SITE REVIEW: SisterPlay.com

  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

This website was created by a group of women in Southwest Georgia--thus the name SisterPlay.com. Much of the material is related to women and the children in their lives, but we do get a few fellas to visit. We would appreciate your constructive and honest feedback on our website:

http://www.sisterplay.com


Thank you.
  • Anonymous
  • Bot
  • No Avatar
  • Posts: ?
  • Loc: Ozzuland
  • Status: Online

Post 3+ Months Ago

  • waffles
  • Student
  • Student
  • waffles
  • Posts: 67

Post 3+ Months Ago

Oh, the colors. I think I'm going to throw up. Remember in school when teachers would tell you that if you're going to change text colors you need to at least keep letters of the same word the same color? That applies to the web as well. Which means the banners, links, and anything else that does that all need to be redone.

Don't use Word Art to make banners for a website. It always looks bad. I can barely read the 'SW Georgia Community Resources' thing. Use an image making program, even if it's paint. It will come out better.

You need to pick a font color. With the font color changing so often it's impossible to tell what's a link.

While I'm thinking about links, there's no reason to have the text size change on the mouseover. It moves everything around.

Why is 'Submit your free business listing' two links?

Get some kind of rollover for your navigation. Especially when you have images set as the links, people need to be able to easily tell where they're about to go.

I went to see how many errors your site had according to the W3C code validator (you have 56) and most of them look like they're either from Front Page or Microsfot Word. Don't use those to make websites, especially Word.

It needs a lot of work. And while the counter makes it look like there have been a lot of people visiting I'm wondering how many of those were people associated with the site, how many were people refreshing or visiting the home page again, and where the counter started counting from.
  • downautospares
  • Born
  • Born
  • downautospares
  • Posts: 3

Post 3+ Months Ago

good site :)
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

Waffles wrote:

...went to see how many errors your site had according to the W3C code validator (you have 56) and most of them look like they're either from Front Page or Microsfot Word. Don't use those to make websites, especially Word.

It needs a lot of work. And while the counter makes it look like there have been a lot of people visiting I'm wondering how many of those were people associated with the site, how many were people refreshing or visiting the home page again, and where the counter started counting from.



I knew we would get the don't use FrontPage comment... We know that, but that is a done deal. FrontPage was used to build the site from day one. I'm not sure what you mean by Word errors. We're not starting over and we are really novices at this, so we will do our best to use your feedback within the parameters of FrontPage to improve. We started the counter at "0"--three years ago. The initial site was YouthPlay.org. Everything else grew around that site--culminating into SisterPlay.com. There is also swgamenusonline.com. And then the blog. And the discussion board. We were a Google site at one point and really got quite a bit of traffic through that partnership. We also get quite a bit of traffic from people making their way to the discussion board. And from the blog and the menu. Depending on what is going on we get slow traffic and heavy traffic. YouthPlay is probaby our steadiest ticket item and we don't have a counter there. And lastly, sorry we made your stomach sick.
  • waffles
  • Student
  • Student
  • waffles
  • Posts: 67

Post 3+ Months Ago

Front page is adding bits to the code that aren't valid at all. Some of it is close, some is just way off and I have no idea where it's coming from. FrontPage and Word both do that, with Word being a lot worse about it.

It's not the fact that FrontPage doesn't make you learn 100% what you're doing, it's that it does a crappy job of doing it for you.
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

Sometimes I write articles in Word and paste them to FrontPage. I only do that on the "Articles" page, so I would not expect that to be all over the website. I may have done a little of that on on the index page as well. Again, that's two pages. Could the majority of the errors you are getting be generated from these two or three pages? Or is the problem more pervasive than that?
  • waffles
  • Student
  • Student
  • waffles
  • Posts: 67

Post 3+ Months Ago

I only looked on the home page. From a quick look most everything else is a lot better. The 'YoutPlay' page needs to have the colors changed, that green just isn't good for text on top of the white.

But the home page being that bad is a big deal. It is most likely someone's first impression of the site.

From your first post in this thread I'd guess that someone involved has children. If you're lucky, maybe they have some website making skills that can be put to good use.

I know you don't want to hear about how bad FrontPage is. But it adds so muchc rap to your code it's not even funny. It makes the code nowhere near valid, which means that anyone using a screen reader won't see the site the way you inteded. Different browsers may display things differently. Also, it uses more bandwidth because you're wasting space on things that just aren't doing the job as effectivly as valid code.
  • 8everything
  • Beginner
  • Beginner
  • User avatar
  • Posts: 41
  • Loc: Canada

Post 3+ Months Ago

I like how your site is content rich, but I would update the overall layout design to something more modern :) (look up web 2.0 designs).
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

Am I hearing you folks correctly? Are you suggesting we rebuild this entire site using a development tool other than FrontPage?
  • waffles
  • Student
  • Student
  • waffles
  • Posts: 67

Post 3+ Months Ago

Yes. And that tools name would ideally be Notepad.

You don't really need to start over if you do this. Run your page through the validator that I showed you earlier and fix what's wrong. The basic structure isn't that bad.
  • bizgainer
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • User avatar
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

wooow too colorful, please change it as soon as possible. its pushing the visitors away for sure.
  • mae
  • Novice
  • Novice
  • User avatar
  • Posts: 27

Post 3+ Months Ago

Macromedia Dreamweaver even if they're putting in additional codes into the page is better than Frontpage, I think, and it also has the interface like Frontpage so you will not get lost as well... I have to say that you must not paste your articles from word since that is worse than creating pages in Frotnpage since it includes loads of unecessary chunks of codes. What you have to do is paste the article from word to notepad, then paste it on your editor then put your every paragraph into <p > </ p> tags.

