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Nathan
03-27-2011, 12:26 AM
Hey guys,

Started setting up a website today, I don't class it as finished since there is some changed I want to make, but as a start, can you guys please tell me what you think?

I'm not a website programmer either, so it is html, very basic stuff :)

http://nathanscomputers.co.uk/

rapidcom
03-27-2011, 01:12 AM
IMO there is too much empty space. Also, I find the grayish text a bit hard to read and the font size a bit too small.

Nathan
03-27-2011, 01:48 AM
Thanks.

Yeah these are the things I mentioned when I said I was going to change things.. I need to fill it out and I think the text size could be bigger.

rapidcom
03-27-2011, 02:17 AM
I like the design overall, just need a bit more content. Also, some graphics couldent hurt.

Nathan
03-27-2011, 02:20 AM
Okay, thanks mate :)

TLE
03-27-2011, 02:31 AM
It's also worth noting that by law in the UK, you are required to disclose your business address on your website.

I also noticed that according to WhoIs, your website has a Registration type set as Individual. You should really get this changed to reflect your business type. Mine is set to Sole-Trader.

rapidcom
03-27-2011, 02:43 AM
It's also worth noting that by law in the UK, you are required to disclose your business address on your website...

Wow really? Im in the states I had no idea that you guys in the UK had to do this.

Nathan
03-27-2011, 03:00 AM
Oh! I also had no idea I had to do this, thanks TLE!

I'll look into it.

mrbarnes86
03-27-2011, 03:56 AM
I like layout.

main thing I noticed, is that white small and bold text is a little 'annoying' to read, at least on my monitor and on default text size. Maybe it's just me :)

If your like me and hate having the vertical scroll bar appearing on some pages, and not on others, thus shifting the layout over, use


overflow-y: scroll;
overflow: -moz-scrollbars-vertical;
overflow-x: auto;


in your html { } css.

16k_zx81
03-27-2011, 04:00 AM
I dont mind the theme or the colours. The font consistency is good. Navigation is simple and straightforward. Those aspects have all been executed very well.

If PC repair is a hobby for you, the website is fine!

If you plan to run a business using a website I would suggest getting one built professionally, or, doing some research, by (a) reading as many GOOD pc repair business sites as possible, and (b) reading the body of knowledge in the website critique section of the Forum.

As a professional site, you have a lot of work to do.

Did you do a Google search of local repair companies before you built the site?

Have you checked your competition online?

-- your basic goal should be to set up a site thats in every way superior to the online presence of your competition. At the moment, there's a lot of development required to get it up to scratch. Im not saying the local sites in Nottingham look spectacular by any means, a lot of them are not. However, its all about appearances, and currently, you may want to rethink the amount of work required to get a site thats truely competitive and will make you money by effectively marketing your services better than the other google results your customers will find when they look for computer repairers in your area.

Cambridge PC Support
03-27-2011, 07:45 AM
Nice site, check this out though:

http://www.technibble.com/turbo-charge-your-computer-repair-websites-sales-potential/

16k_zx81
03-27-2011, 10:04 AM
Nice site, check this out though:

http://www.technibble.com/turbo-charge-your-computer-repair-websites-sales-potential/

Thanks for the plug :D

Nathan
03-27-2011, 10:10 AM
Thanks for the tip mrbanes86 :)

I dont mind the theme or the colours. The font consistency is good. Navigation is simple and straightforward. Those aspects have all been executed very well.

If PC repair is a hobby for you, the website is fine!

If you plan to run a business using a website I would suggest getting one built professionally, or, doing some research, by (a) reading as many GOOD pc repair business sites as possible, and (b) reading the body of knowledge in the website critique section of the Forum.

As a professional site, you have a lot of work to do.

Did you do a Google search of local repair companies before you built the site?

Have you checked your competition online?

-- your basic goal should be to set up a site thats in every way superior to the online presence of your competition. At the moment, there's a lot of development required to get it up to scratch. Im not saying the local sites in Nottingham look spectacular by any means, a lot of them are not. However, its all about appearances, and currently, you may want to rethink the amount of work required to get a site thats truely competitive and will make you money by effectively marketing your services better than the other google results your customers will find when they look for computer repairers in your area.

