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PCRepairWV
02-15-2010, 07:14 AM
Okay guys, so what do you think? I designed the logo tonight, I think it came out pretty nicely. I'm open to any suggestions if you have any though. I realize the content is kinda lacking right now, but that's because it's a work in progress! Let me know what you think of the logo and the theme being used. :D

http://www.pcrepairwv.com

iisjman07
02-15-2010, 08:45 AM
I like it, I think it's pretty cool site

activeits
02-15-2010, 09:08 AM
Okay guys, so what do you think? I designed the logo tonight, I think it came out pretty nicely. I'm open to any suggestions if you have any though. I realize the content is kinda lacking right now, but that's because it's a work in progress! Let me know what you think of the logo and the theme being used. :D

http://www.pcrepairwv.com

I really like color scheme, too many website that use colors that blend into each other, but really like sites that use deep colors. Really like the DSL Widget, going to look at the code and might add it to my site too.

The only comment I would say, if a new potential customer found your site, they might be put of with the customer information you have on the first page. I know you have got their premission to put that there, but I think you get where I am coming from.


Thanks

MobileTechie
02-15-2010, 10:00 AM
Looks nice but I would be concerned that the main landing page does not make it instantly obvious what you do, where you do it and why I would want to pick you. It looks like it might be a blog or magazine site.

PCRepairWV
02-15-2010, 01:30 PM
I like it, I think it's pretty cool site

Thanks!

I really like color scheme, too many website that use colors that blend into each other, but really like sites that use deep colors. Really like the DSL Widget, going to look at the code and might add it to my site too.

The only comment I would say, if a new potential customer found your site, they might be put of with the customer information you have on the first page. I know you have got their premission to put that there, but I think you get where I am coming from.


Thanks

Thank you for the in-depth critique. I'm trying to make all my business sites use different color schemes because I think I'm going to maybe to like a glossy orb thing (I know, horrible description) on my JTekNet page that will allow you to choose PCRepairWV or SiteDesignWV. I JUST rolled out of bed so what I type may not be the most impressive writing I've ever done. I'm going to remove that client name and also omit names from now on. I think I'll just the job description, this will serve the game purpose and allow new customers to inquire who a certain job was performed for if they'd like to see if they were satisfied or whatever. Also - the DSL widget is in the plugins db on wordpress. Speedtest widget, I believe it is called.


Looks nice but I would be concerned that the main landing page does not make it instantly obvious what you do, where you do it and why I would want to pick you. It looks like it might be a blog or magazine site.

What's your suggestion on the best way to make this evident? I really was going for the blog style because I want my newest content to come up at the top for new customers to see that I'm an "active" business, ya know? I see where you are coming from where it may not always have a story up top showing what I do. Wonder if I can get in and tweak it to have that widget that's showing "about us" as a div along the top in a "banner-style" wide rectangle. I'll have to play with it, not the best at CSS, but good enough to use the position element. Hopefully that's all I'll need, but I'd say there will be more to it.


Also - I'm coming from http://www.jteknet.net being my main site to PCRepairWV.com so if you'd like to look at the first and tell me what you like the most on it, I'll definitely try to migrate it over to the new site.

If anybody is wondering why I'm doing this, it's just because I think it will make everything look a little bigger... bigger companies are back in again (according to some article I read in entrepreneur magazine anyway) and if you look around, branding is everywhere. We even have this forum and the other marketing forum to prove that we like the idea. I just think it'll look more professional having JTekNet as the corporate entity and have SiteDesign by JTekNet and PCRepairWV by JTekNet and then who knows what I'll come up with 6 months, a year, or 5 years down the road and want JTekNet to take care of. Just trying to get the structure right early in my company's life than try to restructure when I'm known only as "JTekNet" which is horribly hard for a non-techie (like my market) to spell, say, or figure out how to pronounce by looking at it.

MobileTechie
02-15-2010, 02:19 PM
The way I look at at, and I'm no expert, is that people find your site from a search and they are searching on some terms like "compter repair London" or whatever. I suspect they want to see those terms or very similar ones when they visit the site. I also think that since they are usually clicking on several sites in the results page that they need to see their needs met in a matter of seconds. I don't think they look too hard before pressing the back button. If you convince them to call right now they might not look at the others in the search.

So I look at any landing page as advertising poster or flyer. So you need a headline that meets their needs, a picture that lets them know what you are offering is what they are wanting, some benefits they want to hear about and a call to action to the next stage - e.g. your phone number writ large and clear. That way they click on the link, like what they see and call.

I don't believe they are interested in seeing news, articles, the latest virus warnings etc at that point. Sure they might be interested in those if they are searching on those or if they are regular customers who use your site for those reasons, but then you should have a seperate page for that. I personally don't think there should be any distractions from the main goal which is to tell them what they want to hear and get them to contact you.

