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    New to all of this but please review

    Used a website builder and created this

    Home Decor Hull Ltd

    a few things to mention
    Signed up for google business and updated records
    created a facebook page and twitter account
    https://www.facebook.com/HomeDecorLtd15
    #homedecorhull
    Done all the tagging on the website

    Not done anything else.

    Please be aware the website is 5 days old and new items will be added to the stock. The plan is to have the first page on wallpaper and paints to be a navigation page to the categories rather than loading up all the pictures when you click on one of these.

    Also plan to make changes to the checkout page.

    Thoughts, advice for this newbie?

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    remember I'm a newbie though please guys

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    Hi Jimmy,
    One immediate suggestion, why not make the "About Us" it's own page, rather than having it on your home page. When someone travels to your site they should see what they are looking for and if they'd like to know more about your company specifically, then I'd include an "About Us" page and they can navigate there. That way they are not arriving to your site looking for your product and greeted by an article of "about us" rather than your products.

    Also I'd suggest having a link on your home page to contact you like for a call or maybe even a instant message for questions, a funnel for the interests that allows easy access to you.

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    I really like it but given the text is grey on white to make it more readable I'd go for a slightly bigger font size maybe?

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    Without checking the code the home page just has so much gray as to be depressing. Looks like a light gray background with gray text and a gray image. Make the text darker to give it more contrast and give the image some color.

    Also on the home page, the link to Supplies takes me to the Wallpaper page. Fix that.

    Every page has your "sales" email address and I would suggest you place your phone number and business hours below that - make it easy as possible for customers to get in touch.

    I also agree that your current home page text should be moved to an "About" page. Your home page should be all about your target market - your prospective customer. What are they going to get from you and how will they benefit.

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    I think it does not really look like a home décor shop from the homepage, more like something creative, maybe blog or something (first impression after opening the homepage and looking at the top part of it). You sell colours, right? Make it bright, cheerful, something that encourages people to re-decorate their home (happy people are more likely to explore and buy), not something depressing. The header image on the homepage is not suitable imho.

    I agree with the idea of moving the intro text to a separate page - at that point users don't really care about what the founders of the business are passionate about, they just care if you sell what they want and whether you are a reliable supplier. The homepage should address that.

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    I think if you changed the home page header image to something home decor instead of the graphic trees. The header images are pixelated on all of the other pages too. I noticed the contact form is off-center unlike the rest of the pages too. For a newbie attempt, not to shabby!

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    I see this said a lot and I've kept my mouth shut on it for a pretty long time, but today I'm going to say something about it...your "newbie" status does not come with the expectation of mercy from anyone. The customers don't care whether or not the site was built by a newcomer since they have absolutely no way whatsoever to evaluate said status, and I'm not going to care either as a result. Heck, you're plunging right into e-commerce...that's not something "newbies" should do. Even most experienced designers and developers should avoid it.

    On we go:

    1) Stu is absolutely right. I get that you want to use neutral colours in order to bring out the colours in your products, but this trend of "light grey as a major colour" in web design has to stop. It's borderline suicide-inducing. Light grey works as an accent colour, but in your case you'd be better off with white, black, and maybe a dark grey or possibly another colour such as light green or blue than you are with white, light grey, and occasional black.

    2) Use contrast more effectively, and if you need a tool to help you, here's a free one. https://www.paciellogroup.com/resour...trastanalyser/ . As Sarah pointed out, your medium grey on white is hard to read. If anything, go with something along the lines of #444444...it's a darker grey, it will pass accessibility testing, and it's still light enough that it isn't black.

    3) Privacy/return policy. You gotta have it. If you sell online, it's a must-have. I'm surprised you haven't been busted for that already.

    4) Your name in the footer. It doesn't belong there. You built the site. Assuming you got paid, your customer kept her end of the bargain...although since you appear to be related, that may not be the case. If it isn't...meh, okay. Even if that is the case, though, your goal should be to get your skill level up to the point where you don't need your customers to find customers...assuming you're going to pursue this as a career option, and you're at least showing a bit of a design eye. Designer credit on customer sites is a horrible practice.

    5) "Take a PEEK", not "Take a PEAK". Their are many people out they're who get there dander up and will leave a site over something like that.

    6) As others have pointed out, the header images need to change. Focus on what your company sells, not stock images of whatever. In the contact us, how about a shot of the store itself?

    The site itself isn't bad. It's simple enough. I can find and order product pretty easily...at least I could if I was a Brit. It just needs tightening up.
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