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    Would love your opinions

    Hi people me and my partner have gone for a total career change and have spent the past few months self teaching ourselves web design, we're pretty happy with our site now apart from a few things like the logo and some large areas of text which we are struggling to format on the home page but we would love to know what you think, thanks... Shane & Jess. www.interlead.co.uk

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    What exactly did you self teach yourself over the past few months exactly?

    What you have shown us is a theme. While its ok if you do a considerable amount of changes, or if its all your business can afford. However for someone who is trying to turn this into a career I'd recommend building your site as much as you can from scratch.

    Now you didnt ask for our opinion on if you should do this for a living so thats enough of that. What I will say is that it is unfair for us to critique this work for you as its not your own. I do not believe you have done many significant changes and so the work in question is not yours, but rather whoever made the theme you are using. If you can point out what changes you made it might help.


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    Thanks for your input, what considerable amount of changes would you suggest stating that is not helpful in the slightest. Also could i view some of your work so i can see how the pros do it? thanks.

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    I really think that the homepage is too long - takes time to scroll down to the very bottom, it resembles on of those one page websites but it is not. Users do not read that much on the homepage - really doubt if anyone will read A to Z the SEO optimisation bit there - the homepage is for providing a quick snapshot of what you offer, if you put too much there, it loses its main purpose.

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    Since Vapr_Arts mentioned a theme, I viewed the source of the site to see what theme it was. It's the Divi theme, found here: http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=Divi

    It was then that I discovered that you're hosting with HostGator. The reason I'm bringing this up is because it relates indirectly to the theme. Shane: you and your partner, whoever that is, are learning. I get that. And since you just started learning, you're likely following along with the prevailing advice pertaining to web design and development and hosting that you've read online. I get that too. Now here's the most important lesson you will ever learn when it comes to this stuff:

    THE PREVAILING ADVICE IS ALMOST ALWAYS VERY, VERY WRONG.

    Vapr_Arts already explained the issue with the theme, which is compounded by your offering of "bespoke" design. "Bespoke" in North American means "custom", which indicates scratch or nearly scratch effort. So I don't need to comment any further.

    The HostGator advice...you probably read a whole bunch of reviews and review sites that talked about how great HostGator is and how it's the largest hosting company in the world with about a zillion hosting customers and how everyone loves it and it has a wonderful offer where you can sign up for a penny or something to that effect. Well...here's the thing about reviews. Anyone can post them. Including shills. Shills that get paid affiliate revenue every time a customer signs up for HostGator. And unless you've been reading reviews for a long time, it's almost impossible to tell a good shill review from a legitimate paid review. Some of them are quite misleading. Basically, the key is to examine each review critically and see if it's intelligent and passes the "smell test". Most don't.

    HostGator is part of an umbrella corporation known as Endurance International Group. They weren't a particularly good host before EIG bought them out, and they've had some serious issues with downtime among many other things since then:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HostGator#Incidents

    So how does this affect your site? It doesn't...directly. It does have an indirect effect, though:

    https://developers.google.com/speed/...rlead.co.uk%2F

    If you look at the things to be improved, you'll see that you should consider fixing your server response time. Server response time is the time it takes your server to respond and start sending data back to the browser or other client. Higher response times usually indicate server slowdowns, overselling, network, and other issues. HostGator is slow to begin with, but when you couple that with the weight of WP and you get any kind of significant traffic, you're going to see slowdowns and downtime. So...the best thing you can do is find yourself a real host. Here's mine: www.sectorlink.com . No shilling, no affiliate link...I don't get a dime for recommending them. I just do it because they've been a supplier of mine for almost 14 years and I'd prefer to keep a legitimate company in business by referring others as opposed to having to find some idiot second-tier host to handle my needs...and as a developer (not a designer), my needs are a lot more complex than yours. Trust me on this.
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    I took off running when that pop up banner jumped in my face. I hate those things and always leave a site when some cutie pie yeng yang has put one on their site.

    That Divi theme is one of the most over used themes in Wordpress.

    Since you're hosted with Hostgator you and your friend may want to consider getting a doctor's prescription for pain and nerve pills.
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    Best of luck to you both,Your site looks good hope you will be successful.

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    Thank you everyone for the feedback we will continue to better ourselves and take everything into account what has been offered thanks.

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    Sorry, I am trying to catch up with old posts that I have missed. Game, like always has gave some very invaluable advice.

    As far as what to change to make it worth reviewing, honestly I do not know. My opinion on what is enough is only my opinion and may not reflect that of anyone else. I would say you would need to do enough work that the majority of the work is yours. That means change the theme to the point where we can't recognize it as a theme. That would be enough for me. Might be too much or even not enough for someone else though.

    As far as the work I have done. Most of them are run on local networks and aren't publicly available. I wish I could! Don't get me wrong I enjoy what I have done and enjoy working with my clients, but I do get frustrated that I have very little to show. Granted this is mostly because I have yet to build my own site. Once I finish it this year sometime I will be able to showcase my work better. Sorry I couldn't help you there.

    I can however tell you that if you want/need inspiration there are sites that are great for that. I like browsing through Awwwards.com


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    I only glanced at the site and so far it looks pretty good. I did notice a few typos and I think the text font could be something easier on the eyes and maybe a shy bit bigger. I think the menu text should also be a tiny bit bigger too. Especially for those viewing on high resolution monitors.


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