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    Each year I'm able to I redesign my site. I'm a web designer who mainly works with scripts like vBulletin, Wordpress, Joomla etc. The site is not finished yet as I'm still adding products to the store layout and making a few "tweaks".

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    First off the colors are really hard on the eyes, and there is a lot of information on the home page that at first if confusing. You should put the agreement and tutorials on their own pages not all crowded on the home page but maybe that is just how you have the vBulletin set up.

    I think what adds to the confusion is you have the "register" section on top where people would normally look to find out what your site is about so I would make it smaller maybe just ! (icon) "Register to see more Content" and call it good.

    The purple text on the dark background doesn't work very well. I would suggest trying a lighter background which I think would work great as well as make your colors pop better, specifically the logo.

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    Just looking at the front page, I want to say that the colors don't feel right. I've never seen a website use dark purple in the background ... and I think it's because dark purple doesn't really fit in with moods people try to evoke from viewers.

    I'm guessing you want to make a fun, light-hearted site, judging from your mascot (gecko) and the Christmas graphic. However, your colors destroy that mood you're trying to achieve. I suggest turning it into a light-theme. I think content is okay, but it doesn't feel right with the dark theme.

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    Yeah the whole site is an eyesore. If you want to maintain that kind of color, you may check this collection of purple websites, just for inspiration http://pelfusion.com/20-sophisticate...r-inspiration/
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    all the main points have been said,

    bad color scheme, move the agreements and licences to a footer link to a separate page, and resize images manually, dont force them to be a different size - they don't display well.

    latest shop images being a good example - http://www.skinsnstyles.com/microcar...es/nophoto.gif

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    Here's how I look at the color thing...it bothers everyone else, but it doesn't bother me quite as much. Do I love it? Not really. But I don't hate it either. It's okay...and it's different. I'm good with different. Most people have a hangup about it...me, not so much.

    Buuuut...it really doesn't matter what I think as far as the colors are concerned. Doesn't matter what Fireproofgfx thinks. Doesn't matter what Ron thinks. Doesn't matter what any of us think, including you. What matters is if your target market likes it and they're buying. Are they? If not, then you screw with it.

    Check your spelling, though. There "may be" some content. "GMail" or "Gmail" (both are acceptable, but at least the G should be capitalized as it's a proper noun), etc.

    I'm not totally surprised by this, but everyone completely missed the biggest conversion issue that you have because everyone excessively focused on the design. Neil came the closest, but missed it slightly. The key thing you're missing is contact info. I don't even see a phone number, and ideally an address (it's not really necessary for something like this, but at the very least a phone number is in order). If you're going to sell things online, you need to give people an easy non-email way to reach you. And it's not like it's expensive to get a phone line either...heck, get yourself a MagicJack for $40 and a cheap cordless phone with call display from Wal-Mart (they usually have some good ones in the $20-$30 range) and you're golden. Even if people don't call it, you can use the MagicJack to call all over North America for free.

    The reason Neil came the closest is because he also touched on the privacy policy/terms/etc. You need those, but as he said on they need to be on their own page. That's part of buyer confidence as well...make the terms easy to find and easy to understand. Your terms are pretty straightforward, but as Neil said they need to be somewhere else.
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    1. Privacy Policy, Terms Of Use etc do have their own page. vBulletin 4.2 now has a built in CMS system and this is how the CMS is set up. I have made it where they do not show on the front page.

    2. The colors. I realize lots of people do not like dark colors. For me a bright white site HURTS my eyes lol, not to mention sites that have white backgrounds tend to be very bland and boring IMO. So the colors really are not going to change right now. I've spent quite a lot of time on hand coding the skin templates & various areas in the site so a complete color change cannot happen.If I find in the future once the shop portion is live (its currently is not as I'm still adding things and coding things in it) that sales are not as they should be then I'll address a possible color change.

    3. Someone said something about the purple font? I'm assuming that they meant the link colors? That is something that I can look at and change to a more legible color making it a bit easier to see links. The regular fonts, for the most part, are not purple, they are white or a light gray.

    4. The register box...sigh, I've cut this little box down quite a lot already. I can cut it out all together and have a widget on the side I suppose, but I don't know if that will cause too much in the side column. I do not want to get too much stuff on the side because a lot of people do not scroll down to the bottom of the site.

    5. Resize images manually? Have no idea what you are talking about. In the image code I have the proper image sizes so I'm at a loss as to what you are saying. I'm not forcing any images to be a size they are not so I really have no idea what the problem is. Wait....do you mean on the sidebar? Yeah tried to get that stupid bar to have the images look better but I'm afraid that is NOT within the design. That is within the cart itself that is installed on the site. There have been numerous template code changes I've had to make with that cart to make it look proper or at least close enough to where it does not bug the crap out of me. So I'm afraid that there maybe no way for me to fix that

    6. Where do you see the Gmail spelling problem I'll fix it. Once the site is done I'll be going back through it to make sure the spelling is right, I'm kinda fanatical about spelling myself.

    7. I do not have a phone number for the site. I will not have one for a few months as I cannot currently install a phone where I am in my current living arrangement. I'm thinking about using a cell phone for the few months until my situation is remedied and then switching to the MagickJack. I was already planning on getting one and using it for the business and establish a time that the phone is answered and use it for a fax machine. But that cannot happen right now I'm afraid. Most of my regular clients I give my personal cell phone number if they need to discuss stuff on the phone.

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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    under latest shop items -- on the right hand side bar,

    you have 2 items/images.

    http://www.skinsnstyles.com/microcar...es/nophoto.gif - the image is naturally 150px 150px,

    your code: <div class="cms_widget_content widget_content">
    <table width="100%" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" align="left"><img width="50" border="0" align="left" style="padding:3px;" src="microcart/images/nophoto.gif"><a href="cart.php?do=viewproduct&amp;productid=204" target="_self">Install IPBoard</a><br>Price:&nbsp;$&nbsp;25.00<br></td></tr><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" align="left"><img width="50" border="0" align="left" style="padding:3px;" src="microcart/images/nophoto.gif"><a href="cart.php?do=viewproduct&amp;productid=203" target="_self">Install phpBB</a><br>Price:&nbsp;$&nbsp;25.00<br></td></tr></tbody></table>
    </div>

    you are forcing them to display at 50px, when they are sized at 150px, hence why the images look pixelated and poor quality.

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    you could simply resize that image to 50px by 50px, or change the code. (look into cms_widget_content widget_content)

    hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neicawse, post: 245641
    you could simply resize that image to 50px by 50px, or change the code. (look into cms_widget_content widget_content)

    hope that helps!
    Sorry but I tried that already. You cannot do that with the little silly cart widget. Unfortunately the cart widget is rather buggy. I originally wanted to have that widget above the content on the left, but there are numerous code errors and problems with the code presenting as I wanted it. I will probably have to work with it in the future. That is something that has made me crazy as well. The cart that I bought has quite a few issues. It works out of the box but was not templated properly IMO. The template code is horrendous


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