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Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by jblawns123, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Open for critique and ideas. Every graphic, my logo, work, design all done by myself. It is a work in progress always... much more to add. Love new ideas :waving:
  2. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    Looks GREAT!!! What program did u use to build it?

    I like your plowing page, how'd you get the snow falling effect?
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    There is no consistency from page to page. When I clicked on Contact Us I was expecting a page to open and nothing happened.. so I clicked it again.. and again until 3 Outlook express pages opened up on me. There is no way to get back to your home page other then to hit back space a bunch. Too many steps involved to make a payment... keep it simple for the client and have a form on your site to input payment, invoice number and submit that will direct them right to your account. See my payment page...

    Overall I like the logo, black background and color scheme but it's too busy with no real flow to it.

    Keep working on it and good luck
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I just saw you have a home button at the bottom of each page.. put one at the top too.
  5. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,970

    Nice job. I think it stands out as being a bit unique and I think you are off to a great start. I do think I would change the contact us to a form like you have on the estimate page. Opening outlook express is not a good option.

    I think you picked good photos as well.
  6. gringo gardener

    gringo gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    Ken I really like your color scheme ALOT !

    I also agree with Tom that navigation would be much easier if a "return" button for the home page was at the top as well.

    I dont know if it is my "op sys" or not ... but I could not view any of the Retaining Wall Photos or the middle picture of both the Shrub/Mulch & Lawn Installs photo galleria. I like the color scheme, however your green lettering on the home page is difficult to read (maybe bold would help - dunno).

    The only two suggestions I have is that you might want to consider "justifying" your text so that it aligns to both the left and right borders ... I think this would clean up the pages Home & About Us better

    The other suggestion I have is regarding the Estimate Page ... possibly providing a "check-box" next to a list of your basic services (to save the potential client some time reducing typing) keep it simple stupid for them - and then still have a memo box for "other" so to speak.

    I would also consider making the dialogue boxes or whatever they r called the same size so that when you look at it its uniform.

    I think the cleaner and cripser a page is the more it reflects our professionalism in the eyes of the consumer - imho.
  7. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Great input guys, I love it!!

    As far as the outlook contact us, I having changed the links to the contact us page yet, I was working on the script for form mail and until then while the site was up I just directed contact us to email.

    As far as the check box contact us page, funny I had that setup that way, and plan to again... I just put the contact us page up last night and plan to do many revisions... its very simple right now, so yes... great ideas.

    I had this site up before with almost everything you guys are mentioning, it was but i took it down for 2 years and someone cyber sits on my old domain so I can't use it unless I pay them mucho, So I changed to I am trying to adapt all the links etc to the new domain name, hence the issue with contact us page. I lost the formmail icon in my cgi-bin on my hosting service, and not sure which one I was using before with my old style contact us page...

    I also had a link to home on the top which I forgot to put back up, so thanks for the reminder. As well as a refer a friend, customer letters, and products page... but I am just trying to get a functional basic site without all that jazz.

    As far as the payment screen, I agree, too many steps.... but to have a form that you can fill out with crdit card info it needs to be secure, which means having a static ip address and a SSL Certificate.. I had that all before... And nobody ever used it, so I may just eliminate the payonline feature all together.

    All great points, and I can tell you put some thought into your suggestions, I will be making changes daily, getting it in the best shape I can before April, so please... keep them coming!!:dancing:
  8. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Lawnscapes.... Ahhh I see your payment page now, using paypal so I wouldnt need the static ip and SSL.... Nice, very nice..... I like it I love it...

    I would like to use a spin off of your payment page if its okay with you... I will try to make it my own as much as possible.

    milsaps118.... I used Macromedia Dreamweaver 8... I believe Adobe now owns it and its called Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 of some crap... I like the older version when it was Macromedia
  9. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Lawnscapes.... nice site BTW.... I love everthing EXCEPT the nav buttons on the left, just the look and text looks too basic to me.... But what do I know, they are just not up to the look and feel of the rest of the site... Very easy to navigate though, I really like it!

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    Looks great nice work

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