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    Hi guys,

    I'd really appreciate some constructive feedback on this site. The client is a friend and basically gave me free reign on the design of the site. I checked out other sites of this type and chose a Wordpress site and customized it. I was given a bunch of pictures and chose the layout, etc. I haven't figured out how to incorporate SEO into this site yet. Google Analytics, etc.

    So I'm not all that happy with the banner. The client wanted it simple and loves it but I think it could be better.To me, it looks too bare but he's not interested in maintaining a FB page or twitter, etc.

    Also, I think it needs more content. Again, the client is quite happy with the site the way it is. Since this is my "test" site I'd like to optimize it if I can.

    Any constructive feedback would be appreciated. (Try not to be too harsh! It's my first site! )

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    The wooden background is usually very overused (even by me!), But I must admit it fits in quite well here. Here are a couple of points you might want to consider:
    • add some colors to your logo
    • the font for captions under pictures is a little too small
    • get rid of the view counter.

    I could help you you need to install Google Analytics, and we have an SEO genius on these forums that I'm sure will jump in.
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    Hi George,
    Thanks for the feedback. The logo is the original artwork for his business card so I can't change that but maybe I could add a gray/white or black and white picture in the background?

    I take your point about the font size and counter and will work on that.

    I'd be very interested in learning more about SEO and Google Analytics. Sounds like it's something I need to install on the site? I'll add it and see how it works. Maybe you could tell me what I need to be looking for?

    Thanks again.

    Alanna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanna Baxter, post: 221706
    Hi George,
    Thanks for the feedback. The logo is the original artwork for his business card so I can't change that but maybe I could add a gray/white or black and white picture in the background?

    I take your point about the font size and counter and will work on that.

    I'd be very interested in learning more about SEO and Google Analytics. Sounds like it's something I need to install on the site? I'll add it and see how it works. Maybe you could tell me what I need to be looking for?

    Thanks again.

    Alanna
    I can't help you with search engine optimization, but I can get you started with google analytics. GA gets installed to your site via javascript, and when you go to the GA page, it lists a bunch of statistical information about your site. For example, there's the number of visitors, % of unique visitors, their location, etc. To get started, go to the GA page, and you can take it from there. Google is usually great at explaining things!
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    Thanks, George! I'll check it out!

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    Nice looking site Alanna =)

    I do agree with you about the header, ways to get around this is to move the Search bar up to its in the middle, extend it abit more and ad a Go or Search button to the right of it.

    With the logo. I would remove the background color and make it have a transparent BG instead of the white it currently has.

    Oh 1 more thing. To prevent spam do this style email in the footer and your contact form

    name(at)domain(dot)com <--- Automated Spammers wont be able to spam the email that way :P

    Other than those, very nice site. =)
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    Thanks for the great tips, m3n0tu18!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanna Baxter, post: 222061
    Thanks for the great tips, m3n0tu18!
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    Very nice, great layout as said by others you should move the search bar from the top right.

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    You have 20 errors and 3 warnings.
    I like how clean the site looks.
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    But of course, if you dig deeper, itís really how it works.
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