I suggest that you read a lot of tutorials on html so you'd be less reliant on frontpage :) We've all been there so you'll be okay in the long run ^.^ Just read a lot :D
  • beefykoala
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • beefykoala
  • Posts: 9

Post 3+ Months Ago

Looks like one of the first website ever created. Great if your going to the classic look.
  • charlie_lang
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • charlie_lang
  • Posts: 7

Post 3+ Months Ago

I like the look--kinda funky. It is the first site I have looked at tonight with some content depth. That advice column is a hoot. If I were in that part of the country it would be my homepage--it appears to connect to everything and everybody.
  • ryaninja
  • Novice
  • Novice
  • ryaninja
  • Posts: 20
  • Loc: UK

Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi, as a man, I'm not really your intended audience, and I'm no professional web designer by any means, but here are my comments as a visitor to your site....

1) I'm with some of the others here when they talk about the colours... they do assault the eyes a bit! :) It's best to stick with letters of the same colour for words, don't mix and match the colours of the letters. It's not nice to look at, and it's also quite difficult to read. If you must go with this colouring on the letters, contrast it with a dark background.

2) The site looks old, like it was made ten years ago. The different word text effects look a bit cheap, almost like an early demo page for MS Word, to show off what you can do with text. If possible, keeping the effect on the text constant for the menus (at the top) would provide an easier view for the user.

The layout isn't bad, and I do like the look of the Youthplay inc are on the bottom right. If you can change the look of the other panels so that they are more matched to this, I think might be a bit nicer.
Overall I thik the problem is that the person who designed this is trying a bit too hard to make it look flashy. A more understated site will often look better. Currently nothing really jumps out of the page at you, because everything is so colourful and brash, it's hard to find a focus point.

Sorry if my comments seem a bit negative, but my first reaction when I loaded the page, was "ouch!". :P

I liked your blog. I know your blog is using a standard blogger template, but maybe you could try formatting your site in a similar colourscheme to that. It's clean and not overbearing, and then visitors would know that your blog was affiliated with your site, just from the colourscheme and format alone....
  • Steve_gts
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • Steve_gts
  • Posts: 6
  • Loc: UK

Post 3+ Months Ago

A lot of your headers are graphics, that will not help you in the search engines, you would be better changing any which contain keywords or terms to text links.

I did the same thing with my site initially and it jumped up the SERP's when I changed it
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

We are going to make changes. We are really just trying to figure out the best way to go about it. There are a lot of choices. Thank you for your feeback. We are not offended--bruised, but not offended.
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

We know we have some major work to do on our site and we are trying to decide on the best way to go. In the meantime, we are working on at least making the homepage tolerable. Please take a look at the changes we have made. We are aware some of the likes are not yet hyperlinked.

http://www.sisterplay.com
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

Deleted
  • Cold Canuck
  • Proficient
  • Proficient
  • User avatar
  • Posts: 400
  • Loc: Michigan, U.S. of eh

Post 3+ Months Ago

The text you have chosen to place on your banners is aliased..that means the edges are jagged and not smooth.

I'd recommend that when you have the chance, redo those images, but remember to use the anti-aliased option.

This was quick and dirty, but you can see the difference it can make.

http://paradigmwebdesigns.com/images/sp_banner.gif
  • waffles
  • Student
  • Student
  • waffles
  • Posts: 67

Post 3+ Months Ago

Have to agree with that one.

I still don't like the YouthPlay.org link being different colors. It's fine on the banner. But for anywhere else, it needs to stay one color.

And consider centering the entire thing. I'm at 1280x1024 and there's a ton of unused space on the right side. Even for people at 1024x768 there's a lot of unused space on the right. Centering it would cut down on that and make it look a lot better.

You've done a good job with the redesign.
  • joslyn
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • joslyn
  • Posts: 6
  • Loc: Bombay,India

Post 3+ Months Ago

I think you it looks too amateurish, the contents good but the design layout definitely need to change.

Do check http://www.coolhomepages.com/ you will get some ideas of the latest trends in web design layout


Regards
Joslyn
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

My homepage is on a table. I have centered the table however it remains uncentered on the page. Does any one know what I can do to center the page.?
  • chrisinbc
  • Student
  • Student
  • chrisinbc
  • Posts: 74
  • Loc: Victoria, BC

Post 3+ Months Ago

I think it is a nice site, though I don't like the color of the home page.
  • rinetto
  • Born
  • Born
  • rinetto
  • Posts: 4

Post 3+ Months Ago

arlinder wrote:
This website was created by a group of women in Southwest Georgia--thus the name SisterPlay.com. Much of the material is related to women and the children in their lives, but we do get a few fellas to visit. We would appreciate your constructive and honest feedback on our website:

http://www.sisterplay.com


Thank you.


web site made by women! :D but it's nice
  • arlinder
  • Newbie
  • Newbie
  • arlinder
  • Posts: 12

Post 3+ Months Ago

arlinder wrote:
My homepage is on a table. I have centered the table however it remains uncentered on the page. Does any one know what I can do to center the page.?


Any suggestions?

Post Information

  • Total Posts in this topic: 26 posts
  • Moderator: Website Reviewers
  • Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests
  • You cannot post new topics in this forum
  • You cannot reply to topics in this forum
  • You cannot edit your posts in this forum
  • You cannot delete your posts in this forum
  • You cannot post attachments in this forum
 
 

© 1998-2014. Ozzu® is a registered trademark of Unmelted, LLC.