Our website is up, tell me what you think

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Smitty58, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. Angela221

    Angela221 LawnSite Member
    from Memphis
    Posts: 0

    What is your web address?
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    The main problem here is frames...

    I noticed the top portion didn't look right, thou after I zoomed out with the mousewheel, it all finally came into view.

    So get rid of the frame first, that is:
    http://www.creativelawncaresolutions.com/services.htm

    For the menu, the graphics sure take a bit to load...
    To get a buttonized effect without graphics, consider this:

    (colors can be adjusted, lime is a color)
    HTML:
    <head><style type="text/css">
    #links {list-style: none;}
    
    #links li {
    border: 2px outset lime;
    width: 92px;
    text-align:center;
    }
    
    #links a{
    padding: 2px;
    display: block;
    width: 99%;
    color: lime;
    text-decoration: none;
    }
    
    #links a:hover{
    background-color: #00AE00;
    }
    </style>
    </head><body>
    
    <ul id="links">
    <li style="background-color:teal"><font color="lime">Main Page</font></li>
    <li><a href="about.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">About</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="services.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Services</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="links.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Links</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="estimates.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Estimates</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="specials.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Specials</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="specifics.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Specifics</font></a></li>
    <li><a href="contact.html" style="text-decoration: none"><font color="lime">Contact</font></a></li></ul>
    
     
  3. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Smitty58

    Looks good. Just remember the more info you place on your site, like links, keywords and Pictures, then you will get more hits. Have your web master check you site out useing Fire Fox, I used Fire Fox and can only see 1/3 of you top menu but when I use IE 7.0 I can see all of it.

    Untitled-2.jpg
     
  4. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,937

    It looks like there might be a menu, but I can't tell.

    There's less than 1/16" of some thin horizontal field that looks like there might be some chopped-off menu buttons.

    If that's the case, the Web Designer probably won't want the name displayed on the bottom until it's fixed.
     
  5. WebMan

    WebMan LawnSite Member
    from D/FW TX
    Posts: 11

    Looks the same to me but my main concern is
    (a) the web site doesn't SAY anything...sure you are cool and have a video of some people barbecuing but it doesn't say why I need you to give me that.
    The animated fence with the cool shadow "Creative" in the background is great graphics, but I can get a fence that looks like that for less somewhere else can't I? You don't tell me why I should buy that fence from you! A cool graphic alone doesn't sell.
    (b) The main thing that worried me was your home page (with the chopped off buttons) took almost 25 seconds to fully load, and I bet I have faster Internet than 99.9% of the people here, using it all day every day I pay for premium "super-fast" business connections. Not bragging that just means ANY web site normally just "pops up" for me, no waiting at all. If it took that long for me it could take minutes for other people. You definitely need a better server/host if this morning they weren't having some unusual problems.
    (c) Just an example, what I guess is the contact page (can't read the buttons) has cool rotating text I couldn't read without knowing what it said already, I guarantee my widowed 87 year-old mother (who surfs daily and can no longer do her own lawn which is larger than mine-your type potential customer it seems) could only see a blur...but worse, all this fancy-pants stuff for a way cool web site then smack in the middle of that page you use a @yahoo.com e-mail!!!
    The most unprofessional thing you can do!
    Why not info@creativelawncaresolutions.com or whatever? ANYTHING that ends in @creativelawncaresolutions.com

    NO PROFESSIONAL business uses yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc. if you have a web site and it doesn't have e-mail that ends in @yoursite.com then you just told the world you are not a professional company. No exceptions, no if, ands, or buts, that's a fact...get that fixed while you are getting the buttons and stuff fixed. ALL hosting comes with numerous @yoursite.com e-mail accounts at no extra charge.
    Re: See a post I made in another thread about why "Image Is Everything" and a yahoo e-mail blows all the cool stuff on that site down the toilet even if everything else was fixed.
     
  6. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    What do you think...Kool... NOT...
    I could use some ideas. I do not want to offer all of these services on the site, but rather keep the pages to a minimum, correct picture sizes, quick load time, a wat for prospects to get in touch and keep it as easy as possible to make a primary contact/ appointment. Make sense??


    No hurry, but I liked your general preferences and would like to hear your view. This is a young industry that has a TON of people wanting to get on the web. For me, I have a very local base and don't need national exposure, but they are loyal and are getting on the web more by the day...young and old.

    Thanks,
    N
     
  7. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    LOL...Ouch
     
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,937

    Are implying that when companies in an area are using the same template instead of original disigns, that homeowners will visit several sites and see the same home?

    It never really came to mind until I read you comment - if that's what you were implying.

    :)
     
  9. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 363

    I know everybody thinks it's kind of basic. But I like the simplicity. Moving pics are nice. Did someone do it for you or is it a do-it-yourself?
     
  10. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,466

    Yah it looks basic and simple, I've seen some more creative, but they probly know more about it. I know I could do the same if not worse then what you did. And if you're happy with that design go with it, just add little by little once you learn how, and if you feel the need to.
     

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