Need A Layout Review, Please.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 12:39 AM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:26 AM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:31 PM
So, spread out the top row of links... also try a slightly smaller font but in bold.
Little bit taller on the logo bar section.
For the text boxes, double margins on all 4 sides between the content and the box edge.
Extra padding top n bottom for the heading of each box.
Bottom menu is beautifully spaced.
What are the key things you want people to do? I would have guess that 'add a business' was quite important? If so I'd stick a big button on that front page near the magnifying glass. Same on the page about adding a listing. At the moment you expect people to read the great big long text, scroll below the fold and find an itty bit text link to 'register'.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 07:28 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:06 PM
Thanks guys, i like some of your points very much. I will use those points when planning the next phase of remodelling. It sounds like this design is already better than my previous ones .
Posted 17 July 2011 - 11:15 PM
Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:40 AM
- put the top nav under the logo
- move the search field and/or category to the left, depending on what's more important
- add more context to categories, if they are important
- improve text/background color contrast in the footer
I agree, however, that you need to define what's more important and:
- move that to the left/center part of the page
- highlight it with larger size
- make it obvious what your conversion is and why it is important for your visitors
Edited by A.N.Onym, 18 July 2011 - 01:41 AM.
Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:54 AM
My game plan for the night/morning (i work at night) is to create the important content; emphasise and SUMMARISE the front page to quickly highlight and guide the user to the important elements of the website; and to fix the top nav to reflect this change, etc.
I think by tomorrow night / tonight (it's 03:30 here) i will have a MUCH better website. Thanks to all of you, for your input.
Posted 23 July 2011 - 05:40 AM
Do you think that it looks better the way it is now (hit refresh), or, with the Alternate Theme (testing theme)?
If you open the main menu at the top, there are 2 small links on the bottom left of the menu when it opens, titled "Default Look" and "White (testing)". Clicking on them will switch between them. The white theme is not done, and i'm kinda stuck on what more to do with it. On some pages it just feels a lot cleaner and more Professional; but on most pages it just feels plain and empty...
Can you guys give me your opinion on which looks better so far? I would greatly appreciate it.
Posted 23 July 2011 - 04:16 PM
Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:28 AM
It doesn't have the easy usability seen on many directories. I'm sure it is very logical but as a user I'm just not sure what it is I'm supposed to do.
The homepage needs to drop everything except for the business search. The location setter is great but secondary to the main focus of the search which is to find a business.
To this end the top navigation becomes irrelevant - if you have the search box in the main body then you don't need the all in one drop down (which confuses the hell out of me as each link displays exactly the same menu).
Drop the boxes/borders. Having boxes actually reduces conversions as the edges hold the eyes in a particular area - they get to the edge of the box and no further.
That's my thoughts for today.
Posted 26 July 2011 - 05:47 AM
I think that you're idea with the search bar is a good one, and i will find a way to implement it on the front page.
As far as the rest of the site, now that i'm settled on a design, i'm going through now and working on ways to improve USABILITY.
After that, i'll go back to working on features, etc.
Also, since all of you have been helpful, let me know if you want a free listing, and it's yours. Just sign up, and send me a message telling me which email you signed up with, and i'll credit your accout myself, so that you can create a free premium listing. If you're not interested, i won't be offended.
In case someone else sees this statement LATER, this offer is only good for those who have already helped me in this thread, AND any user or staff member who has helped me in ANY other previous thread. (in a nutshell, that would be anyone who replied to any of my threads before 2011-07-26 11:50:00 UTC)
Edited by ionisis, 26 July 2011 - 05:50 AM.
Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:34 PM
There's already people listing jobs and businesses on their. I'm just happy to see it come this far. I've been working night and day on it for about 2 weeks now...
I still like design #4 the best
Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:51 PM
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