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    Site review

    Hello everyone,

    I would like to get some feedback on SEO, functionality and the visual aspect on my site - https://appus.software
    Any feedback would be helpful.

    Thank you!
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    Annoying massive bandwidth wasting video that seems to have not a blasted thing to do with the topic isn't winning any points, particularly with the illegible white text over it. The mere inclusion of that ALONE makes one question if you know the limitations of mobile -- the audience you claim to make apps for. The lazy loading scripting and 'slide in' animations on scroll stopped impressing people about a day after it was introduced, and is also a waste of bandwidth and throwing code at nothing.

    That section in particular is a MASSIVE waste of screen space even at 2560x1440, and reeks of "we don't have any content to let's just polish everything to a fine sheen". In general I get that feeling from the over-use of whitespace spreading out 2.5k of actual content (plaintext) over five page-heights at 2560x1440. That's not even two full pages worth of actual content.

    Being content-lean that's a immediate ding on the SEO front. Remember, content is king. You have none. You're not making a tweet.

    The broken media query breakpoints and uselessly tiny ACTUAL physical contact information in the footer is no winner either. About the only thing I can praise it for from a design and functionality standpoint is that despite the heavy use of colour, you have legible contrasts something not a lot of "designers" seem to manage in this day and age.

    It is painful to watch load here -- whilst I have a 45mbps connection like most people it is shared with others during normal hours, resulting in it taking around 20 seconds to load here, most all of that overhead being handshaking. It's built from 55 separate files and all those separate files are extra requests meaning extra overhead REGARDLESS of connection speed. (and depending more on geography, latency, and the number of hops between the client and the server)

    Like a great many sites it has a ridiculous amount of CSS -- 428k -- and a equally ridiculous measure of JavaScript -- 480k -- on a site I don't see anything being done to even warrant the presence of JavaScript or anything stylistically to warrant more than 32k of CSS for the entire site. Again talking file counts you have TEN of each, when you should have ONE of each.

    To be brutally frank, pretty much for an entire SITE for ONE media target (screen for example) having more than 48k of CSS reeks of developer ineptitude and/or ignorance.

    Popping the bonnet to look at the HTML, it's the typical train wreck laundry list of how NOT to build a website I've come to expect from slopping together off the shelf tools whilst not knowing enough about HTML or CSS to actually be building websites. There's little if anything resembling proper semantics or logical document structure, endless pointless classes are thrown at everything instead of leveraging the "cascading" part of CSS, span for nothing, div for nothing, presentational images in the markup, gibberish to nonexistent use of numbered headings, that nonsensical "aria role" codebloat not adding a single useful hook that isn't already present thanks to the markup (or wouldn't if you had proper markup), static scripting in the markup, presentational use of classes...

    Pretty much everything I've come to expect when someone walks through bootcrap style sitebuilding and then tracks it all over their websites carpets.

    Hence your using 90k of markup to deliver 2.57k of plaintext and ten content media elemenets -- EASILY at least six times the HTML such a simple page should be using, possibly as much as twelve times what should be there.

    See the annoyingly vague and ultimately useless:

    Code:
    class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-4 align-left"
    As a stunning example of how NOT to build a website. That's presentational CSS -- at that point you might as well go back to writing HTML 3.2 and pretend CSS doesn't even exist like it's 1997!

    Code bloat like this:
    Code:
        <header id="ha-header-mobile"  class="ha-header sticky navbar">
        <div class="ha-header-perspective">
            <div class="ha-header-front">
                <nav>
                    <ul class="row">
                        <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-4 align-left">
                            <div id="st-trigger-effects">
                                <div class="hamburger hamburger--arrow" data-effect="st-effect-2">
                                    <div class="hamburger-box">
                                        <div class="hamburger-inner"></div>
                                    </div>
                                </div>
                            </div>
                        </li>
                        <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-4 align-center mobile-logo-wrapper">
                                                        <span class="icon-logo_top_menu"></span>
                                                </li>
                        <li class="col-xs-4 col-sm-4 col-md-4 col-lg-4 end-xs">
                                                                                        <a href="https://appus.software/contact-us" class="mobile-contact-link box-row public-site-link icon-contact_home_icon">
                                    </a>
                                                                            </li>
                    </ul>
                </nav>
            </div>
        </div>
    </header>
    Being a hallmark of bootstrap style "how not to build a website" since that's a massive waste of presentational markup that requires scripting to do the job of:

    Code:
    <input type="checkbox" id="showHideMenu">
    <label for="showHideMenu"></label>
    Using a FRACTION the CSS instead of JavaScript.

    Likewise the static SVG in the markup might be cute for scaleability, but is a missed caching opportunity, slowing the render time, consuming more CPU than scaling down a raster image would, etc, etc... double-res CSS sprites or icon-fonts would probably be the order of the day there since it would only add a handshake, and provide higher compatibility.

    PARTICULARLY when you keep putting the same SVG as source in the code multiple-times-over!

    Overall, 2/10. Again the only thing I can really praise it for is legible colour contrasts apart from the white over the video.
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    I don’t know — my first impression is that the site looks a little generic all in all. Kinda like every f**king Bootstrap website ever. That background video is very hectic and distracts from the actual point of the website. And that claim “app development company” might be important SEO-wise but is really bland and unoriginal in a prominent place like that – the complete opposite of what you’re trying to appear as with that “dynamic” video and the stylish office and what not.

    Also, I kind of dislike the fact that you’re trying to make it reeeeally unobvious that you’re actually located in the Ukraine when it’s so obvious and you’re trying soooo hard to make your website appear “international” to address potential clients from the USA and/or UK. I mean, WTF is the point of the USA flag on your conference table (besides a Ukrainian flag which kind of gives it away)? Yeah, I know, you eventually tell people in your About section and it becomes obvious in your blog posts but that fake US phone number and UK office address in your footer makes it feel like a shell corporation. And you’re pushing the outsourcing subject so much that it’s annoying.

    The blog posts are also giving me the very obvious impression that you’re trying too hard to create “news” that are actually of little relevance and/or interest. Just do your f***ing jobs and spare us this redundant content just for the sake of posting content (or promoting your company). You’re apparently not even interested in opinions or direct reactions as you have disabled any commenting functionality, which is the core of a blog. And nobody is sharing your content either, so why even bother? Oh, I know – SEOOOOOOOOOO!

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    Oh, of what little content is present (half of it being redundant navigation links) the "Engrish moist goodry me love you long time" isn't helping. You should consider bringing in a professional writer to help punch up your copy.
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    Thank you, guys. You are really nice and friendly to the newcomers :-) But still thank you for your objective opinions.


 

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