worded. Web Hosting Help also breaks into 3 lines, which gives further impression the page is squished. Simple titles work just as well, in fact better for scanning. People usually start by scanning a page quickly, pulling keywords, looking for a navigation structure which can clue them into whats available. Make their life easier, as well as emphasize the menu more. It should stand out and be obvious.

    Best wishes on your site.
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    The biggest problem for me other than the distracting qualities of the flash is the very small font/text, for me it's almost unreadable. I suggest increasing your font size, reduce the length of copy and provide a link to more info for people who may want it.

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    I would agree with Kodah about the general appearance etc.

    When I first linked to your site, the flash was displayed in the centre of the screen, partly obscuring the right hand column. On a second visit, it behaved OK. I am using FF 3.011.

    John

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    Great site; however, I agree about the logo. The site looks very professional, then the logo looks amateur. It doesn't match. If you go to like logotree.com, they can design a cheap logo for you that would match the rest of the professional looking site. Other than that, great job on the site.

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    Smile Thanks so far...

    First and foremost, I am in no way a graphic artist, so the astetics of my site are definately lacking.
    I have paid 3 designers for sites and logos, and they were horrible.
    They looked like templates.
    I agree you need to get your look and stay with it, I may just have to wait until my design team in in house.
    Until then, I have not attempted to sell my services, my site is more to educate the person that ends up here.
    I do not encourage hosting services to anyone that does not have a business offline.this is also why you will not see a reseller account offered, I will take someone who wants a blog site, or has the next get rich quick scheme, but I almost exclusivly market my services to businesses, this way they may be aroung in a few years and the great service may pay off for me.
    So most of my clients have limited knowledge.
    For all you who have viewed my site and feel they can do better (which should be %99 of you) feel free to contact me with your services.
    THE LOGO... smille face stays, name has to emphasizs the XX and RR
    Rest of the site, the simpler the better.

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    I would design your navigational menu for your users, and not just try to get the anchor benefits for SEO


    I would Change it to
    Home -Services- Free Sitebuilder- Specials- Help- Plans- Contact- Sign In

    Put it all on one line, and it will have an overall better look


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