Different sites work quite differently. Technibble for instance is very much about articles, forum and information. So it makes sense to have some of that on the main landing page.

In your site http://www.jteknet.net/ you don't say what you do. You have a whole page there and in all that valuable space is a massive picture of some computers, a did you know (which is actually quite a good thing since it sells something), and some news about you being snowed in! I cannot imagine that is an optimum use of space. When people look at a web page they start at the top left and scan the banner area so that must tell them what you do in text and maybe a picture or icon. The bit below that in the middle of the screen is the key information area. People expect to read that once the banner has told them it's worth proceeding. The the left column is the next most important area so a menu which informs is fine or some boxes or whatever that sell some benefits or make some useful sales point.

Try it out for yourself. Think of some service you want or whatever, search on it and look at the websites quickly and decide who to go with. Notice what you look at first and what you think about. You have about 10 seconds and a square foot of space to sell your service that means you have to say something clearly and quickly, you cannot say too much, you cannot have too much on the screen that takes away from what you are saying. A picture can say a lot of it instantly.

kagman
02-15-2010, 02:21 PM
Hey whats up.. Ok i like the logo.. its cool and i get it... Great!! :) The colors for the site are really nice to. My problem is that the main page is not clean. Im sure its just me but the hole 3 colomun layout is not working for me. Maybe just have 2 colomuns.. Colomun 1 shows your the blog entires and the second colomun could be your Tags, search bar, twitter feeds etc etc..

--Jose--

PCRepairWV
02-15-2010, 05:06 PM
The way I look at at, and I'm no expert, is that people find your site from a search and they are searching on some terms like "compter repair London" or whatever. I suspect they want to see those terms or very similar ones when they visit the site. I also think that since they are usually clicking on several sites in the results page that they need to see their needs met in a matter of seconds. I don't think they look too hard before pressing the back button. If you convince them to call right now they might not look at the others in the search.

So I look at any landing page as advertising poster or flyer. So you need a headline that meets their needs, a picture that lets them know what you are offering is what they are wanting, some benefits they want to hear about and a call to action to the next stage - e.g. your phone number writ large and clear. That way they click on the link, like what they see and call.

I don't believe they are interested in seeing news, articles, the latest virus warnings etc at that point. Sure they might be interested in those if they are searching on those or if they are regular customers who use your site for those reasons, but then you should have a seperate page for that. I personally don't think there should be any distractions from the main goal which is to tell them what they want to hear and get them to contact you.

Different sites work quite differently. Technibble for instance is very much about articles, forum and information. So it makes sense to have some of that on the main landing page.

In your site http://www.jteknet.net/ you don't say what you do. You have a whole page there and in all that valuable space is a massive picture of some computers, a did you know (which is actually quite a good thing since it sells something), and some news about you being snowed in! I cannot imagine that is an optimum use of space. When people look at a web page they start at the top left and scan the banner area so that must tell them what you do in text and maybe a picture or icon. The bit below that in the middle of the screen is the key information area. People expect to read that once the banner has told them it's worth proceeding. The the left column is the next most important area so a menu which informs is fine or some boxes or whatever that sell some benefits or make some useful sales point.

Try it out for yourself. Think of some service you want or whatever, search on it and look at the websites quickly and decide who to go with. Notice what you look at first and what you think about. You have about 10 seconds and a square foot of space to sell your service that means you have to say something clearly and quickly, you cannot say too much, you cannot have too much on the screen that takes away from what you are saying. A picture can say a lot of it instantly.

I always try to get high rankings on the keywords "Computer Repair WV" and "Computer Repair xxxx". xxxx being cities I service. I agree on the back button, my bounce rates in analytics support that theory. I'm actually changing the theme completely. I liked that one because it took an image from your posts and put it up to make the site have some more graphics, although this may be a bad idea for dial-up customers, and also it makes it a little too busy. I just found a theme and played around in photoshop to edit the header image to make it look pretty nice. If you'd like to see it, check out http://pcrepairwv.com/?theme=abundant to see what I've gotten so far.


I suppose it'll be best to make my "services" page my first page of my site and then the current "home" page as a "blog" button in my navigation. That will bring them straight in on services and if they choose to look around they can. Also, as far as getting them to contact me, I put my phone number IN the header image. Also, "Computer Service from Flatwoods to Morgantown West Virginia" has been added to get the message across instantly that if you are between those areas, we'll work on your computer.

JTekNet.Net is going to be a complete re-write that is going to be more of a corporate site. I might even use a flash design. *gulp* Only thing that scares me about doing that is SEO might be horrible compared to what I can achieve in wordpress with the right plug-ins. We'll see where that goes later. As of right now I'm still working on SiteDesignWV.com and this site trying to get them up and running. The corporate "big brother" site to the other two doesn't matter for now.

