Opinions on my website

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by NorthTexasLawnScapes, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    www.ticolandscaping.com
     
  2. NorthTexasLawnScapes

    NorthTexasLawnScapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    thankyou everyone for your feedback! They are all really good points and imma have to do some changing
     
  3. justinc

    justinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    Looks pretty good. Like others have said, I would remove the pricing.
     
  4. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    I love the theme, looks like one from Elegant Themes. I'm looking at your sub-pages in the FIREFOX browser and it seems as though the designer failed to create cell padding, hence content is too close to the edge of the page. Also noticed sign up message box is falling right off the page. I would jump on this prior to the growing season, when you get more traffic to your site! I think someone mentioned fine tuning, of course I highly recommend these themes...I use two for my businesses. One other thing it's great to promote WordPress, but if you're not getting paid for it, I would remove it.
     
  5. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,930

    When the white box goes away someday, I'll navigate and let you know a bit more.

    It seems obnoxious.

    The box sort of reminds me of the big ad box that Lawnsite loads on a page, except that I can close those and get rid of them.

    :)
     
  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,830

    First of all, this is a site you just built? Wow! This is a fantastic example of a very professional looking and yet simple to build website! Well done. For a new site, just starting out, this is excellent. Not perfect. But given where you are, this is a great start! Other LCOs here should contact you and find out what company you used to create this website. This is a whole lot better than a lot of the other template made sites I see here on Lawnsite every day. My first impression is very good. It makes your company look bigger and more professional than you probably are - and that's always the goal, IMO. Your site should always give off an even bigger impression of your company than you are. Then people will automatically assume you're more established and have more expertise.

    Now for a little critique...

    I think the North Texas Lawnscapes logo on the top needs to be worked on. Find a good graphic designer to make you a more impressive logo. Check out hiremymom.com or designoutpost.com . You can find really good graphic designers at those sites who can create a really nice logo for you for as little as $50 or $100.

    The logo on top should be more prominent on the page, too. You want people to remember your image...your company name....your logo. Right now, it doesn't stand out very well.

    I agree with Mario that the big white box sort of gets in the way of the main photo. I'd ditch that, although it is kinda cool. I'd still get rid of that. The big photos hiding behind that box are really nice. Show those off!!! Keep the small little photos on the bottom left that turn into menus as your mouse goes over them. That's cool! But ditch the big white box. It gets in the way and is a little annoying.

    The phone number is almost impossible to see and to find on the page. Figure out a way to make it stand out more and easier to find.

    I agree with Ringahding too. I, too, use Firefox. And the text on those sub pages are too close to the edges. Minor deal. But that will need to be addressed at some point.

    Otherwise, there's not much more I would change. This is a really good, basic, professional looking site.
     
  7. NorthTexasLawnScapes

    NorthTexasLawnScapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Thankyou a lot for that imput. Finally I get some good feedback.. ha but I'm changing things as we talk! Thanks
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  8. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Main thing, turn on the Permalinks under settings and then give your pages meaningful names. (tip use lowercase letters and hyphens to separate words). This makes it more seo friendly, and look better. Example:

    http://northtexaslawnscapes.com/service-areas
    instead of:
    http://northtexaslawnscapes.com/?page_id=29

    And I agree about the white box on the home page. 1. things are not properly aligned within it, so really stands out that it is not a single "object" on the page, some of the the text runs out the bottom, and the button has solid background corners which stand out.

    Some other things, mainly color schemes with text, were bothersome, but I looks like you may be updating that as I was typing this and checking out the site.

    Running WordPress, make sure you at least once a week log into it and apply any updates. Also make sure you have a way to keep a backup of the files/database.

    If you do decide to keep prices, i would suggest a disclaimer such as: "Prices listed are general base prices, but we reserve the right to adjust due to special care needs at your location. Prices are current as of January 26, 2012" (do NOT use an auto updating date here).

    Lastly, I don't know where I clicked to end up there, but at some point I noticed I was at http://cms.northtexaslawnscapes.com instead of http://northtexaslawnscapes.com

    -Greg
     
  9. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Was going to PM these to you as to not hijack this thread, but couldn't so here ya go:

    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?news&nid=5 "aplication" should be "application"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?news&nid=6 "Augost" should be "August"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?news&nid=11 "runing" should be "running"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_2_Landscaping "Instalation" should be "Installation"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_8_Contact "Forman" should be "Foreman"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_10_Gallerys "Gallerys" should be "Galleries" (note, in the page Title tag and the URL too)
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_12_Pictures "Cleaing" probably should be "Clearing" (2 places)
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_12_Pictures "Decretive" should be "Decorative" (2 places)
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_18_Compost "Courtsey" should be "Courtesy"
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_18_Compost "Deterent" should be "Deterrent" (2 places)
    http://www.ticolandscaping.com/index.php?p=1_19_Dethaching "Dethaching" should be "Dethatching" (note, in the page Title tag and the URL too)

    (No, I'm not that picky, I use InSite by Inspyder since I suck at spelling)
     
  10. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    Thank you for taking the time. By the way I have Dyslexia. Even with spell check I make a lot of mistakes. Thanks again
     

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