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    Red face I am new here ~ my website for review and feedback :)

    Hi guys! I've been joining a few new forums recently.

    I've been a freelance web designer for a while, and used to work for a web design company as a designer/developer. I've started up my own company now and moved into an office with a couple of business partners.

    Our website is: [EDIT: moved to URL box by TheGAME1264]

    I made it. It's nothing special, nor is it responsive. All I'm concerned about at the moment is the SEO side of things. So, your comments are welcome and wanted! On both the design and flow, and the SEO. (I'm targeting Web Design Colwyn Bay and Web Design North Wales)...

    Thank you.

    I will check out some of the other websites posted to this site too!
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    It almost looks like you used a downloaded theme. Based on the evidence, though, it seems you haven't.

    I mean that in the best possible way. Your design is solid, and I don't have any major gripes about it from a visual standpoint.

    For me, that puts you on a higher plane, and your code needs to look as good as the design, and be mostly if not entirely original. One issue I noticed is that your class names aren't consistent. Part of that is just Wordpress vs. how you coded it, and there's nothing that can be done about that. However, when you go from "home_post_excerpt" to "wdnw" (which means nothing to me), you're inconsistent. Your inconsistency is by no means awful, but could maybe be addressed.

    Also from a code standpoint, you're loading 10 different JS files. Among them, it seems, you're using quite a bit of copy/paste effects for your page. Don't get me wrong, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, if you look at the site I have linked in my sig, you'll notice I've done the same. Granted, I built that theme like 6 years ago. I feel like if you can design to the level you have (and I've reached this conclusion after I built the theme for my current site), you should, on your own site at the very least, script from scratch. Does that mean you should NEVARRRRR implement jQuery plugins? Nope. I just feel like if you have the capability to implement a really good design, you should display your talent from the ground up, taking no shortcuts...on your own site.

    I guess what I'm getting at is that your own site should represent the apogee of your capabilities.
    Last edited by Ronald Roe; Aug 08th, 2014 at 03:43 PM.
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    Let's pretend hemanthmalli's generic brainless drivel doesn't exist. hemanthmalli: if you post something that generic and silly again, I'm going to ban you for post count inflating. This is your one and only warning.

    As far as the SEO aspects of your design go, John, here's what you need to know about SEO and that no one else seems to have the brains or integrity to say outside of WDF...SEO is like makeup. If properly applied, you can't notice it. If not, it makes the wearer look like a cheap whore. If you hadn't told me what keywords or phrases you were trying to target, the Colwyn Bay phrases are obvious. They look extremely tacky and they completely ruin what is otherwise a very nice design. Your content is as much a part of your design as the graphics, CSS, etc. are.

    I know why the phrases are there...exact phrases will help you "rank more highly" than usage of words. However, there's a lot more to SEO and to search engine referral traffic than just exact phrase matching. Search engines take hundreds of factors into account, and to isolate and worry about an individual factor means that you stray away from the bigger picture. You're also targeting a relatively small geographic area, so just mentioning the name of the area should be enough. Mind you, you probably won't get that much traffic from it since Colwyn Bay has a relatively small population, but at least you won't have to sacrifice your design for an "SEO reason" (which is never a good reason to do anything).

    Use the phrase if and only if you can make it fit organically. Web Design Colwyn Bay or Web Design North Wales isn't something you'd say to someone at a party to describe what you'd do, so don't use it on your copy.

    As far as the site itself goes, Ron pretty much echoed my thoughts.
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    Thanks for your thoughts guys, I really apprecaite that you took the time to look at this! I will certainly give SEO more consideration, rather than applying it cheaply

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