Hey whats up.. Ok i like the logo.. its cool and i get it... Great!! :) The colors for the site are really nice to. My problem is that the main page is not clean. Im sure its just me but the hole 3 colomun layout is not working for me. Maybe just have 2 colomuns.. Colomun 1 shows your the blog entires and the second colomun could be your Tags, search bar, twitter feeds etc etc..

--Jose--

Thanks for the compliment on the logo. It's changed a little on the new site, but it's still the "power sphere". Just spaced a little differently with the PCRepairWV By JTekNet. I'm also changing to a two column layout instead.

kagman
02-15-2010, 05:17 PM
Yes someone has finally taken my advice.. My life is now complete :) Good luck Justin.


--Jose--

MM PC Solutions
02-15-2010, 09:02 PM
Woot! :D

http://www.mmpcsolutions.co.uk/stuff/dsl.jpg

PCRepairWV
02-15-2010, 09:40 PM
Woot! :D

http://www.mmpcsolutions.co.uk/stuff/dsl.jpg
Hmm, how did you do this? Photoshop it? lol

MM PC Solutions
02-15-2010, 09:58 PM
Hmm, how did you do this? Photoshop it? lol

The speed you mean?
Nah, I'm just on a nice fast internet connection (50mb's). :)

PCRepairWV
02-15-2010, 10:59 PM
The speed you mean?
Nah, I'm just on a nice fast internet connection (50mb's). :)
So the junk on my site only goes up to 12 meg? That what it is in the graphic, isn't it? 99,999kbps/8 bits = 12,499kBps / 1024 kB per mB = 12.206 MBps?

PCRepairWV
02-16-2010, 03:35 PM
Okay, after I've gotten two comments by people on my site (literally, comments on my posts on my site) I'm going to keep the same theme. What I HAVE changed though - is the page that wordpress sees as the main page. It's now my services page. Have a look and let me know what you think. Still a work in progress, but it's up nonetheless.

EDIT:
Ehh... changed my mind. I'm going with the theme the signature link goes to!

kagman
02-17-2010, 02:09 PM
Better layout.. Very nice... Not sure if its on my end but the images you have on the right side of the main webpage does not look right at all..Those poor images seem somewhat stretched out.

Overall so far man its coming out nicely... :)



--Jose--

PCRepairWV
02-17-2010, 02:25 PM
Better layout.. Very nice... Not sure if its on my end but the images you have on the right side of the main webpage does not look right at all..Those poor images seem somewhat stretched out.

Overall so far man its coming out nicely... :)



--Jose--
http://pcrepairwv.com/?theme=abundant There's the real bread and butter. ;) Just have the other theme up as it will direct you to articles since I haven't had time to get my services page completed.

Business is booming around here because all my competition are a little below skilled and a little above priced. ;) I've been hearing a lot of complaints about them lately. Personally, I think they are all GREAT at what they do and I hope their client base continues to GROW. /smirks

Luudee
02-17-2010, 07:48 PM
defff looks better then 90 percent of pc repair sites. i would take some of that bevel off your logo. takes aways from the proffesional look.

PCRepairWV
02-17-2010, 07:52 PM
defff looks better then 90 percent of pc repair sites. i would take some of that bevel off your logo. takes aways from the proffesional look.
Take the bevel off the text? All of the text in the header? Just a certain part?

MM PC Solutions
02-17-2010, 09:30 PM
I do like the look of the site however..

The width of the site is a good fit, the length is to long imo.

The pictures (including your header logo) I believe are way to big.

Personally I'd reduce the size of the images to at least 75%.

Remember that not everyone has a high resolution, so checking the site in various resolutions is important. :)

bagellad
02-19-2010, 05:00 PM
Great website, what did you make it with?

BTW your data recovery prices are way to cheap, people will pay a lot more to get their info back.

kagman
02-20-2010, 01:27 AM
wow its really pretty now.. dam.... I agree with the other guy... You need to reduce that main image big time.. But again i love the site.. nice colors.. Its like being in the x-mas spirit :)


--Jose--

iptech
02-20-2010, 01:45 AM
Its like being in the x-mas spiritIt's like I imagine the inside of an abattoir to look. Why all the red?

Try to focus on the services you're selling and why people need them rather than what you can give away for free.

This page contains concepts and ideas we just havenít released yet. Please check this page for updates on the newest test-drive services and products we are offering!
Why have it there at all if there's nothing to offer?

It looks to me like you're trying to make your offered services and skills fit a web template rather than have a website fitted around the skills and services you can currently provide.

copparedds
02-20-2010, 02:42 AM
website not workin for me.

PCRepairWV
02-20-2010, 11:29 PM
defff looks better then 90 percent of pc repair sites. i would take some of that bevel off your logo. takes aways from the proffesional look.

