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    Okay, so it's not exactly new, but I've spent the past 4 months completely revamping the old site (a complete re-write). I know that it's not going to be to everyone's taste, but looking for any constructive criticism.

    Site is located at www.computer-recycling-cambridge.co.uk

    Here's a quick run-down on the site:

    1) Template design took 3 months, built around CSS with no Flash and Java to kickstart ie6.
    2) Designed to inject completely different way of thinking into what I see as a pretty mundane product when it comes to marketing
    3) I've designed the site to make it more user interactive and readable than most. I'm hoping that the bounce rate on this site will be below 40%?!?

    I've optimised the site considerably, but if you're outside the UK, I think the speed may be a little low (2.1 secs in the UK)
    Pagespeed scores the site at 95%.
    If you're knowledge of CSS is good, please take a look at pagespeed issues with the CSS- it doesn't like the number of levels to my flyouts (crap coding on my part).

    I've tried to remove as much redundancy fro the CSS as possible, using position:aboslute rather than position:relative and avoiding using too many containers!

    Finally, I design on a mac and then review on a PC, but on this site the 2 look pretty much identical side by side. I've had to specify things like line-height for the fonts, as there's issues with ie not displaying like the more CSS compliant browsers. However, Opera won't play ball with non-standard fonts. Can anyone suggest what type of fonts Opera needs to see in order to work? Does it even matter with Opera? I've checked G's webmaster tools and it looks like less than 2% of visitors use Opera.

    Forgot to say, trying to avoid Flash on this site as it's designed for B2B and a lot of businesses won't allow employees to have Flash installed on their PC's. With Apple not supporting Flash on their new handhelds (iphone, iPad), I'm a little wary of adding any flash to a site that could potentially be viewed through these platforms as well.
    Last edited by richardtj; Jun 18th, 2013 at 12:52 AM.

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    Hi - I went to look at your code and it's all on one long line, massive side scrolling required - did you do this on purpose?
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    Site looks pretty good. Loaded well in chrome when I viewed it the first time. The only big issue I see right off the bat is the RSS icon in the bottom right hand corner is a different size then the rest of the icons lined up next to it.

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    Hey

    A really great site overall! Good design and nice colours, I don't think the Rss icon really makes much of a difference, the problem I would say is when you hover over
    Contact >
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    the green banner covers the word so you can't see what word you're hovering over, you need to get the writing to change colour when you hover over it, so you can see the word, it's a little change but worth it I would think.
    I do really like what you've done with the three coloured boxes and the way they drop down into the white space but that white space looks totally out of place, in my opinon you should have the first box automatically dopped down so the white space is filled and then just make it change to the other boxes when someone hovers over them

    That's all really, best of luck hope i've helped

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    The functionality of the top left menu was a bit confusion, I would suggest that you have the actual menu text over that green tab when it comes up, not under. I get the cambridge image and all but I didn't see any pics of computers anywhere on the site, is that on purpose? The content on all of the pages seems a little bit too much open space to me, maybe an image or texture? I really like both the footer you have and the image at the top of the business.html page. Being that your kind of selling your biz as advanced technology, I think it suits it a bit more.

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    In addition to the comments above I would say that some of your elements overlay others but it shouldn't. For example the widely commented above green banner covers the header image or the green and the purple text area overlay some other text. If you dont want people to read it why you even put it there? I found it complicated.

    Also the same look of the pages actually made me believe that you have only one page. Going through the menu does not give the impression that the pages are changing. The user needs a lot of focus to notice that the content in the colorful boxes is different. At least swap the colors on the pages, that would give some impression that new information is available.

    I am also wondering why the text appears on mouse over but not on click. And more I am curious why the page reloads on click when actually there is no need to. It's unprofessional! I would suggest to add onclick="return false;" in the tag, but overall I thing your site would be more friendly and close to the users' behavior if text appears on click not mouse over.

    In conclusion I would say that the site looks boring to me with those same and same pages and adding more"fun" to it would not be bad.
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    I looked at this in Chrome. It looks pretty good. A few things I would change would be - When hovering over your top left menu, the ribbon appears and the word is covered. It would be good to keep the text over the ribbon at all times.

    Although it looks good all your pages being the same layout. I agree with tothepoint that it is hard to tell each page is different unless you really notice the text change. Perhaps you could add a design element to each page that would change as you change pages. Even something as simple as the menu tab that you are currently viewing to show differently.

    Another aspect I would change is instead of just being able to see the text when hovering over the box within your pages. Also give an option to click on the box and the text stays up until I click on the next box. This way your user can view the text without their mouse having to be hovered on it.

    Hope this makes sense and helps you a bit. ;-)

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    I also looked at in Chrome and thought it was a really nice design, The first thing I noticed was the links disappeared after hovering over them, (as already pointed out) also you don't seem to have your logo pointing back to your home page not a real drama, However it is usually the first place clicked to get back Home.

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    I think it looks pretty decent on the whole - my major piece of advice would be to pick more subtle gradients as the ones you have used look like the kind of thing you might find on a powerpoint template.


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