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Re: What do ya think? (site review)
From Andy at Tracewell Systems on 3 Feb '00
replying to Re: What do ya think? (site review) posted by Deb

>Andy,
>
>It took a bit of time to load...but not enough to scare me off...
>
>My first impression was one of 'what a clear concise site this is',
>then I saw the graphic on your site map page (which should just be
>named 'home' IMHO), it was blurred, and this was probably deliberate
>on your part, but it didn't work for me. I think of the business your
>in (or promoting on the site) as very exacting...very precise.
>
>This would lead me to believe it should be represented in a crystal
>clear, sharp image format...as the white text on blue background is
>also crisp and clean...I found the fact that numerous pictures were
>unclear or blurry to be at odds with that 'look/feel'.
>
>I did particularly like the image under "Custom Printed Circuit Boards"
>the one with the hand pointing at the blue/green board...even though
>this was out of focus as well, it is so 'high tech looking' the impact
>is instant awe. Anyway, I'd recommend having another go at the graphic
>on the site map page and renaming that page 'home' on the navigation bar.
>
>
>Those were my first impressions visually...then noticed following:
>
>Think you should move the map of the U.S. on your contact page to the
>center and place the text/nav. bar above or below it. I'm on a 17"
>monitor and had to scroll right to see it completely...better not
>to have to do that if possible.
>
>The other urgent item is to increase the width of your contact form
>fields as many people's emails are longer than you've allowed for.
>and if they can't see all of what they've typed the chance for errors
>increases enormously...I'm sure the object is to populate a database
>with interested individuals then contact them back, so it's pretty
>important to capture the correct information.
>
>Think overall it's very functional, easy to navigate and pleasing
>to the eye...as for promotion...you win the prize for the highest
>number of 'unheard of' Keywords in the western hemisphere!
>What a list..:)
>
>Anyway, hope some or any of the above helps...
>
>Deb


Deb,

Thank you for the excellent review. One of my biggest challenges is the delicate balance between image clarity and file size. I need to go back over this point. I still have a few photoshop tricks up my sleave which might help. As far as sitemap/home, I think you have a very good point. It also might make sense to position it in the left part of the nav bar so it is easier to find. Good input on the Contact page too. As far as the key words...well...people actually find us by searching on COTS, NGIO, ruggedized and pizza box...go figure.

Andy




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