Took the bevel off - don't know if you've looked at it since.

I do like the look of the site however..

The width of the site is a good fit, the length is to long imo.

The pictures (including your header logo) I believe are way to big.

Personally I'd reduce the size of the images to at least 75%.

Remember that not everyone has a high resolution, so checking the site in various resolutions is important. :)

Header, I can work on. I don't know how it would look having a skinny one with a lot of white space on each side though?? Suggestions?


Great website, what did you make it with?

BTW your data recovery prices are way to cheap, people will pay a lot more to get their info back.

It's a wordpress site. I make all my sites in Wordpress unless I can find a better fit... i.e. openrealty for realtors.

Thanks for the hint on the prices on data recovery! :)

wow its really pretty now.. dam.... I agree with the other guy... You need to reduce that main image big time.. But again i love the site.. nice colors.. Its like being in the x-mas spirit :)


--Jose--

Thanks Jose, glad you like it. I'm getting ready to address the slaughterhouse comment in a second, funny that nobody "SAW" (pun intended) that way but him. I wasn't going for Christmas-y, but it works! Everyone loves Christmas...


It's like I imagine the inside of an abattoir to look. Why all the red?

Try to focus on the services you're selling and why people need them rather than what you can give away for free.


Why have it there at all if there's nothing to offer?

It looks to me like you're trying to make your offered services and skills fit a web template rather than have a website fitted around the skills and services you can currently provide.

Well, firstly - I'm sure everyone will agree with me when I say... you gave no constructive criticism at all. Secondly, I'm sorry that you are such a dark-souled individual as to think of nothing but blood and gore. Not very many people associate red with blood first thing. I think I'll stick with Jose's Christmasy feeling. :) The reason it's all red is because I want red to be the branded color of the business. JTekNet is going green and SiteDesignWV is going to be blue. I'm going to play with "RGB" idea and see what creative marketing ideas I can come up with all three colors.

I probably do have a reference to something free in there, but I'm sure whatever reason I have it - brings me more business and establishes a better relationship with my customers than had I not put whatever you are making a reference to up on my site.

If there's nothing there to offer, why did I get a comment on the BLOG the day I released it? Come on, don't take jabs at me, man. Give me suggestions. Every suggestion I've been given thusfar on here for my web site, I've acted upon and put into practice.

website not workin for me.

Sweet. Glad you don't like it. That means you can help me improve it. Now, tell me why you don't like it.

shill
02-21-2010, 12:13 AM
I have to say that I like the site a lot.

The few things I would change are as follows: reduce the size of the main image, remove the white around the main image, on the testimonial page I don't see a place to actually post one even though the text asks you to. If the feature is not available yet I would suggest saying something along the lines of, "The ability to post a testimonial will soon be available." or something along those lines. Other than that I think it's a pretty good website!

.:Shaun:.

PCRepairWV
02-21-2010, 12:16 AM
I have to say that I like the site a lot.

The few things I would change are as follows: reduce the size of the main image, remove the white around the main image, on the testimonial page I don't see a place to actually post one even though the text asks you to. If the feature is not available yet I would suggest saying something along the lines of, "The ability to post a testimonial will soon be available." or something along those lines. Other than that I think it's a pretty good website!

.:Shaun:.
Thanks for your comments. Working on it right now! I'm adding my twitter updates right beside what USED to be a HUGE header (main image). I also moved my navigation to touch your toolbars almost because it was wasting a lot of space. After resizing and moving the logo up to touch the navigation I moved the main page content WAY up so now you aren't scrolling just to get to the "meat and potatoes" of the site. Adding a twitter widget now! *heads over to twitter.com*

PCRepairWV
03-21-2010, 07:19 AM
Hey, not to bring up an old topic... okay, yeah I am.

Just wanted to see what everyone thinks now. I have done a lot, I'm sure there are things you'll hate, and love. Let me know what you think though and I'll see what I can do about it. I want my site to be the best it can be, and I know with your help, that can happen! :)

pcSAVANTS
03-21-2010, 07:32 AM
I think it looks good!

I would only suggest you modify the pictures or the container with the text. Some of them are real close to the text (avast, mobo, laptop) could just be firefox. Not that big of an issue tho.

PCRepairWV
03-21-2010, 04:29 PM
I think it looks good!

I would only suggest you modify the pictures or the container with the text. Some of them are real close to the text (avast, mobo, laptop) could just be firefox. Not that big of an issue tho.

I see what you are saying. I'll check and see why some of them are doing that. I'm just using the built-in "add picture to post" feature of wordpress so it shouldn't be doing that on some and not on others. Unless the one that it's not doing it on has a transparent border in the picture. That would explain that, in which case, I have no idea how to fix it. Suppose I'll do some debugging. :D