View Full Version : Website marketplace feedback appreciated please

05-09-2009, 07:30 PM

I'm a new member here, but I'd be really interested in any feedback you might be able to give on a site I've been developing for some time now.

The site is called webchalkboard.com and it's an online marketplace for buying and selling websites.

In a nutshell as a seller you can:
1. Advertise a website or domain for sale on the site for free.
2. Upload images and supporting documents to backup your listing.
3. Enter a reserve price, embargo date and end date for your auction.

As a buyer you can:
1. Browse and search the site for suitable listings.
2. Place bids on any items you like the look of.
3. Buy listings at the BIN price.
4. Receive email alerts when new listings matching your criteria are added to the site.

It's a straight forward concept, and I believe I've got all bases covered, but I'd really be very interested in any feedback from members of this forum, as it's the web developer community who are the primary audience for the site. I've been building and using websites for years, so have a pretty good idea what I'd want from such a site, but maybe you have other ideas?

Many thanks,

05-09-2009, 08:51 PM
Anything you're going to hear from people right now is going to be nitpicking. You've got a very nice website.

The logo has aliased text. It's not a bitmap font so it looks even less attractive ("The website, domain…" The tan colored column on the homepage has odd text alignment and padding issues. The line-height value of the Categories could be spaced out more and possibly given bullet decoration to make it look less like it has just been slapped there.

There's a gap of white at the bottom of every page. I think these CSS modifications would do you well:

body {
div#footer_wrapper {
background-color:transparent;/*Remove background color*/
margin-top:0;/*Remove margin value*/
border-top:2em solid #FFF;

05-10-2009, 03:42 AM
Agreed with the aliased text. It needs to go.

Couple of things I'm not too keen on:
1) Why is the main body content red? It's a bit...dirty. Non-white colors tend to do that in general. It does work with the little boxes and the section starting "featured sites", but the main bit shouldn't really be red.
2) Not sure on the shiny-ish buttons just above the header. It doesn't really fit. What about a more smooth gradient with those two colors instead of the two-color style?
3) Some of the domains break out of the box. It needs a bit more space.

05-11-2009, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, especially the CSS coding lol! More than I had expected.

I agree with the text in the logo too, I'll smooth that out a bit, perhaps even remove completely. I also see what you mean about the padding on the central column. Unfortunately some people added longer than expected domains, that's why the padding is a bit off there. But I'll see what I can do.

I actually quite like the tabs along the top being 2 tonal, but I take on board your comments and will see what other people think as well.

Am coding from a laptop at the moment, but as soon as I'm back at my PC I'll make those changes as suggested!

Thanks again and really appreciate the kind comments as well. :)

05-11-2009, 09:53 PM
Ignore comments from people who don't like the color scheme-- it's great! Don't change it :thumbsup:

Only thing I'd suggest is putting the Featured Sites portion "above the fold"-- right now you only see it if you scroll down (and lots of people never scroll down). The twitter announcement should be below the fold... it's pretty irrelevant. Speaking of the twitter annoucement, that blue bird immediately draws the eye (because it's the only thing on the site colored blue) which I think is a pretty silly image to be drawing the eye.

I would also have a "browse by category" link in your main menu-- browsing is a fun activity and most people will click on a browse link. Maybe it's as simple as changing the wording of the two "for sale" menu items to begin with the word "browse".

The "add" tab leaves me wondering "what are we adding and to what?" Maybe "Place Ad" gives a clearer picture?

I guess I had a few things to say :p

05-12-2009, 10:47 AM
This is a free template from here


I would suggest that you put that little notice back saying it is from them or you are breaking the terms.

We only ask you to not remove "Design by Template World" and the link http://www.templateworld.com from the footer of the template.

All that is free is not free to call your own.

05-12-2009, 01:31 PM
Thanks again for even more useful comments and suggestions. I think I've put a lot of them into practise now, but will read back through to make sure I haven't missed any after writing this.

I've added in a few credit links in the footer as suggested. All the graphics and the CSS are 100% bespokely created and coded, but I admit the visual similarities in appearance should be credited somewhere. I also love the Blueprint CSS framework since finding that a couple of weeks ago, so along with jQuery which is the best Javascript library IMHO I've given them some much deserved credit too.

If anyone else has anything to say, I look forward to hearing back from you.