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Re: Help! Site critique please.
From Craig Boas at French Accents Antique Furniture on 6 May '00
replying to Help! Site critique please. posted by Mini

>Please help me! Could you please tell me what I need to do to make my site more attractive, also could you tell me what you might think of my One-Of-A-Kind gifts, I'm going to be adding more, but right now this is all I offer. Any comments are greatly appreciated.

First of all, it's a nice site, and I like your products, but I do
have a few technical suggestions that might make it better. First off,
your link color is too close to your text color - for people who view
your site with link underlining turned off, it's a bit hard to tell
where the links are. I see that you use a "hover" link color, but
that doesn't help your visitors until their mouse pointer passes over
a link, and even then it only works in the later versions of MSIE.

Second, you need to consider the placement of your site content in
relation to your background on different sized screens. I run at
1024 width and 2/3 of your content appeared on the white area and 1/3
was on the yellow area of your background. To fix this, you could
either left-justify your content or change your background graphic
(extend it and/or get rid of the yellow). Personally I *like* the
background and I'd advise just left-justifying, but that's a design
decision you need to make.

You're a little heavy on the banner ads and such. I counted nine
graphics/insets that were ads or otherwise not really part of your
site. One per page is fine, but a long list of banners detracts from
the page's appearance.

The link entitled "Come watch the slide show of our bibs!" takes me to
a screen that asks me to please wait, but nothing ever happens.
There's a menu there, but no slideshow. Is this something that works
only in MSIE?

Finally, the shopping cart looks very different from the rest of your
site. I realize this may be something that you can't fix, but the
site would benefit from a more "integrated" shopping cart screen.

Looking at the code, the words baby and gifts appear more than three
times each in your keywords meta tag. Some search engines will
penalize you for that (other people may have more insight into this
aspect of the site) so if you're having trouble getting listed under
those words, you might try changing that.

Just my 2 cents worth. Hope it helps. Feel free to browse to my site
and return the favor (or return fire, depending on how you look at
it ;-) http://www.faccents.com)

Craig




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