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New Homepage critque

Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by FindmySupplies, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. FindmySupplies

    FindmySupplies New Member

    We've just updated our homepage as it was looking rather dated.

    Find My Supplies

    any comments or feedback would be much appreciated.

    I personally think the drop down menu's should be onhover rather than onclick.
  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Yes I agree...
  3. daytona

    daytona Member

    yeah it needs proper drop downs but other than that i think it looks good.
    Bordering on being busy (but I'm a bit of a minimalist) but it's all very informative so I can't really hold it against you, Nice :)
  4. FindmySupplies

    FindmySupplies New Member

    Thanks folks, already on with amending the Navigation so that they work how people would expect.
  5. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Nice website, professional and straighforward.

    The banner scrolling at the top is a little fast (5 secs).
  6. richimgd

    richimgd Member

    The menus should be on drop down rather than onclick like you say, also they should be on the whole text link rather than the tiny arrow. The top banner images look like they have a bit too much compression but other than that looks pretty good.
  7. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I was just thinking exactly the opposite. Remember there is no 'hover' on touchscreen devices so dropdown on click is what you should go for nowadays. I am looking for a good onclick dropdown for a project at the moment.
  8. richimgd

    richimgd Member

    I don't think you should compromise major functionality for all the desktop audience just because of touch screen devices. Your top level menu should link to a page with all the sub menu options inside it anyway so it wouldn't matter from a navigation point of view if the hover doesn't work on touch. To those users they wouldn't see any difference as they could still navigate the site fine. Also its important to note that hover does actually work on iOS devices as a kind of pseudo press event - its only android that would definitely not show the hover state. Try a hover drop down menu on an iPad / iPhone - it should actually work.
  9. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not sure I understand how click is compromising functionality. Click/hover, what difference?

    I agree with this and tend to do my nav this way anyway when given the freedom. With some headline links in a horizontal nav driving perhaps some side links on each page. It is just sometimes customers love dropdowns for some reason so you have to find ways and means. I think click rather than hover is hardly the end of the world.

    I also have taken to providing some static links in a footer or a full sitemap where I can.

    From personal experience we had a client who had a graphic designer draw up a layout and he went with dropdowns and so we built it that way. Three weeks later he comes back and says 'I can't navigate it on my iPad'. That's the only time but lesson learnt!

    Well that's all right then cos the Apple fan boys will be OK :icon_wink:

    Of course there are many different considerations when building a site from audience to platform. Always good to consider where your site will be seen and used.
  10. richimgd

    richimgd Member

    I cant speak for everyone, but it seems that 99% of sites that have drop down menus are activated on rollover so to change it to click would totally go against the grain and probably make your website less functional to the average user who is so used to hover over drop down menus. I cant think of a single 'big' website that has a click to activate drop down menu, the simple fact of the matter is its an extra click. If you're going to click on the menu, you may as well just take them to that page rather than reveal a menu, choose an option and click again - seems like one too many clicks. I would go as far as saying there is a huge difference in hover and click in this type of example.
  11. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    Going to disagree (but then you knew I would). An average menu bar (unordered list of links) you'd click on anyway. If that drives a dropdown and you click a second link to get to the page you want is no different to clicking on a static link and then going deeper into the site with perhaps a sidebar menu. It is still two clicks to get to the page. No difference in usability for me.

    Good to have the debate though. Means we are all considering the right kind of things even if we have different views. I'd imagine you'd win in a poll of users at the present time anyway because folks are used to hover.
  12. richimgd

    richimgd Member

    Yeah a bit of a debate is always good. I don't think hover is always the way forward such as with an accordian menu, which to me makes more sense to click to activate although I have been a growing number of sites using hover for that. (Apple / Safari homepage for example).

    I stand by the original drop down type menu should be hover every time though. If you hover over the menu to reveal the 2nd level choices and click then you have gone 2 levels deep into the site with a single click instead of 2 clicks which is what my previous point was about. Its so quick to easily hover over every drop down and quickly see what the site has to offer without even clicking once.

    Although to go against my argument there is Computer Hardware - which uses a click to activate menu, but this might be because of the sheer number of options that it makes sense to have the extra window pop up on click rather than quickly disappear on roll-out. I think as you say each project should be planned and decided what is best


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