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Kyle2112

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09-09-2016 04:32 PM

Hello Group, I’m looking for some constructive feedback. In the last week we have built an online store and I’m looking for some feedback from a group I trust. We chose to use Weebly to host our pages. I don’t know how thrilled I am with the interface. Building and posting seems a bit clunky. Their customer service is awesome but that doesn’t totally makeup for the interface. We bought in for a year so it will be awhile before we change to anything else.
So what I’m looking for is:

If you were a customer, did the layout compel you to look around? If not what would?

Was the website easy to navigate?

What would you Add/Subtract from the site?

We still have a bit of work to do with the Social media thing and that is in the works. If you choose to look and provide feedback, I thank you for your time.
Kyle

www.WillowsWoodTech.com

-- Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. www.WillowsWoodTech.com


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jwmalone

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#1 posted 09-09-2016 04:56 PM

I liked it, its simple and to the point. One thing I read a mention of laminate somewhere. Every time I hear that word I think cheap 1980s furniture even though that’s not the case. Youre customers might not understand that id omit that word if possible. Nice work by the way.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Rick M

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 06:18 PM

Agreed, straight forward and simple, gets right to the product which is good. The wood header, “We create custom cutting boards…etc.” might be a tad large but otherwise it looks great.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Tabletop

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 06:33 PM

The only thing I would change is the quality of the pictures. On my phone and I pad the pictures seemed a little blah. The quality of work doesn’t fit the pictures if that makes any sense. The site is simple and straight forward and very easy to browse. Great work, you should be proud. I’m being knit picky only because you asked. Had to really try to find something so I asked my wife and she brought up the pictures. Leave it to her to find something…lol. Great job and be safe.

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Kyle2112

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 06:47 PM

So far, this is the stuff I’m looking for! Tabletop, knit picky is what I’m after. When I uploaded the pictures I think Weebly is doing something to them. I’m using a 24 megapixel camera, and bought special lighting and background for them to look good. Attached picture.
JWMalone, I hear you and your right…I need to find a better word. I’ve got laminate all through my descriptions.

Thanks for the input!

-- Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. www.WillowsWoodTech.com

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Rick M

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 07:21 PM

The pics are fine on a PC. Phones and ipads display low resolution images to save bandwidth.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 07:29 PM

I’m on a pc, now that’s it mentioned I don’t think the photos do justice to the work. But you’ve a really good starting point.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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Rick M

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 07:45 PM

Could boost the contrast a tiny bit but color reproduction looks spot on. They are certainly big enough, 4218×2560. I have a 24” monitor and they are 3X the size of my screen. I would drop the resolution to no more than 800p tall.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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MaurerPower

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 07:45 PM

As far as navigation goes, it may initially confuse some customers on where to go to find your products because your home page is your shop page. A customer may come initially to the “home” page and click the shop page and then become confused that they were directed to the same page they were already on. Perhaps separating the two pages would be a good thing to do.

Also, I don’t know if you can change things because you are using a template, but if you can, it would be cool looking if you could change the CSS so that the background is (where the very light blue or grey is on the sides of the page) a collage or a picture of one of your boards. It would not be too hard to edit the CSS to do that. To me, it would be interesting to see how that looks, but it could make the page look cluttered.

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 09-09-2016 09:42 PM

I would add a very simple board, so as to have an offering around $19.99. Woodworkers are only impressed with multiple colors, banding, inlays etc., however most consumers are also impressed by simple slab cutting boards or basic 2-color boards as well.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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SuperCubber

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 04:26 AM

I agree with separating the home page from the shop page. You could maybe add a collage of boards underneath the description of your company as a link to the shop page.

My other suggestion is to find a way to have your text pop a little more. Right now it blends in with the background too much (looks template-y). Maybe a very subtle drop shadow would do the trick?

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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jwmalone

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#11 posted 09-10-2016 04:42 AM

Keep it simple man, that’s why I like it.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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daddywoofdawg

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#12 posted 09-10-2016 10:28 AM

The maple looks like a white holly,and as a maple color your boards look nice,but when the maple looks like holly,to me it doesn’t look good.I’m not a photographer,but there must be a way to tone down the lighting so as to not wash out the lighter color woods.maybe a white or black backdrop and the lighting coming in from the sides. (I watched a couple youtubes about product photographing.) and insted of laminate,How about laminated. JM2C

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#13 posted 09-10-2016 12:14 PM

Very nice. 1 typo…..not a reflection of your work.

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Kyle2112

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#14 posted 09-10-2016 03:13 PM

Thanks everyone…..all good input. I agree with MaurerPower I need to have a simple home page with clear links to the shop/blog/about us. Rick and Daddy,I’ve got to do some work with the photos…I was in a bit of rush to get the site up and running and didn’t experiment with the different photo settings. Jimmiem, where did you find the typo…I’ll correct it. Pinto, this is kind of tough…shipping is free (about $10-12) so making a board for $9 is kind of hard…Although I was in retail for a few years and you are correct, something simple for sub $20 would be an excellent addition. Thanks again, everyone.
Kyle

-- Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. www.WillowsWoodTech.com

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JIMMIEM

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#15 posted 09-10-2016 04:54 PM

In the Blog section. there are many way to
Would read better as ‘ways’.

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