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Forum topic by Blake posted 02-08-2009 11:43 PM 3813 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blake

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02-08-2009 11:43 PM

I just finished the new website for our tool shop “Drew’s Used Tools.”

Let me know what you think. Functionality, look, etc.

Thanks!

DrewsUsedTools.com

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com


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ChrisBabayco

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 11:49 PM

Looks pretty good- I’m not crazy about the “Open 7 Days a Week!!!” banner that follows your mouse on the homepage, but hey, now I know that you are open 7 days a week…

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 12:14 AM

Blake, it looks good. But I have to agree with Chris about the banner. You learn to ignore it after a few seconds. I navigated around the site without any problems.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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majeagle1

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 12:21 AM

Good job Blake, website is easy to navigate and looks interesting. I’ll be stopping by next time I’m down.
I agree with the “tag aglong banner” on the mouse though, I have always found them to be distracting.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Karson

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 12:55 AM

I agree with the open 7 day trailer.

But I see you got you website in as a link. But not LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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whit

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 01:51 AM

Well, Blake, so far, you’re 5 for 5. That banner is REALLY annoying. Otherwise, looks good.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 01:55 AM

Website is great but the trailer following the mouse is annoying.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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juniorjock

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#7 posted 02-09-2009 01:57 AM

I’m with the others on this one. Good site. The trailer gets old after about 2 seconds. A major distraction. Good luck with your store.
- JJ

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 02-09-2009 02:15 AM

Cool looking website.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Robert

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#9 posted 02-09-2009 02:27 AM

+ whatever on the banner…

I’d check with the manufacturers about using their logos if you’re not an authorized dealer (for new product) of that brand, most (if not all) are pretty picky about that.

I’d at least try a version with a light background and dark print. Centered font looks more like headlines than text.

Maybe try breaking up the block of text with some of the pictures (or v.v.) Maybe a two column look. The pics seem grainy, maybe knocked down too much?

They do provide a good idea of what is available.

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interpim

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#10 posted 02-09-2009 02:44 AM

If you want an honest critique, the website looks a bit amatuerish. A proffesional website should be pleasing to the eye, have intuitive navigation and no distractors. In the WWW if you don’t grab the customers attention and show them what the site is about in the first few seconds, they will leave.

First I have to echo everyone else… The Cursor Text needs to go. Black backgrounds are good for video game websites, band websites etc.

I would recommend a lighter color background with a contrasting text color which is easy to read on multiple color settings. Check out this website for suggestions on color combos. http://www.colorcombos.com/index.html

-- San Diego, CA

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juniorjock

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 03:39 AM

Well….... you did say “let me know”... I think there are some good suggestions here. Professional is the key.
- JJ

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pickles

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#12 posted 02-09-2009 04:01 AM

looks god +1 on losing banner

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 02-09-2009 04:01 AM

I didn’t even notice the banner thingy. I was hoping to see some used tools for sale. I wish we had a store like that here in Idaho.

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Nils

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#14 posted 02-09-2009 08:21 AM

Blake – I’m happy that Drew’s now has a website! I agree that the mouse thing is annoying. Regarding the color and whatnot – I think the site is kind of charming, like the store is. You’re not a big corporation; it’s a mom and pop operation and I think the website is suitable for that. I’d suggest that for your target market, you’d be better off focusing on content (like tool listings, and making sure the Specials page is kept up to date) than beautifying the site.

Also, make sure you’re paying a bit of attention to search engine optimization so the site will show up on Google, at least for searches like “Santa Cruz used tools” and “used tools Bay Area”. For that matter “tools bay area” – forget about “used.”

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#15 posted 02-09-2009 09:09 AM

Not bad. Looks like you guys have a few tools. I would like a list of all the old hand tools you have. I am always looking for good old hand tools. Planes and spokeshaves you know old woodworking tools.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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