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Padre

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01-29-2010 02:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: web site website new advice question turning arts and crafts traditional

I finally attempted to make my own website. This is in its preliminary stages. I have the pages done but no work on it yet because my one and only camera bit the dust. Hopefully I will have a new or newer camera by this weekend to start taking some photos.

http://www.penmanchip.com

Please tell me what you think. Be honest, but not brutal, ok? :)

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8


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#1 posted 01-29-2010 02:31 AM

Looks real good. I especially like the background.

The only suggestion I’d have at this point is to reduce the number of pages it takes to show the types of wood by adding 2 or 3 columns per page. Also it would be nice if the size of the wood photos could be increased somewhat.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 02:32 AM

Thanks Joe, I’ll see if I can teach myself how to column! :)

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 02:43 AM

hi chip ,
your site feels very comfortable ,

good luck in this endeavor !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 03:26 AM

Without spending too much time looking I noticed one thing for sure. The logos and the picture look like cropped pasted .jpg’s. If you know how, it would look much nicer to make the circular logo Circular without the white b/g and the same with the one on the right. Only you’d have to change the color of the text on that one. I believe you’d have to create or find backgroundless .gifs. The picture’s fine but its overhanging the background on the top and maybe add a shadow or something to make it look like a photo on the background? It’s a little hard to tell that the buttons at the top are buttons. Maybe bigger text? or even make them have some sort of border around each of them so they are well defined? Also the Search looks kind of out of place. It also is over hanging the background that it is on which makes it look like an afterthought. Kind of like, Hey I forgot to add the search, and then popped it in where ever. These are merely design issues because I can see that you know plenty about the craft. Otherwise, nice.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 03:41 AM

The Cursive Font on the introductory page makes me want to not read it.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 07:20 PM

Good ideas one and all, and I’ve incorporated ALL of them into the site. Take a look.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 07:23 PM

Good start

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 09:11 PM

I too like the background… Good looking site and really want to see what you will posting there!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 09:23 PM

Chip – for the front page (home) I’d put a picture which shows a collection of your pens – which will make a person the clicks on your webpage immediately SEE what it is that you do, and get a “wow” effect that will make them more interested to read more about you and browse the rest of your site. currently the front page is text only – and requires one to scroll through the page to read it all. most people won’t be held on your site by that, and will click away.

think more visual

the writeup on what’s currently your home page can be posted in the “about us” page, or “shipping/purchasing faq” page of some sort.

other than that- you’ve got a good start.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 01-29-2010 10:07 PM

I´m with Purplev but the side is too dark for my taste I´m more to the lighter side
but ceep up the good work

Dennis

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#11 posted 01-30-2010 04:11 AM

Looks better. I agree with purp, that message doesn’t grab attention. It could go on an about the site type page. I like the old font on the header. You’ve opened up yourself to so much critisizm that you will so many differing opinions on it but looking way better.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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#12 posted 01-30-2010 05:49 AM

Purp,
I agree. I will move that message, and as soon as I get a camera I will start taking photos of my pens and stuff, and make a kind of ‘collage’ for the home page.

Thanks again everyone, keep looking, it will keep evolving.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#13 posted 01-30-2010 07:33 AM

Hey Padre, I really like the site. It’s unique. Doesn’t look like the same old mundane sites others have. Good work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 01-30-2010 08:46 AM

I have ran several websites over the past 8 or 9 years, and a few of the things I have learned to avoid are present on your site.

First, the page counter needs to go, it is common on amateur websites and should be avoided on a commercial venture site.

The header text seems a bit odd… i would recommend something a bit blockier, and a more complimenting color to the background. Perhaps a darker shade of green outlined with a lighter color to make it stand out.

I am not sure if you have pictures up at all for the front page or the pens themselves, but I cannot see anything on the front page other than the background, links and header.

Your pages take a while to load. Without pictures, your front page loads 920 KBs of data… when you start adding pictures of your product, that is going to really slow down your site.

They say you have about 3 seconds to capture the attention of a modern day web user. If you can’t load your page on slower systems within that time-frame, you will lose potential customers.

You are using lots of Javascript which looks nice, but some browsers will not work properly with it, and some users will have it turned off not allowing them to see the links.

I also noticed you are using images for the complete background. This is probably where a lot of your data loading is coming from. I would recommend looking up some sites that specialize on CSS design, and research methods of applying those techniques to your site. The loading time of your pages will go significantly faster with browser set background colors, and minimal images for your background. I have used www.CSSzengarden.com for inspiration in the past, and you can reverse engineer most of their pages to suit your purposes.

-- San Diego, CA

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