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Old 04-07-2013, 11:46 AM
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Let's be honest, our sites are ugly!

I've noticed most sites I've seen related to lawn care and irrigation all look like they were built and designed in 1996. None of them seem to have caught on to web trends and modern design.

I'm not sure why this is. Could be just that the owners of lawn companies are so far removed from technology. Or it could be that people believe consumers are not shopping for lawn companies online.

Either way, I'd love to see some of the best lawn sites out there that you have seen.

Typically I prefer see good copy over good design, but in this case I'd love to see beautifully designed lawn-related websites from you guys. In the meantime I've listed some of my favorites here in Dallas. Show me what you guys find.

http://www.lawnsofdallas.com/

http://experiencelawncare.com/index.html
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:22 PM
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While what constitutes "good design" can be entirely subjective, the two examples you list are fine for "form", but only one comes close to passing the "function" aspect, and even then it's only passing. So a better question might be "What sites create the center of a Venn Diagram?".
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:07 PM
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I'm very happy with mine. But now we are working on seo. Http://greenscenetn.com
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:03 PM
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I'm very happy with mine. But now we are working on seo. Http://greenscenetn.com
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Who wrote your copy? And what would you say is your percentage of stock photos vs real ones?
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:44 PM
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I'm very happy with mine. But now we are working on seo. [url]Http://greenscenetn.com
Speaking of subjective vs objective design, one thing that's not up for debate is wondering when that particular design company will stop diminishing people's brands with .jpg's where .png's should be used. People pay a healthy price to receive their dithered images and buttons. The first thing people see on your site, the header, features 3 images that are incorrectly done. To me, the banner detracts from everything below it as it's an inconsistent design effort.

Overall, it looks good and I'm glad to see they're advancing with their design work. For my eyes (read: the subjective aspect), one issue I have is that the content's Century Gothic font, at a healthy 2px letter spacing, is a tough read in 980px page widths due to it's ethereal, run-on, qualities. On page load, when I look at the About Us content, I got through a few words and just said, "Yeah...no." and moved on.

Yeah, I realize that could read overly critical, but really I'm just saying "the designer mishandled your brand" and the content font is kind of tough to read.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:15 PM
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I have no idea if my site is ugly or not. I do know that it looks fairly modern, but is full of pictures I took myself. I am not a professional photog and I do not stage the photos...

What I DO know is that it has been very effective in bringing us the kind of customer we want. I'm happy with that for now.

www.rossnwatergardens.com

I personally like www.paradiserestored.com and landscapeeast.com.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:25 AM
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I'm assuming you have a typo as that domain is not registered.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:34 AM
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http://www.rossnwwatergardens.com/
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:17 PM
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yes, yes i did misspell my own website...
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:00 AM
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yes, yes i did misspell my own website...
Don't sweat it man! We've all done it at least once. look on the bright side... at least it wasn't on something you sent off to the printer!
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