Yeah, I see your point, I have been rethinking it since I started making it, I have a much more professional layout I could use, its just I need to think of more content first.

As to my local competition.. Here are a couple I know of: http://www.sphinxcomputers.co.uk/
http://www.denosdiagnostics.co.uk/

Sphinx Computers is probably a bit more professional, but I think it's really clattered and I don't like layouts like that.

Thanks Cambridge PC Support for the link:)

Cambridge PC Support
03-27-2011, 10:22 AM
Thanks for the plug :D

aha, so you're the mystery Jim! ;)

fantastic article btw

Cambridge PC Support
03-27-2011, 10:28 AM
As to my local competition.. Here are a couple I know of: http://www.sphinxcomputers.co.uk/
http://www.denosdiagnostics.co.uk/

Sphinx Computers is probably a bit more professional, but I think it's really clattered and I don't like layouts like that.

Thanks Cambridge PC Support for the link:)

omg the Sphinx one is horrible!

yw, but you should thank Jim Sinclair for the fab article!

Nathan
03-27-2011, 12:31 PM
Yeah, well imo their bad all together at what they do lol.

Ill be building a new site up later btw with a more professional look :)

rapidcom
03-27-2011, 07:37 PM
omg the Sphinx one is horrible!

yw, but you should thank Jim Sinclair for the fab article!

:eek: WOW! You got that right. I dont know if I have ever seen a horizontal nav bar that full.

MobileTechie
03-27-2011, 08:12 PM
It looks like a classified ad rather than the front page of a website.

I don't think I'd be impressed if I were a potential client.

Martyn
03-27-2011, 08:49 PM
omg the Sphinx one is horrible!

yw, but you should thank Jim Sinclair for the fab article!

Denosdiagnostic has to be the worst ever for content. :)

Nathan
03-27-2011, 10:04 PM
Hey, just a quick update, can you guys tell me what you think now?

HUGE changes, completely dropped that other thing, wasn't happy with it..

http://nathanscomputers.co.uk

What do you think? Imo.. It's alot more professional.

I think this layout will definately be staying.

EDIT: Just noticed, It doesn't seem to work at all in IE.. :\ but works in Firefox.. So taking it offline for now sorry guys, should've checked this first! lol

16k_zx81
03-27-2011, 10:14 PM
Its not rendering at all for me in FF 3.6

Page load gets half-way through top banner then blank for the remaining 90% of the page

Nathan
03-27-2011, 10:16 PM
Okay, yeah taking it back down to look at the problems, hopefully will be up again within a few days haha

Nathan
03-31-2011, 11:20 PM
Right..

Here's an update, so I had a free template which I downloaded (the one which wouldn't load for you guys), i completely rewrote it from scratch, and with a little help and a little while later..

Voilą - http://nathanscomputers.co.uk/

Hope you guys all like it :D

EDIT: The problem before was HTML5 and bad coding in the first place, lol

rapidcom
04-01-2011, 02:15 AM
I like it! I do think that you should remove the livezilla button at the top of the page. IMO it looks out of place.

16k_zx81
04-01-2011, 03:10 AM
ff 3.6 @ 1920 the grey texture flickers when I scroll. If its doing this on my machine, chances are its doing it on others. Consider changing the texture.

you need to populate services list (rh side of services page)

Logo.

Martyn
04-01-2011, 07:45 AM
Nice website. You need a phone number on the first page.

Cambridge PC Support
04-01-2011, 08:33 AM
I like it, but I'd lose the apostrophe in your header

Nathan
04-01-2011, 05:03 PM
Thanks guys :)

Yeah few things I will be changing, texture for sure, it does that on my machine and quite frankly it annoys my eyes lol.

Yeah will remove apostrophe, looks abit out of place..

And as for the livezilla button, where else could I place it, or should I just leave it on the support page? and forget it on the others?

StauntonComputerRepair
04-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Before you do to much work on content you need to figure out what your keywords will be and create content around them.