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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Hi
    Could you please review my new WebSite.
    I need it to be good because it is my business WebSite. Can you believe that I have been doing this stuff for 6 years and this is my first WebSite promoting my services!

    PS I know I havn't inserted my meta tags yet!
    http://www.urban-studios.com/index.htm

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    ~~~ This site is approved ~~~

    Good clean site. More brochure like than actually driving for that sale. Why would I want to pick you over anyone else? Links to clients in the portfolio would go a long way to provide a sense of security and allow potential customers to take the next step.

    You should also provide a contact form instead of an email link. People provide better questions and answers when presented with options instead of freeform thinking.

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    WLuke - you read my mind.
    I actually did the whole thing (graphics and HTML) in one night because I wanted to print my business cards and wanted something up there.
    My next job is to design a couple of forms. A contact form and possibly an order/quote form.
    My second job is to ask my clients permission to link to them as a matter of courtesy. I have a question though. I did quite a few jobs whilst I was working full-time last year for a multimedia company. Do you think it is ethical to mention those jobs, the reason I ask is that theoretically they belong to the company I worked for!

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    On your own personal resume you can mention work you did for a company under hire as long as you don't take 100% of the credit. I wouldn't provide links but if you wanted to put up some sort of resume then go for it and describe the work you did.

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    Nice site. Just one thing I would stear clear of your company for.
    Your prices seem to be a bit high
    999 pounds (can't find the symbol) is roughly =to AUS$2000 which in my book is a bit steep. (Just said that so your site didn't sound perfect but take warning to it)

    Also I don't have any other refrence for english design company prices, and you do have something like a 17.5% GST to cope with. (I think).



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    Very well laid out...I agree with Wayne that it doesn't seem to be "driving" for a sale...but the layout is clean, highly professional, loads decently and let me surf the site without any trouble at all.

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    Webmastermattd:
    It may seem high to you but that includes web hosting (which I believe is pretty high in the UK), domain name registration and the page itself.

    Now compare that with the average database-driven ecommerce site with no frills but the necessary basics of SSL, encryption, transaction processing and financial software integration (ok so its not basic but it should be). In the U.S. these sites are going for $25,000 to $50,000 each. This is for a basic site "cookie-cutter" site.

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    Nice choice of colors and a good, solid domain name. However, I would change the logo as it's hard to read, and all sort of blends together..

    I didn't realize that those were cog wheels until I saw the alt tag come up

    On your second paragraph, it shows "..as multimedia specialists we can.." very indented away from the other text and detracts from overall reading

    I would change the link and vlink color to something more brighter, because the dark blue and dark purple make it almost fade into the background..

    However, I'm sure these are all changes you're planning on making anyway, since you only created this site in one evening. I applaud your efforts

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    I agree with Sparkie that the logo is hard to read. First I thought that there stood 'urban studio' since the 's' was very hard to see.
    Some other things:

    -The picture on the 'home' page is hard to understand. If Sparkie hadn't said that it were cogwheels I probably wouldn't have seen it.
    -On the services page, you get those textlinks, but on my resolution (1024x768) they're quite small and hard to read with blue on blue.
    -The 'about us' page has a button of the HWG on it, but the text above it ('member of') is the same as on the rest of the page, this should be another color, font or size.
    -The contact page has three links: one for the company, and two others for 'Nicky' and 'John'. As a potential customer, I would ask myself: 'Who the heck...?'. Your name is mentioned on the 'about us' page, but I couldn't find a trace of 'John'. Another problem is that there's no mention of where someone should mail to, just '1 for the company, else 'Nicky' or 'John'. Pretty vague...

    The overall impression I get from the site is that it's very professional designed and technically everything seems to work perfectly (even though I'm using Netscape).
    Only the 'Portfolio' section could be a bit bigger with something more than just text.
    Great job!

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    I won't add too much here. I like the overall impression of the site and am amazed that you could do such a nice job in such a short time!

    One thing I would definitely do is have someone with proofreading/professional writing skills go over you site. I noticed a few things immediately on the "About Us" page. First, in the third paragraph, first line, "advice" should be changed to "advise", I believe. Also, in the last paragraph, first line, leave out "together", so that it reads "We also work closely with . . ." I didn't spend a lot of time on the other pages, but some of the other phrasing sounds just a little unrefined.

    I assume a once over of the text was on your agenda of things to do to the site, but just in case it wasn't, I thought I'd throw in my two cents. Good luck!

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    Thank you for all your comments - they are really constructive.
    I have been thinking about changing the logo but I am a bit stumped as to how - any help would be appreciated.
    As to the link colors. I will try and make them lighter - although I do not wish to deviate from the standard link colors!
    Content- yes I know it is poor, but it was 4am before I finished!
    Prices - They may sound high but wluke is right, in the UK the Web Design companies are raking it in because they are overcharging like mad. Have a look at http://www.it-bytes-design.co.uk/
    They charge 300 pounds for basic hosting!!!
    Thanks again.

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    Sorry I forgot to ask - any advice on how to drive for that sale?

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    Keep in mind who your target audience is, whether it be business owners or newcomers to the web. Ask yourself what you would want out of a consulting service if you were one of them. Usually you'll start thinking up a good list of adjectives to describe your site. It helps to write them down too.. Just try to keep in mind what your customer is looking for from your site, and design around that.

    I hope it helps!!
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    As posted earlier by another member, "nice, clean site." There is nothing technically wrong with your design, but it is not the site that I will remember a few months from now-- Add some more lively colors, opposites work well sometimes. Make something pop out and interest me, the impatient visitor. Just a few ideas for you.

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    Hi Nicky,

    This logo is much better indeed. I really do like the pic of the cog wheels although I'm not sure why it is there.

    As far as the driving for that sale aspect as discussed above I'd say that a nice and clean designed site is an USP on itself. I personnally don't like sites claiming how good they and their service are.

    One thing I would change is the color of the links used on the services page.



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    Its a web design, etc site, right?
    Okay, for the most part, its consistent layout. I would add a contact e-mail form for people to contact you easily. I also would add a currency converter for those from other countries that would consider you. Maybe underline the package names so people know that they include such and such. I agree with any other poster who said you should include links to your other clients. How is someone supposed to know what the other sites look like?

    Those are my comments

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    Don't get too close, I bite! Nicky's Avatar
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    There is an email link on every page to webmaster@urban-studios.com.
    As to underlining, I can see your point but as a rule people are used to links being underlined so it is bad usability to underline words that are not links.
    You are correct about the links to the clients but I am checking with them first to make sure it is ok.


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